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VILLAGE HISTORY GROUP
– ISSUE 13 – JUNE 2005
OUR MAY MEETING
attended May meeting was another of our interesting and popular
“Display” evenings. The evening included a new innovation of two mini
lectures; One by our member, Sheila Wain who has researched the Auden
family, the other by David Guest who gave us an insight to the origin of
the Repton Chronology and about the current investigations into the
possibility of producing a more permanent copy. There were many items from
our archives on show and of particular interest there was a display of
photos of WW2 topics and a Family Tree of the Brown family dating back to
1766. This was recently sent to us by Penny Ellis from Thailand. Just to
prove that history is always being made, there were photos of the recent
parade by the Repton Royal British Legion to celebrate the 70th
anniversary of their founding as well as the 60th anniversary
Many of you
will be aware that Ros Hudson is leaving Repton at the end of June for a
new home in Axminster. Ros has an exceptional knowledge of Repton going
back many, many years and has always been very kind to the History Group
by allowing us to copy many of her photographs and passing information to
us for our archives. We will be sorry to see her leave Repton but would
like to thank her for all her help and we wish her every happiness in her
Tuesday 19th July -
“The Findern Trail”. A
guided walk round the interesting village of Findern. There is a limit of
25 on this trip. Please contact Alan & Gill Hiley on 01332 273445 for
full details and booking. This is a free event but a minimum donation of
£1.00 per head is requested for Findern Church Funds.
August – No meeting.
Tuesday 20th September – “A
Backward Glance at Childhood Games” talk
by Maureen Newton.
writes -Maureen is a local and family historian of many years standing.
Although living in Hucknall, she knows South Derbyshire very well and has
carried out research work in the area. Maureen works at the superb Erewash
Museum in Ilkeston (well worth a visit) and has lectured on local and
family history. Some years ago she wrote a successful book “Children in
the Mines”. In her talk Maureen will bring to life all those games that
you may or may not remember. These would have been played not just in
Repton but in towns and villages all over the country. She may well ask
for audience participation.
Tuesday 18th October – A Display Evening with the
village school logbooks and photographs from our Archives. This is an event which is being keenly looked forward to and
we wish to encourage people to come along to reminisce and also bring
anything else along about the village school. We have quite a number of
photographs but would like more. These do not have to be old, after all
last year is already history! Many people have stories to tell about the
teachers, the sports days etc. Help us to make this a memorable evening.
A LETTER FROM ROCHDALE.
Out of the
blue, we have received a letter from Austen Wheatcroft of Whitworth, near
Rochdale who originates from Repton. Although he is 85 years old, he is
remembered by quite a number of current residents.
He had been
looking at our photographic book “Repton – Historic Capital of Mercia”
which brought back many memories for him, saying that it seemed just like
yesterday. Among the things he recalls are:
He used to
help Seth Pearson the basket maker peel his “withies” (presumably the
osiers) by pulling them through something like a narrow tuning fork. This
was after they had been boiled to turn them brown.
taking horses to be shod at the Forge and that various tools were
sharpened and re-set there.
He took corn
to be ground at Repton Mill for 1/6p per hundredweight and recalls old Alf
Sanders who wore an ill-fitting truss which he was forever adjusting,
hence his nick name “scratch cock”. However he was a very kind man and
was very proud of the mill. He showed him the workings and told him that
the water wheel was 18ft in diameter and explained that the dressing of
the mill stones was a fine art and very expensive.
the road to Bretby pit still had three gates across it when he was a lad
and that his mother went by horse and cart to purchase coal at the
pit-head for 7/6p for half a ton and then sold it on for 10/-.
remembers Mr Chessman giving him advice on the way to sharpen a scythe and
why it had to be set for men of different height.
forget that much more information about the History Group complete with
stories about Repton is available on the link from www.reptonvillage.org.uk.
edition of our Newsletter will be available at the September meeting.
A.K.19th June 2005
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