The Day War Broke Out

Cardall's Corner - September 2019 - Rowan Parker

On August Bank Holiday in 1939 our family were sitting on the beach at Bognor Regis enjoying the sea, sand and sunshine. Suddenly the quiet ...

2019-09-06T20:01:50+01:00September 10th, 2019|Cardall's Corner, Memories, People, Wartime, WW2|0 Comments

The 1939 National Register

Cardall's Corner - August 2019 - Linda Doyle

After Britain declared war on Germany on 3rd September 1939, it was announced that ‘National Registration Day’ would be on 29th September. This ...

2019-09-06T20:02:54+01:00August 10th, 2019|Memories, Wartime, WW2|0 Comments

A Childhood with books

Cardall's Corner - July 2019 - Linda Doyle

Even today, in this technology-dominated age, children are still encouraged to read books, and for many of us books were a big part of our childhood experience. As a 1950s child, I ...

2019-09-06T20:03:27+01:00July 10th, 2019|Memories|0 Comments

Oral History

Cardal's Corner - June 2019 - Helen Morris

In 2007, shortly after joining the Friends of the Cardall Collection, I volunteered to work on collecting oral history – that is, recording spoken historical memories. It is one of the best ways ...

2019-09-06T20:03:58+01:00June 10th, 2019|Events, Memories, People|0 Comments

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

Speed Records

Cardall's Corner - March 2019 - Bernard Cadogan

Speeding vehicles on our roads is a problem that we are all aware of, and most of us will know of someone who has been ‘caught speeding’. With two of the country’s leading car manufacturers, Jaguar and Aston Martin Lagonda, having facilities within seven miles …

2019-07-03T20:29:09+01:00March 3rd, 2019|Events, Memories, People|0 Comments

Joseph Arch

Cardall's Corner - February 2019 - Pam McConnell

In February 1872 a meeting of farm labourers was held at Wellesbourne, Warwickshire. The meeting had been called to address the problems of the rural working poor. About 30 people were expected, but over 2,000 turned up, and this meeting led to the foundation of the National Agricultural Labourers Union …

2019-02-23T22:17:40+01:00February 23rd, 2019|Cardall's Corner, Farms, People|0 Comments

Southam Fire Brigade

Cardall's Corner - January 2019 - by Linda Doyle

An old adage describes fire as being a good servant but a bad master: fire provides basic needs for life, but can also destroy in an instant. Today the risk of fire is less than it was when houses had open fires and thatched roofs - sparks could cause disastrous …

2019-01-05T15:54:21+01:00January 5th, 2019|Cardall's Corner, People|0 Comments

The Great Storm of 1703

Cardall's Corner - December 2018 - by Jill Prime

‘The Great Storm of 1703’ was of unusual, tremendous ferocity, probably passing in intensity all the storms ever known in Great Britain. It was the most terrifying and catastrophic storm ever recorded here. During the night of 26th-27th November 1703, widespread devastation was caused to many parts of the Midlands, East Anglia …

2019-01-05T15:54:51+01:00December 2nd, 2018|Cardall's Corner|0 Comments