Book of the month - January 2011
WALTHAM MEMORIES COMPILED BY JENNIE MOONEY
HISTORY PRESS, THE MILL, BRIMSCOMBE PORT, STROUD, GLOS GL5 2QG
ISBN 978 0 7524 5571 6
Waltham was once a rural agricultural village with a distinct sense of community. Post-war expansion changed the village dramatically but still thrives as a community. This book blossomed from a local history project to capture memories through conversation, interviews and written contributions, with brief biographies of fifteen main contributors.
Memories are grouped under six main headings: education (schooldays) and religion (church and chapel), village life (scrumping apples, potato picking and jam making), people and characters (not forgetting Ben and Ben the dillymen), streets and houses – the 1924 shooting affray and the woman who like ale, shops and businesses – the two shops of Topliss the grocer (one with bow windows), and a special section on the brick tower windmill (still working and now a tourist attraction).
Memories of work, sport and war years are vivid and very personal, which is why this book is so good to read, as well as being an important social and historical record. And particularly so because of the inclusion of over eighty photographs from North East Lincolnshire Council’s local history collection, and artwork by children from the Leas Junior School in the village.
LINCOLNSHIRE BOOKS IN BRIEF
• Lost Lincolnshire Country Houses Vol 6 by Robert Pacey. Old Chapel Lane Books, Burgh Le Marsh PE24 5LQ ISBN 978 0 9562230 0 3 £7.80 (plus post £1.20)
Last in series covering some sixty-four lost houses. Those in this volume associated in some way with Willoughby de Eresby family: Eresby House (Spilsby), Belleau Manor, Swinstead House, Scottlethorpe Manor (near Edenham), Osgodby Manor (Lenton), Uffington House, Branston Old Hall, Hanthorpe Manor (Morton near Bourne), Aswarby Hall (near Sleaford), Bloxholm Hall, Nettleham Hall, Somerby Park (Corringham) and Wilsford House.
Information about owners and occupiers, drawings and photographs; particularly interesting are revealing pictures of interiors.
• Skegness Lifeboats – an illustrated history by Nicholas Leach. Landmark Publishing, Ashbourne Hall, Cokayne Avenue, Ashbourne, Derbys DE6 1EJ ISBN 978-184306437 £9.99
Starts with first lifeboat at Gibraltar Point 1825 and moved to more suitable site at Skegness 1830, others further north, with accounts of brave rescues, up to 1864 when RNLI took over boats of the Lincolnshire Coast Shipwreck Association. Then Herbert Ingram boats to 1888, the Ann, John & Mary, Samuel Lewis (1906-1932) all pulled by oarsmen. The next, the Ann Allen was the first motor powered, followed by The Cuttle, the Charles Fred Grantham and the Lincolnshire Poacher from 1990, the only all-weather lifeboat in Lincolnshire.
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