We thought readers might be interested in this list of forthcoming events from Herefordshire Local History Societies.
Our last meeting at The Volunteer on 6th September was attended by seven enthusiasts - Christine, Rose, Amy, David, Linda, Bill and Rob, and we had apologies from Tony, Ian, Hugh and Mo. Agreed actions are in bold.
We have had an interesting response to a query we made to the Wedgwood Museum, about these pottery pieces, found near the Royal Ordnance Factory, Rotherwas.
"Thank you for the pictures. You can just make out the 'Wedgwood &', and underneath 'Tunstall', which is useful.
I'm afraid that I can be of little help on this occasion as the ware in question is a product of Wedgwood & Co not Josiah Wedgwood (& Sons).
Originally founded around 1832 by Enoch Wedgwood in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent (Staffordshire), this factory (Wedgwood & Co) had nothing whatsoever to do with the firm known formerly as Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Limited, until 1980 when we were forced to take them over because of the ongoing confusion with the use of the Wedgwood name. At the time of the takeover we were advised that their records had been destroyed in a series of fires in the 1950s, therefore we have no archive or other documentary material with which we can assist members of the public with enquiries relating to this former manufacturer. You may however find this website of some use:
We didn't know that before!
An active local history group has called on Herefordshire Council to halt the demolition of the Old Army Barracks on Harold Street by Hereford Cathedral School to clear space for new build student accommodation. The group believes that the existing building is important to the area and could be adapted.
Writing to the Council on behalf of the group, Tony Taylor said: 'The Old Barracks are of important local historical and cultural significance. We strongly support the views of the Planning Officers that the applicant should be encouraged to accommodate the proposed end use without the need for wholesale demolition.'
'It will always be the case that incorporating and adapting existing buildings for new purposes is challenging and may involve additional expense. However, we feel that the local significance of this building fully justifies the effort required. We do not accept the applicant has fully explored the possibilities but has chosen to take the easy option to go for complete demolition.
The planning application can be viewed here and although general consultation ended on September 1st, comments directly to the Case Officer can still be made.
Further details about the building and local concerns can be found in our Topics Section.
There will be an illustrated talk by our own Bill Laws at 6.30pm on Thursday 15th September 2016 at Herefordshire Archive & Records Centre (HARC), Fir Tree Lane, Rotherwas, Hereford HR2 6LA.
Herefordshire in 1913 was an old fashioned shire under the benevolent rule of the Church and the gentry. Its bishop was opposed to war and his successor was opposed to women’s suffrage. Many of its farmers refused to plough on a Sunday: many more regarded women as being incapable of farm work. By 1919 the shire was in mourning for over 4,000 men. It had employed over 4,000 women on munitions and another 2,500 on farms. It had put to the plough more rich, milk meadows than any other county in England or Wales. And it had deprived more children of a proper education than any other English county.
Herefordshire’s Home Front in the First World War is the story of what happened in those inter- vening years during the con ict they called the Great War.
The author, himself a former provincial journalist, has trawled the local press and history sources for a host of stories that reveal how people coped with the conflict at home: how the king turned former chauffeur George Butcher into England’s most famous ploughman; the persecution of Socialist war protester Stanley Powell; the gaoling of plucky Welsh munitioneer Elsie Abel who saved the Rotherwas National Filling Factory from an explosion; the fate of the German mistress Mary Bernstein and her child, caught hiding in Hereford; and the Belgian baby they called the Little Refugee. From the widowed Walford clergyman who tried to keep his seven servants from the front to the wounded Orcop soldier given his family home by public subscription, this is the story of a county at war at home.
Paperback, 176 pages with 85 illustrations, mainly photographs ISBN 978 1 910839 06 5 Price £10
Published by Logaston Press: www.logastonpress.co.uk, tel: 01544 327344
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