Orton Waterville maps
Historic maps of Orton Waterville and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all Orton Waterville maps
Orton Waterville photos
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Orton Waterville area books
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Memories of Orton Waterville
Orton Longueville Grammar School 1959-1961
Orton Longueville Grammar School start was Spring Term of 1959. Officiallly opening 1961 Cllr Blake (I believe). The Head master was Mr Woodcock; a true gentleman and fair. School days were happy on the whole. I had many friends. At one time I could look at the 1957 school grioup taken at Fletton Grammar - from where we all transferred - and could honestly name practically everyone on there! Old Fletton and Orton Longueville 'old'pupils have had a few happy reunions. One thing we all disliked of the area was the strong smell of sugarbeet. UGH!!! n
I'm searching web for information about George Alcock MBE who was my teacher in Fletton Primary and mixed School on the High Street bridge. Unfortunately both Mr Alcock and the school have long gone, but my memories of that great man will always be with me.
Because of him I passed my 11+ and went on to the grammar school down the road.
I'm hoping other pupils will remember the times we walked with him around the knotholes and were invited to farcet to share starry nights with him and his wife, often in the bitter cold. They were magical times - seeing the stars through the telescopes and being given hot drinks as we watched the planets.
went to school there from 1978 to 1986
Norma asked about George Alcock. There is quite a lot of info about his history on the search engines. Our daughter Shelley was taught by Mr Alcock at Southfields Primary School, Stanground. This was her last year when she was aged 10/11. She loved Mr Alcock. He was very patient and always interesting to listen to. He instilled in her a love of birds and the stars. Mr Alcock was always willing to give up his free time and she often went to talks and field trips with other members of the class. A wonderful man.
Does anyone remember the school behind Farrows factory beside the railway on the bridge/hill? I have many memories of walking past it with my mum, Gertrude Nightingale (nee Davis), she would tell me stories of the teachers there, and although it was supposed to be knocked down whilst she was a young woman it was still standing when I was 12 (1970). I loved that old building with its Christmas trees still painted on the windows and the old-fashioned chisled signs above the entrances, boys and girls. I would love to know more about its history.
Milton Ferry Bridgge Outside Castor, Not at Peterborough!
We scattered some of my father's ashes here in March 2013. He was Arthur Benjamin Wyldbore, b 1921. His family was from Castor and Ailsworth and though he was born in London in 1921, he spent a lot of time with his grandparents and aunts and uncles in Castor and Peterborough. They were Wyldbores, Parkers, Carters, Browns.
Milton Ferry Bridge is still a very lovely place, over the River Nene.
Fenland Farming Around Peterborough
On reading the book 'PETERBOROUGH A Miscellany' a couple of items are incorrect by my own knowledge and experience. Page 4 : 'Dockey' was a word almost exclusive to fen farmworkers, it was the break taken at 1000 to 1030 hrs, it generally consisted of a 'thumb bit' this was a chunk of bread with a hole made in it to contain butter, meat or cheese which was eaten with a sharp knife (lambsfoot make preferred), the piece of bread taken out to make the hole was used as a thumb bit to keep the part to be eaten clean. There were no facilities for hand washing other than the dykes. The work hours on fen farms in those days was 0700 start, 1000 to 1030 dockey, 1300 to 1310 'onesies', this was ten minutes to finish off your flask of tea, or more often the bottle of cold sweet tea that many preferred. Finish at 1615 Mon to Thur, and 1600 on a Friday, a 47 hour week, for which a... Read more