WILLIAM LATHAM Esq. (1800-1887)

ARTIST, SOLICITOR AND LOCAL POLITICIAN. Now retired from my many years employed as a police officer I am aware that I was once in the envious position of being able to explore places in locations where many others might have feared to tread, as the presence of a police officer wandering around old ruins and […]

A VIEW FROM THE PAST.

Rootling Around the Old Town Circa 1820 – spot the two windmills! Whilst indulging in my very favourite habit of searching the columns of old newspapers – some from as long ago as 200 years, I occasionally venture upon an article or other piece of writing which just jumps off the page to grab my […]

THE GREEN GREEN FIELDS OF HOME

  Isaac William Wright – 1914 and all that!   A Proletarian Protest. This year of 1919 celebrates a little known Parliamentary moment which has turned out to be as significant today in 2019, as it was a century ago.  At the end of the ‘war to end all wars’ of 1914-1918, thousands of military […]

A SERIOUS MOMENT IN MY FAMILY CIRCLE

AUTUMN In one moment of my breath I am extolling the arrival of yet another summer and seemingly in the next, I am discovering that the combine harvesters are tearing through the fields of ripe golden corn which surround my town and rushing the current crop off to market.  Summer this year has been kind […]

WHEELBARROW WARS

Scrapings of Discontent Burton Road in quieter days – outside Craven Lodge circa 1930 (With thanks to the Francis Frith Collection) I presently reside in Burton Road, Melton Mowbray, sometimes referred to as ‘Burton Hill’, which is actually the area centred abutting Craven and Victoria Streets.  After the establishment of Craven Lodge as the first […]

‘OLLIE’

The Long Journey. Ollie is our cat and he celebrated his tenth birthday this month when no doubt a few tantalising treats were once again placed before him to honour the momentous occasion.  Born in Peckham, S. E. London at some time during the third week of April in 2004, our much loved, chubby British […]

THE TERRIBLE GALE OF 1927

FOREWORD     Tucked away in the grounds of St Peters C of E church at Kirby Bellars in Leicestershire stands a headstone which is a memorial to the tragic passing of three young men all from the same family some 85 years ago; each was in his youthful twenties and all three had apparently […]

AN AUDACIOUS BURGLARY

An Olympian Ordeal During my frequent browsing of the old newspapers which were once local to my home area, it is the occasional ‘eureka‘ moment, like the excitement of finding an elusive ‘bargain’ at a church fête jumble sale or Sunday street market, that so seems to make this whole thing of research so worthwhile. […]

JAMES FRANK MIDDLETON (1940-2014)

‘That’s Life!’ At Midday on Monday, 27th January, all available seats were taken at the beautiful old church of St Mary in Melton Mowbray as around 150 people gathered to pay their final respects to and to lament the unfortunate passing of popular resident Jim Middleton. The Grim Reaper continues to silently plough his lonely […]