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Mop Fairs

Cardalls Corner - October 2017 By Jenny Frith

Mop or Hiring Fairs started when, in 1351, Edward III passed the Statute of Labourers to regulate the labour market after the Black Death had resulted in dire shortages of labourers. They were held in the Autumn on or near Michaelmas Day in bustling Market Towns which had many nearby villages to attract both employers and employees. [...]

2017-10-25T19:34:02+01:00October 25th, 2017|Cardall's Corner|0 Comments

I’ve got some more barrels for you

CARDALL's CORNER - August 2017 by Alan Griffin

Walking the turnpike road towards Fenny Compton on a hot August morning in 1848, James Read pondered some remarks addressed to him months earlier following a case at Southam Magistrates’ Court. The phrase ‘Somebody should pay dear for this’ had stuck in his memory. Read was the Southam Division sergeant in the Knightlow Hundred Police Force and in [...]

2020-05-23T19:39:27+01:00August 5th, 2017|Cardall's Corner, Memories|0 Comments

Southam Fairs

CARDALL'S CORNER - June 2017 By Alan Griffin

Many English fairs have their origins in Medieval times during the reign of King Henry III. The Benedictine monks of Coventry Priory were granted a market charter for their Southam manor in 1227. They subsequently received grants for fairs on St Peter and St Paul’s Day (June 28), St George’s Day (April 23) and on the Feast of St Leger (October 2). [...]

2020-05-23T19:41:04+01:00June 8th, 2017|Cardall's Corner|0 Comments

Pip, Squeak and Wilfred

CARDALL’S CORNER - February 2017 By Jenny Frith

Until recently, I thought Pip Squeak and Wilfred were (only) cartoon characters from the 1920/30s. They were on a comic strip in the Daily Mirror newspapers children’s column from 1919 right up until 1956 and, in the early days, also in the Sunday Pictorial. Pip was a dog, Squeak a penguin and Wilfred a rabbit. [...]

2018-06-07T23:41:06+01:00February 4th, 2017|Cardall's Corner, WW1|0 Comments

The Bells of St James

CARDALL’S CORNER - January 2017 By Robert Sherriff

The following article by one of our members who is also a bellringer, gives us an insight into the workings of the bell tower of St James Church and the history of the bells themselves.

There are eight bells in St James Church bell tower and they sit in a double deck steel “H” frame, donated by [...]

2017-02-05T13:58:28+00:00January 11th, 2017|Cardall's Corner, Places|0 Comments

The Winter of 1947

CARDALL’S CORNER - December 2016 By Rowan Parker

In January 1947, along with his 18th birthday cards, Rowan Parker received his National Service call-up papers. It snowed on and off from Christmas, but in March the snow fell in earnest, and this is Rowan’s account of a trip home from Leamington in that famously snowy Winter of 1947, nearly 70 years ago. [...]

2020-06-03T17:35:32+01:00December 16th, 2016|Cardall's Corner, Memories|2 Comments

Southam’s Sacrifices on The Somme

CARDALL’S CORNER - November 2016 By Val Brodie

After a hundred years, people across Europe are remembering the horrors of the Battle of the Somme. Amidst the tributes to the tens of thousands who lost their lives in those terrible months 1st July – 18th November 1916, it falls to all of us to remember the twelve men of Southam, then a very small town, who gave their lives. [...]

2020-06-03T17:35:01+01:00November 18th, 2016|Cardall's Corner, Memories, People, WW1|0 Comments

A Chorister Looks Back

CARDALL’S CORNER - October 2016 By Alan Griffin

It has to be said that for lads like me growing up in Southam in the post-war years, there were few diversions. One long-established institution that was still thriving in the 1940’s and 50’s was the Parish Church Choir which in common with most church choirs of that era was an all-male body. [...]

2020-06-03T17:34:28+01:00October 18th, 2016|Cardall's Corner, Memories, People|0 Comments

Southam Banking

CARDALL’S CORNER - September 2016 By Linda Doyle

For many years until March 2016, Southam had two banks: Lloyds and HSBC (formerly the Midland), both situated in the town centre. Today, only Lloyds remains, and at the time of writing, the former HSBC building is up for sale.

Banking in Southam is known to go back to 1835, when in September of that year the Leamington [...]

2020-06-03T17:33:49+01:00September 18th, 2016|Cardall's Corner, Places|0 Comments

Harbury Cement Works in WW2

CARDALL’S CORNER - August 2016 By Janet Cox

The Harbury Cement Works (HCW) was as near to Bishops Itchington as it was to Harbury. Indeed the men from Bishops Itchington walked or cycled down a lane or across a field from the village to go to work at HCW, which for many years was the only work around, apart from agriculture.

We lived in Bishops Itchington and [...]

2020-06-03T17:33:16+01:00August 18th, 2016|Cardall's Corner, Places, WW2|0 Comments

A Victorian Summer Holiday in Rhyl – 1874

CARDALL’S CORNER - July 2016 By Val Brodie

The Journal of Annie Eliza Bull - July 1874

In Annie Bull’s day, the journey time from Marton to Rhyl was six hours. Travelling with friends in a group including children, her train trip (change at Rugby, Crewe and Chester) was an adventure for a young single woman, in her early twenties. She wrote a journal each day and a copy [...]

2020-06-03T17:30:19+01:00July 18th, 2016|Cardall's Corner, Memories, People|3 Comments