Metal-Detecting Finds

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More metal detecting finds unearthed by Nigel from fields and grasslands in and around Titchmarsh.

The coin is Roman, showing the head of Victorinus who ruled from 268 to 270 ad. It was found recently on the bank at the junction of Islington and Church Street.

The second picture shows an 18th century iron shoe-patten. Nigel has unearthed an identical item from a field on the north side of the village. Shoe pattens such as these were attached to a wooden pad and tied beneath the shoe, to elevate the foot above the mud and dirt of the street!

Titchmarsh Buttons

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We were delighted to meet with Nigel Howe, who was born in the village and lived here as a youngster but now lives in Islip. He told us of his interest in metal detecting and of the numerous finds he has had over the years.

He very kindly gave Titchmarsh History Association the two buttons pictured above, that he found whilst metal detecting in the fields around the village. The first one is embossed MARRIOTT, TITCHMARSH and the other KING, TITCHMARSH.

We believe that these buttons came from Drapers & Tailors who lived in the village in the mid 1800s. According to the 1881 census John Marriott lived in Back Street, he was a Master Draper and Tailor, employing 9 men and an apprentice. The same census records George King, a Master Tailor, living in Front Street; providing the evidence of their activities in the village.

Missing Parish Magazines found

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We are fortunate to have been donated a batch of Titchmarsh parish magazines, and are delighted to find that six of these are new to us.

The following magazines have been added to our archive and are available to view on the history pages of Titchmarsh Village website www.titchmarsh.info/index.php?cat=136

August 1863
February 1864
July 1864
June 1866
January 1869
February 1869

University of the Third Age

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During September, the Association helped two groups from the University of the Third Age to discover more about the history of the village.
On 11th we accompanied Julia Powell, churchwarden of St Mary’s Church, as she gave the Peterborough group a guided tour of the church, to which we were able to add details of its wider historical background.
A week later, Sylvia and Ian led a group of twenty members of the Thrapston group on the heritage trail, taking in most of the historically significant features in the centre of the village. An emerging point of interest in this work is the possible location of Sir Gilbert Pickering’s manor house in the Church Field. Starting with the Enclosure map of 1779, we are now looking for further evidence of its existence there.
Both groups finished their tours with refreshments in the church.

WW1 Centenary – Lights Out in Titchmarsh

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Titchmarsh History Association is delighted to support The Parochial Church Council in their ‘Lights Out’ vigil around the War Memorial in Titchmarsh, between 10pm and 11pm on Monday 4th August 2014.
Villagers are encouraged to attend and asked to bring a candle for a shared moment of reflection to mark the 100th anniversary of the date Great Britain entered the First World War.
We have provided detailed information about each of the 24 Titchmarsh men who fell during World War One. These tributes will be used as part of this special commemoration when we pay our respects to all who sacrificed their lives during this conflict.

Between the Wars

In recognition of the work we have already undertaken, the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded funding for a further year. This will enable us to carry on our programme of research and presentations, but a priority now is to sort the mass of photographs and documents we have collected into a usable archive for use by future historians. Our presentation on the village between the wars attracted a loyal audience who braved the poor weather and the alternative attraction the World Cup semi-final to learn more of village history. Shirley talked about the domestic scene; Sylvia about the stories emerging from her analysis of the parish magazines; Ian used Mike’s research to talk about transport during the period; and Leslie used video and recorded memories to tell us more about the influence of Stella Skinner – headteacher here from 1938 to 1962 – on folk dancing nationally.
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Titchmarsh Village Reunion

reunion picture 3Over fifty people attended the reunion in the church on the 19th June. Those still living in the village were joined by others who have since left, a few having travelled long distances to be there. Over tea and cakes they reminisced about old friends and times past, one or two friends meeting up again for the first time in over fifty years. Old photographs were pored over and soon the stories started to flow. The members of the History Association would have liked to have recorded all the recollections and anecdotes, but such was the buzz of conversation that that was impossible. Some though were recorded and have added to our knowledge of an important period in the village’s history.
If friendship and good humour are in any way accurate measures of such things, then it was a very successful event. Living history indeed.

June 2014 update

In the last edition of the TT we mentioned the Heritage Trail. We have now completed a trail that takes in twelve buildings in the village which will help the visitor to get to know something of our history. We will be giving it a run-through with members of the Oundle History Group on 9th June. If you are interested in following the trail yourself at some time, then please contact us.
So much of our work over the last year has involved talking to older villagers in order to record their memories. Such has been the interest in the books that came out of these interviews – especially from people who once lived here but have since moved away – that we are organising a reunion of old villagers. Besides providing everyone with an opportunity to talk about the old days over a cup of tea and cake, our hope is that the get-together will rekindle even more reminiscences and help us to fill the gaps in our knowledge. We have booked the church for 2pm. on Thursday 19th June and will soon be sending out personal invitations.
Our next presentation is entitled ‘Times they were a’changing: Titchmarsh between the wars,’ and will take place at 7.30pm. on 8th July in The Clubroom. Using old photographs and unpublished memoirs as well as material from Titchmarsh Voices and House Histories, we will be looking at the major changes that occurred in village life over the period. One of the people featured, even though she entered the story late on in the period, is someone who was to have an important influence on the school and its pupils. This was Miss Skinner, headteacher and doyen of local folk dancing. Leslie Ray has been looking into the work of Miss Skinner and will be talking – and singing – about her during the evening.
Sheila Holland alerted us to the loss of Miss Skinner’s memorial in the churchyard. It was a wooden cross which had broken and had lost its epitaph. John Gaskin has kindly made a new cross, and a plaque has been ordered so that we can once again ensure that Miss Skinner’s final resting place is not forgotten.
Finally, we are busily gathering together all the available information on those villagers who lost their lives in World War 1 for an exhibition to mark the village’s commemoration in November.