Local Historians Notes and Documents

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Available at Ashwell Village Museum Resource Centre only.

Cliff Jenkinson

H.W. Bowman , flourished late nineteenth and early twentieth century, was a distinguished local historian and for many years the Parish Clerk.  His books, notes and correspondence are held in the Museum.  They are not available on-line but can be studied in the upstairs Resource Centre at the Museum.   They are stored in box files on the shelves to the left of the door as you go into the room.

 

Albert Sheldrick , one of the two co-founders of the Museum, wrote a book on the history of Ashwell: A Different World, Ashwell before 1939, which was published c.1990.  He also wrote a booklet, Fourpenny Phyllis, about Mrs Phyllis Fordham of Ashwell Bury, who was the first lady of Ashwell for more than half a century.  Albert’s research notes are all kept in the Museum. They are not available on-line but can be studied in the upstairs Resource Centre at the Museum.   They are stored in box files on the shelves at the left-hand end of the room as you go in.

 

David Short for many years ran the Ashwell Field Studies Centre on the site of the Ashwell Merchant Taylors’ School in Mill Street.  Much of the material of his research, done at that time and subsequently, is stored at the Museum.  The material includes documents, photocopies and transcripts from the county archives held in Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies (HALS).  There are also archives concerning the Ashwell Merchant Taylors’ School, which was in existence from 1681 to 1947.

 

The David Short collection includes transcripts of:

·        Deeds from a variety of dates.

·        Election returns, showing how Ashwell voters cast their votes in various eighteenth and early nineteenth century general elections, before secret ballots were introduced.

·        The 1829 survey of “farm homesteads, private dwelling-houses, shops, cottages etc.”

·        The Tithe Commutation Apportionment of 1841, and a list of field, furlong and close names from the same time.

·        Sketches and notes made after the Great Fire of Ashwell in 1850 and published within a month of the event.

·        Photocopy and transcript of the Ashwell return for the 1851 national religious census.

·        The Ashwell Enclosure Award of 1863.

·        Parish electoral rolls from the last quarter of the twentieth century.

The collection also includes many items of Ashwell memorabilia, such as programmes for the annual Ashwell Show on Elbrook Meadow and various theatrical productions at the Village Hall.

The David Short collection is not available on-line but can be studied in the upstairs Resource Centre at the Museum.   The documents are stored in box files on the shelves immediately to the left of the door as you go into the room.

 

This page was added on 28/10/2011.

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