Stories of local people through their memories and collections.

forget-me-not autograph

The image shows just one of the many autographs that Margaret and her sister Ivy 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. And 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. 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. She served as a parish Councillor for 47 years.

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

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

To see other memories of life in Stowupland

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