Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
In the picture are three young lads. Jim Hatch at the wheel. On the right, an old school buddy Geoff Emmett, son of Percy and Kit Emmett of White Place farm. Sad to say he was killed in a motor accident at Flackwell Heath. The other lad on the left was a friend of Geoff, whose mother was caretaker at a youth club in Maidenhead. I can't remember his name.
The paddles belongd to a boat that Geoff had on the Thames at that time. Many the time that car took us over to the Royalty cinema at Bourne End on a Saturday. Even drove it to London and around Piccadilly and down The Mall after a dance at the Maidenhead Rowing Club on Saturday night. Ah those heady days of youth!!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
After leaving school he joined the Royal Navy. Saw him once or twice when he was on leave visiting his Mother and Father at their cottage on Odney Common.
He did live after he married in Dad Sexton’s old house in school lane. Played Cricket for Cookham Dean at one time. Last heard of was that he was living in Cookham Dean.
His mother ran a small sweet shop with a shoe repair shop next door, which is now called “Charles Cottage” No idea where they moved to after the war.
The eldest boy in the Stone family that lived in Black Butts Cottages. He was in and out of Holy Trinity as he lived in Maidenhead part time according to records. Where he is I have no idea.
His father also Bob, a local farmer and also a member of the church choir. Was last heard of living in North Devon.
There is no information on his whereabouts.
Son of Arthur Hatch, a local coal merchant. Now retired, and living in Marlow.
Nobby Clark, on leaving school became an animator with Gaumont Animations at Moor Hall. Then moved to Canada to work with Crawley Films in Ottawa. Then worked freelance until he retired and is now living in Ottawa.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The Jolly Farmer is that little bit of Cookhan Dean history that is deserving a mention in this blog. A favourite watering hole of a very good friend of my family the late Jim Ricketts. It was about 10 years ago when my sons David and Neal and my daughter-in-law Sandra had a wonderful lunch here.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Whether you were using a team of one, two, three or four horses on the farm for wagons, ploughs, harrows or cultivators “The Whippletree” was an essential piece of a shire horse harness. The reason being that the exerted pull by the horses would be concentrated at one central point of the implement or wagon. Traces whether made of chain or leather would be connected to a hook which was part of the metal hames fitted to the horses collar on either side, then back to the Whippletree.
The old Whippltree’s were made of ash and fashioned in such a manner, that the pull was with the grain of the wood. Later they were fashioned in with a double flat curved piece of steel to gain even more pulling power and slightly lighter in weight. Today, where they are still used, the material is much lighter and stronger still.
The Astor's, White Place Farm had one of these units for tedding the hay in the 1930's. Most likely purchased somewhere in the 1920's, as it was far from new when I remember it being used during the haymaking season by Percy Emmett and his black Clydesdale mare Blossom.
Here are some facts about this machine provided to me by the archives of Bamfords' of Utoxeter and Mr. Phillip Wood.
This machine is very light in draught, does perfect work on ridge or furrow, and will deal with the heaviest crops without clogging. The tine drums are driven at the same speed when turning a corner as when driven on the straight. It will tedd two full swaths.
The diamentions of the machine is as follows: Width over fork heads: 5ft. 10ins. Extreme width: 7ft. 3ins.
Price of the unit: £17.0.0. Drivers seat extra: 15/- Note no mention of any delivery charge or VAT!
Once again my thanks to Mr. Phillip Wood and the Bamford Archives.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Farms and Estates were never large enough to warrant a full time skilled harness repair man. So this skill became a job where the harness maker would travel from farm to farm and would stay long enough to repair any leather work or harness that needed attention.
The tool above is a foot operated clamp or vise for holding the leather together while it was being stitched. First the leather to be sewn was punched with an awl. Then using two needles going in oposite directions the leather would be sewn with a waxed linen thread.
This service carried on until the horse on the farm lost favour to the tractor. This clamp is still used today in the workrooms of the Harness Shops or where leather work is repaired.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Collecting groups are being organized in your district. Groups of scholars are being organized to collect Horse Chestnuts. Receiving depots are being opened in most districts. Your school is a depot where 22/6 per cwt is being paid for immediate delivery of the chestnuts (without the outer green husks). This collection is invaluable war work and is very urgent.
We were told that it was to make toothpaste that would prevent tooth decay and the need to go to the dentist. That of course was not the truth, as during the First World War a Professor Weizmann had discovered a process in 1915 of how he could distill the Horse Chestnut into acetone to make the explosive cordite. Though no reference is made to this fact in World War Two records, the fact is that it did happen just for that year only.
There were a great many Horse Chestnut trees in the Maidenhead Court area and both Gerald Effamy and I collected quite a lot in a very short time, for which we thought, we made a handsome return for our efforts.
Horse Chestnuts were not the only wartime source of income for us, as we were encouraged to collect wild Rose Hips for the making of “Rosehip Syrup” for babies and toddlers.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
One requires five straws of the same length down to the first knot joint. The knot joint is removed so that another straw can be inserted as you work to the end. The ears are left on the first straws and they tied tight with either a ribbon or a piece of thread. You then open up four of the straws in a cross and the fifth you lay along side and bend and wrap the next straw. Working your way round forming a opening beehive shape. After four or five circuits you then turn the straw inwards reducing the beehive size until it becomes a close plait.
The straw should have some moisture in it so that it will bend without splitting. Wheat straw is best, though it can be done using oat or barley straw.