Ring O’Bells

The period of history in which we are living will be remembered for many reasons but one event is likely to be prominent; the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020. Words and phrases such as “Lockdown”, “Stay Safe” and “Clap for the NHS” have become familiar to all and also the temporary…

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Dunkirk – One Man’s Story

Arthur Lambert was just 21 when he was called up in July 1939.  After training he joined one of the “crack” units of the Royal Horse Artillery, the Fifth Regiment and in early April 1940 he went to France. A few weeks passed, the battery were moved around but saw…

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VE DAY

In June last year the Memorial Orchard website wrote about the role 95 year old Ernie Nelson of Hartford played in the D-Day landings. http://orchard.weaverham.org.uk/d-day-veteran-ernie-nelson/ In this weeks VE Day Commemorative issue of the Northwich Guardian we learn more of his story. Ernie, who was a wireless telegraphist on HMS…

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History Day 2019

The topic for History Day 2019 was “What have Cheshire’s gardens ever done for us?” and at the end of October 2019 we created a display with this theme. Once again it was very successful and the estates at Winnington Hall at Winnington; Hefferstone Grange, Weaverham; Oakmere Hall, Cuddington and…

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D-Day and the Normandy Landings

Operation Neptune, often referred to as D-Day, took place 75 years ago, on Tuesday, 6th June.  It was preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and marked the start of the Allied invasion of Normandy.  It was the largest seaborne invasion in history and the operation began the liberation of German-occupied…

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Early Train Travel

Excerpts have been taken from the letter-bag of Lady Elizabeth Spencer-Stanhope, published in 1913.  Lady Elizabeth was the sister in law of the Rev Charles Spencer Stanhope, the vicar of Weaverham from 1835 to 1874.   On 27 September 1825 the Stockton and Darlington Railway, the first to carry passengers…

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