In association with Heritage Lincolnshire’s Open Days, on Saturday 10th September, 30 people joined us for a guided walk along Church Street, to recall the occupations and events in the lives of inhabitants 100 years ago. September 1916 was a very wet month and, unfortunately, Saturday afternoon kept up that tradition. We were impressed by the staying power of our walkers who endured one and a half hours of continuous rain!
While passing the former homes of an auctioneer, wheelwright, carpenter, hairdresser, publicans and many more local tradesmen, we also remembered the men who were away at war. Personal recollections of some of the characters, as told by the late Olive Jones and Eric Bowman were also shared.
29 Church Street (pictured below) was the home of Henry Strickson, a saddler and harness-maker who also kept cows and employed seven year old Eric Bowman to deliver milk. Mr. Strickson was fined on one occasion when his milk contained excess water – he said “accidentally”!
Another memorable resident was William Henry Hawkins, known locally as “Hippy”, who lived in the cottage which is now Tonino’s. He traded as a hairdresser for many years and won prizes for his skill at fretwork.
Once back at the Town Hall, walkers were able to shake off the rain, fold their umbrellas and enjoy tea and cakes in the Council Chamber.
We would like to thank all the volunteers who provided refreshments and helped to organise this event.
Our warmest thanks go to Market Deeping Town Council for allowing us to use the Council Chamber.