Stories of local people as revealed in their memories and collections.

forget-me-not autograph

The image shows just one of the many autographs that Margaret and her sister Iv Catchpoley collected from their friends and family. They were collected between the 1910’s and 1930’s so reflect different sensitivities.

It reminds us of the importance of remembering those who are no longer with us. Whether we knew them or not their lives have had an impact on life today

In 1914 Stowupland had a population of 1409, of which 200 were of elementary school age.

In 1901 the average life expectancy for men was just 45, for women 49 but  this was 5 years longer then their parents generation!

Our Archives are built from the memories and stories of those who are no longer here, find out more about some people who lived in Stowupland. Sometimes it is a short note,  a single photo or press cutting. In other cases it is a larger collection of material collected through a lifetime and donated to us by their relatives. We are grateful for it all. Our largest collections come from:

  • Margaret Catchpole‘s family lived in Stowupland for over 150 years, her collection donated by her family included an  autograph book from the early 20th century and several diaries (see images)

{MCA} after an  item means  it was donated to the  SLHG archive  by her family

{ECA} after an  item means  it was donated to the  SLHG archive  by her family

  •   Mary Elizabeth Bloom (ne Allard, 1928-2021). Mary was born in Walnut Tree Farm, or Allards. She served as a parish Councillor for 47 years.

{MBA} after an  item means  it was donated to the  SLHG archive  by her family.

We are very grateful to Pip Wright, son of Mr R.A. Wright, Stowupland’s C.P school Head master in the mid 20th century, for sharing his family’s memories and photos with us. Pip has given many interesting and amusing Local history talks to our group.

The Freeman family owned Stowupland Hall for much of the 19th century. Charles and his father kept a written record of much of the work that they did on their land and detailed many aspects of their family’s life.  The diaries themselves are held at the Record Office but we are fortunate that Ena Carter made some interesting notes that are very useful

It is not possible to list every person who has ever lived in Stowupland.  Some individuals are listed on our war memorials, some families have played important roles, others have lived here for several generations. Some surnames crop up frequently and often similar sounding names have different spellings. Sometimes family trees are known but more often than not it is unknown whether families are connected.

Whilst death comes to us all, some passings seem more untimely.

To see other memories of life in Stowupland

Or read  Supernatural Stowupland for some ghostly tales and belief in witches.

Miss Stowupland – most towns and villages chose a young lady to represent their local people. We only have a few names and very little detail.

‘Lest we Forget’ Memorials  can be seen in various locations around the village. These symbolic structures remind us of residents who are no longer with us or celebrate past events. Most notable are the war memorials, but there are also benches and trees.
Not all memorials are physical structures,  in the 1930s a poem was written by a local doctor to honour the Royal Flying Corp. Other memories only live on through the retelling of the stories.
If you can add to our stories about local memorials please contact us