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Archive July - October 2018

October 2018

southam

Bruce Smith gave a talk on "Welsh Droving through Northamptonshire". Bruce gave a illustrated talk about the routes probably being ancient tracks but from the sixteenth century became the route for the drovers taking cattle to fattening pastures and markets.

The Welsh Lane drovers drove their Welsh Black cattle, and their sheep, through Wrexham, Birmingham, Southam, Culworth and then on to Buckingham, Aylesbury and London.

September 2018

We enjoyed a very interesting talk on Food Glorious Food: A History of Eating, Shopping and Food Manufacturing in Northamptonshire from 1837 until now!, by Jon-Paul Carr at our meeting on Friday 7th September 2018 after our brief AGM. Jon-Paul used an extensive number of photographs of places in our county from older times and shared his love of history with us. Basically how we buy food, how we can (or could not) store it and what is obtainable dictates the fortunes or otherwise of our markets and High Streets and what they look like.

July 2018

womens land army

Over thirty members and visitors enjoyed a sparkling presentation by Helen Frost about the Women's Land Army of World War One; complete with music, photographic display, replica uniform and a most interesting PowerPoint display. Four years of research preceded this, as Helen commemorates the huge efforts by these women, for in 1917 Britain had only three week's food supply remaining, due to port blockages, U Boat depredations, a bad harvest and lack of manpower. We are eagerly awaiting/hoping for a book to remember these remarkable women, many of whom did not know one end of a pitchfork from the other, or how to drive the new-fangled tractors or milk a cow, at the outset. Sadly, few photographs were taken of their activities at work or play.