Earith – historic

[14] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; Earith 1930’s gravel, silage and crows

[14] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; Earith 1930’s gravel, silage and crows

(John Wales speaking and standing in Earith High Street) Frank Harradine – to make a bit more money from his cows— he used to dig gravel by hand from the old Bedford River just after it comes out through the 7 Holes (bridge). Then it used to dry out, he had a screen, a metal screen, […]

[13] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; cows, calves and milk

[13] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; cows, calves and milk

(John Wales speaking and standing in Earith High Street) My father was a calf dealer and farmer, as was his forebears and we had a yard full of Hackney horses and a stallion used for pulling the traps for delivering the calves and also a team of very smart cart horses for the land work. […]

[12] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; Earith farming 1930’s and earlier

[12] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; Earith farming 1930’s and earlier

(John Wales speaking and standing in Earith High Street) Jewson’s gave casual work to many villagers, portering wood from barges to their yard. But farming was the biggest Industry (around the area) and with the busy weekly market in St Ives livestock was put on the local train to Somersham and then distributed to local […]

[11] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; Discipline and gardens

[11] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; Discipline and gardens

(John Wales speaking and standing near to the Earith British School on the Colne Road.) In Standard 3 discipline was very strict. The headmaster carried a cane permanently in his hand and this had a pig’s tail at one end and could be bent in two without breaking. He had a supply of these — […]

[10] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; skating to other places

[10] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; skating to other places

(John Wales speaking while standing at Bridge End, Earith) Bobby Dring, Grandad Dring, I told you about Granny Dring skating didn’t I? Her family were related to the Browns who kept the Houghton Mill, they were corn merchants. So this lady – she was a school teacher, died when she was 90,  she was very […]

[9] John (Jack) Wales: Earith British School 1930’s – Younger ones

[9] John (Jack) Wales: Earith British School 1930’s – Younger ones

(The Earith British School is on the Colne Road. John Wales is speaking.) The Headmaster, Mr Leadbetter, (or ‘Ghandi’ as the children called him) always carried a cane which he was not afraid to use and it was reputed that these canes were bought by the bundle! In approximately 1937 a new headmaster was appointed […]

[8] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; graves and rolling in the aisle

[8] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; graves and rolling in the aisle

(John Wales speaking while standing at St. Mary’s Bluntisham cum Earith Church) The Rector we had before McNeil was the Revd. Peak and he was an authority on birds, he was an ornithologist, And he used to catch them on the Rectory lawn which was a lovely garden in those days and trap them and then […]