Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Holy Trinity Church late 1800's

Holy Trinity Church in late 1800's.
This photo of Holy Trinity Church was taken in the late 1800’s, when the church tower still has quite a growth of ivy. It was discovered in the early 1900’s that ivy was weakening the lime mortar in the structure, and it was then removed. You can see at the lower part of the tower on the north side the sloping roof of what was once the church boiler room.

The photo itself was taken from what is known as Bell Rope Meadow. The meadow got its name I was told by John Fowler, a one-time Ringing Master of the tower that it was a tithe pasture, and the money from that tithe was set aside for the maintenance of the six bell ropes, oak stays and ash sliders.

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Sartins Family Shop 1887.

The Sartin's Family Shop 1887.
Way back before the days of Supermarkets, the folks living in the three Cookham's relied very much on shopkeepers like the Sartin family to supply them with their household dry goods requirements for their basic needs such as flour, sugar and dried fruit. Together with household cleaning materials, such as polish, washing soda and bluing for the laundry and of course oil for the oil lamps in the house.

The Sartin's had four daughters who are pictured in the photo above together with their mother. Right from a very tender age these girls would help in the family business by running errands and collecting orders from the larger houses in the area. Also they would have to help with keeping house and to cook under their mothers watchful eye, ready for the day when they to would get married.
I have only once in my travels come across the name Sartin. That was down in Yetminister, Dorset. Where one of the well known group called "The Yettie's," had a member with the name "Bonny Sartin."

Sunday, August 12, 2012

History Restored.

History Restored.
The print by Fred Morgan which you see above use to hang in the kitchen of Widbrook Cottage when I was growing up. Recently I came across this print in a very sad and sorry state. So as I had the tools to repair it, the result of which you can see below.

Here for you all to see is the restored Fred Morgan print aptly named, "Tug of War."