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Historic maps of Wragby and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all Wragby maps
Wragby area books
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Memories of Wragby
I was born at Bardney in 1946. We moved away from the area as my Dad was a farm worker so moved to different farms. My Grandparents used to live in Rose Cottage at Bardney which in my days as a young child along with my younger brothers and sister we used come to visit and I remember having to cross a field with geese in it to get to the Cottage. We all had to sit on a long bench at the very large kitchen table just a couple of memories that stick in my mind. I dont think the cottage is there now but would love to hear if anyone else can remember it. I hope to go back to Bardney one of these days to have a good look around as I know we had a very big family connection there. Vanda Miller nee Shucksmith.
Service in The RAF
I served at RAF Market Stainton in 1947 until its closure when we were transferred to RAF Wickenby. Several years ago ex RAF personnel were invited to a fete near to the Church of St. Michael's I gathered together a number of personnel who were at Stainton at the same time as myself; I have several photograghs of the "Party". Our time at this unit was made most enjoyable by the warmth of the local inhabitants and I also recall the bad winter of 1947 when we were snowed in at Market Stainton Hall - not being able to go off station because of the amount of snow that had fallen. After the "party" we all visited the church and the Pub in the village which we regulary attended during our stay on the Unit. The Station Officer was a Warrant Officer who was in charge of our section. When the Unit was disbanded contact was lost with this Officer, until looking around the Church Yard we noticed his gravestone -... Read more
I was evacuated to Reepham from London, when the war was going on. I lived in the high street with a Mrs Tonn, and a Mr & Mrs Mason on their farm. The days of freshly made butter and milk! Farm animals as pets! I remember the tiny school so well that I attended, also the Church of St Peter & St Pauls, I went to Sunday school there. It was such a wonderfull time in my life. I left Reepham at the age of 8, to go back to my family. I did research on my old village, and it has not changed one bit in the High Sstreet, sigh! Where did all those years in between go!? I'm 73 this year and I will always have a place in my heart for those days.
Me and my sister used to go and stay in the school holidays with our great nanna, Mrs Hilda Pocklington, in her cottage at Walsbey Road, we used to love our time there. The tennis courts were out the back, and we often used to sit and watch them play tennis in the summer and often wondered whether any of them would end up at Wimbleden, or indeed ourselves - childhood dreams I guess. I also remember she had a coal shoot on the side wall and the coal man arriving and tipping it in and cleaning out the grate and re lighting the fire on cold days. I now have a fake coal fire that brings back memories. The Sellars lived over the road in their bungalow and a Lady Jessie lived next door in a big white house and a man called Jack lived next door to Nan. His house is no longer there, after being rebuilt. My nan's cottage is now almost unrecognisable due to being modernised,... Read more
My Link To Cherry Willingham
I feel connected through family,whom I have never met. My plan to visit and connect in person will depend on whether I can trace my relative. Does anyone recall Stan (Clark?) and his daughter Linda? Linda's paternal Grandmother was Emily,and paternal Great Grandma was Eliza Woodley. All from the south London area. Stan was cousin to my dad, Harold Willing, who lived in Swindon,until his death in 2006. I would be so grateful if any one can help me trace family. I also apologise if this is innapropriate use of this site, but cannot as yet, find another link. Thank you so much,in advance for any information you may have. Linda Willing
Middle Rasen Farmer Sires Two Mayors For Grimsby
My 2nd G/Grandfather, Robert Milner (1794-1870), married Mary Ann Norton on 25th April 1821 in St. Peters Church, Middle Rasen, winessed by Thomas Miller, Nicholas Danby and Frances Popple. They had ten children, all born in Middle Rasen, and the family remained there until my grandfather Christopher Miller (1865-1937), grandson of Robert Milner, moved to Grimsby and later became Mayor of that town in the year 1912/13. Walter Banyard Smith (1913-1993), a 2nd G/Grandson of Robert Miller, was also Mayor of Grimsby in the year 1980/81.
Black Horse Inn
The photograph of the High Street with the Black Horse Inn Sign in the foreground reminded me that one of my ancestors, Sims Briggs, was the landlord of the inn according to the 1881 Census. Some of the other members are interned in the churchyard including my 2x Great Grandmother Susannah Briggs, wife of John who also died in Ludford but I have no knowledge of his resting place. I recently visited the village and was impressed by the way the churchyard is kept.