1924 February

Sir Herbert George Fordham
Road-Books and Itineraries of Great Britain

As reported last month the Village Hall celebrated its first Anniversary with a continuing calendar of events. Notable in February were the Men’s Club Whist drive to which ladies were invited and a Fancy Dress Carnival and Dance in aid of Ashwell Nursing Association. The W.I. meeting’s main topic was a demonstration on upholstery.

The other social event of the month was a series of readings for the Wesley Guild in their Schoolroom which was adjacent to the chapel on the High Street. There was only one football match when Ashwell beat Whitwell 3-1 at home.

February is known as a cruel month and five deaths were recorded. On the 10th Elizabeth Clements, aged 61 or Betty Picking died at the Royston Union workhouse. I have not been able to find out why there was a confusion over the names or who really died. Alfred Seaby died, aged 65. Ellen Louise Goble died at Cambridge Terrace aged 68 on the 18th. Fanny Elizabeth Bailey, 74 died on the 25th at Cliff House and also on that day Martha Huffer died, aged 64, in Back Street.

The Moss Cottage Homes committee held a meeting to elect a new resident for the vacant home. Mrs J W Pack, Senior, was given the place. The extensive property of her husband, who died in 1917, was sold by auction in January 1924 but she was still deemed worthy of a place in the cottages.

The announcement was made of the publication of Sir Herbert George Fordham of Odsey’s latest book.  ‘The Road-books and Itineraries of Great Britain 1570-1850’ – a catalogue with an introduction and bibliography. The edition was limited to 500 copies and sold at 7s 6d (33p) from the publishers the Cambridge University Press. H. G. Fordham wrote extensively on the history of maps and this book is still in demand today for its scholarship.


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