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Southam’s 19th Century Dairy Industry

Cardall's Corner - April 2019 - by Linda Doyle

You don’t have to be a farmer to know that the better bred the cow, the better the profit. Enclosure allowed for the segregation of small herds, enabling farmers to undertake breeding selection. At the turn of the 19th century, landowners and farmers were beginning to take advantage of Southam’s central position on the drover’s …

2019-04-06T20:48:57+01:00April 5th, 2019|Cardall's Corner, Farms, Workplaces|0 Comments

Southam’s Workhouse

Cardall's Corner - June 2018 - By Linda Doyle

Today, Southam’s Primary School stands where once stood Southam’s solemn and imposing Victorian workhouse (see photograph from 1910). It was a domineering place built in 1837 on Welsh Road West, then called Workhouse Road. The enclosure of land at Southam in 1761 brought to a head the need to provide for the poor …

2019-05-22T22:56:56+01:00June 4th, 2018|Cardall's Corner, Places, Workplaces|2 Comments

Cementing Relations in Southam

CARDALL’S CORNER - June 2016 By Helen Morris

People through the ages have been interested in the limestone found around Southam. The material, known as Blue Lias, was laid down during the Jurassic age 180 million years ago, and was first of interest as a source of lime used by farmers. In recent times it has been used for making cement, and locals may remember [...]

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 [...]

2017-02-05T13:47:04+00:00January 18th, 2017|Businesses, Cardall's Corner, Places, Workplaces, WW2|0 Comments

Jurassic – A surviving quarry engine

Nelson’s Locomotives The advent of mechanisation at the lime and cement works around Southam, was perhaps signalled by the first three Peckett & Sons steam locomotives arriving in Nelson’s works at Stockton in 1897. They were 0-6-0 saddle tanks (six wheels, with water carried in a saddle-shaped tank over the boiler) with a 1ft 9in [...]

2016-12-11T23:20:54+00:00July 12th, 2016|Workplaces|0 Comments

Southam Theatre 1822

Shakespeare on Tour - Macbeth in Southam, 22 November 1822 There was some excitement around Southam Heritage Collection when we were asked to contribute to the BBC’s Shakespeare on Tour project in March 2016, part of the commemoration of 400 years since the bard’s death. Numerous local radio stations across the country honed in on [...]

2016-12-11T23:20:54+00:00May 25th, 2016|Entertainment, Inns, People, Workplaces|0 Comments

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire – March 22nd 2016 – Part 1

Below you can listen to an edited version of a short interview with Bernard Cadogan during the BBC Coventry and Warwickshire "Trish and Jo at Breakfast" programme on March 22nd. This interview, from Market Hill, was the first of three with members of the Southam Heritage Collection broadcast as part of the Shakespeare on Tour programme of 200 stories [...]

2016-12-11T23:20:54+00:00April 6th, 2016|Entertainment, Workplaces|0 Comments

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire – March 22nd 2016 – Part 2

Below you can listen to an edited version of a short interview with Val Brodie during the BBC Coventry and Warwickshire "Vic Minett" programme on March 22nd. This interview was the second of three with members of the Southam Heritage Collection broadcast as part of the Shakespeare on Tour programme of 200 stories relating to the locations of [...]

2016-12-11T23:20:54+00:00April 6th, 2016|Entertainment, Workplaces|0 Comments