It is still a matter of some debate on how much the Great War impacted on life in a rural community like Haslingfield. John Beynon, in his ‘The Call to Arms’, outlines the impact on individual families whose menfolk either enlisted or who sought, through exemption, not to enlist. But was there a collective impact? Click Read More below for more info. Read more
Unsurprisingly, Cambridge businesses were keen to stress their patriotic credentials during the First World War. In the month that the Expeditionary Force landed in France, August 1914, Horniman’s announced no increase in the price of their tea. A month later Eaden Lilley, conscious perhaps of some customer grumbling, placed an ad in the Cambridge Chronicle, as follows: Read more
Two features published in The Cambridge Chronicle in the early months of 1915 provide a sharp contrast between life at home and at the front. The first is a letter from ‘A Cambridge Lady:
“Sir – While the streets are so dark I think perambulators should not be allowed on the pavements after sunset, as they add considerably to the danger. I myself nearly had a fall owing to them, and several other ladies have had the same experience. There is, in addition, the risk of the perambulator being upset and the child seriously injured. When there are no lights every care ought to be taken to prevent accidents. Yours, etc.” Read more
The outbreak of war in late 1914 seems to have had an immediate impact upon employment patterns in the town. An article in the Cambridge Chronicle of 6th November reported ‘How Cambridge is affected by the War’: Read more
Scouring the pages of the ‘Cambridge Chronicle’ for material for the Village Society’s November 11 presentation, I came across a letter written in September 1914, just after the outbreak of war, extolling the virtues of flannelette as opposed to flannel underwear for the troops. Read more
J.G. Watson’s account ends with the connection to the sewer built to accommodate the council estate built opposite. The ‘hut’ was lined with plaster-board and painted by the Youth Club, under the direction of Ken Knight. Plans were in hand to resurface the hard tennis court, and to re-turf the goalmouths of the football pitch.
That was in 1961, and now the Rec enjoys a permanent building used for a variety of activities, including full theatrical presentations. I’m sure Henry Badcock and the Chivers family would be proud of how the Rec has developed.
After Chivers had donated another field to expand the recreation ground, the Badcock Trustees had enough money to build a cricket pavilion (on the site of the present one). It soon became obvious that this was a facility that many organisations in the village wanted to use, and a Village Concerts Committee was formed, which eventually raised sufficient funds for a billiard room and kitchen. Read more
The Archives have just acquired a copy of an article written by J.G. Watson of Pate’s Farm in 1961 about the creation of the Rec. My next two postings will reproduce extracts.
‘It is many years ago now since Mr. Henry Badcock looked vainly round the village for a field for the children and young people to play on without being chased off by an irate farmer or landowner. Read more
Eliza’s great-uncle, Reuben, married into a prosperous local farming family in 1814, when he took the hand of Phoebe Willmott. Tragically, all their four children died – Thomas died of tuberculosis in 1826, Elizabeth of the same disease in the following year, and Reuben junior and Daniel similarly in 1828. In 1831 Reuben senior died, also of TB, leaving Phoebe desolate and without a family. Read more
Continuing our story of Haslingfield through the eyes of the Goode family, a life-transforming event occurred at the beginning of the 19th century with the advent of enclosure. Read more
Having looked at village life in Nora Cannell’s time, the next few entries will look at life a couple of generations before, through the eyes of Eliza Goode.
Eliza was the fourth child, and first daughter, of Emma and Thomas Goode, a bricklayer, and was born on 28th December, 1859. Read more
Remarkably little is recorded as happening at Easter in the Haslingfield of former times. There are no stories around Easter in the ‘Haslingfield Chronicle’. Can anyone out there throw a light on any regular Eastertime activity in the past in the village? Read more
In the last of this series on Nora Cannell’s ‘Memories of a Haslingfield Childhood’, we look at a few of the places that meant so much to her. A full text of the Memories is available on the web site. Read more
Details of the people on the war memorial are now available for download on the website courtesy of the Haslingfield Village Society