1881 Kent born Ernest Herbert Goff, the last miller to work Werrington’s Tower Mill on Lincoln Road, retiring in 1953.
The restored mill still stands today.
Three superb images showing Empire Day celebrations on The Green in Thorney, date unknown.
It was not until after the death of Queen Victoria, who died on 22 January 1901, that Empire Day was first celebrated. The first ‘Empire Day’ took place on 24th May 1902, the Queen’s birthday. Although not officially recognised as an annual event until 1916, many schools across the British Empire were celebrating it before then.
Each Empire Day, millions of school children from all walks of life across the length and breadth of the British Empire would typically salute the union flag and sing patriotic songs like Jerusalem and God Save the Queen. They would hear inspirational speeches and listen to tales of ‘daring do’ from across the Empire, stories that included such heroes as Clive of India, Wolfe of Québec and ‘Chinese Gordon’ of Khartoum. But of course the real highlight of the day for the children was that they were let of school early in order to take part in the thousands of marches, maypole dances, concerts and parties that celebrated the event !
A c.1904 image showing the old “Conegar” watermill at Woodnewton.
Flour was produced at Conegar Mill for a number of years but sadly, due to high maintenance costs and millwright charges, things began to deteriorate. A few years into the 20th century (c.1906) the mill stone ceased to turn and what had been a good little ‘undershot water mill’ was lost forever.
The building still survives in a beautiful setting on a public footpath out of the village, opposite the church ….. well worth a visit !
St Judiths Lane, Sawtry in 1905 around the site of today’s playing fields car park.
The old thatch cottage was owned by the Wiles family and it caught fire in the late 1970s and was replaced with a pre-fab bungalow. The bungalow was lived in until sometime in the 1990s when Bill and Marie Wiles passed away, after which it was knocked down and the house that is there now was built on the land.
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