Marton Village, Warwickshire

Local History Group: January 2017 Update

In January Susan Baria and her father Neville Wiseman (pictured left) gave a well-received talk about the vicars and curates of Marton in the 19th century. The slides for this talk are at this link. Further talks about the vicars and the vicarage are planned for future meetings.

The next meeting is on 27th February at 7.30pm in the village hall, when a talk will be given by Julie Chamberlain about Marton in 18th C via wills and inventories. All welcome, entrance fee £3 includes a glass of wine.

Local History Group: December 2016 Update

david_1008In November David Fry (pictured left) gave a fascinating talk about the work of an early Coventry photographer; a brief summary is given below.

There is no meeting in December. The next meeting is on 30th January 2017 at 7.30pm in the village hall, when a talk will be given about the history of the village vicars, curates and vicarages.

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Local History Group: November 2016 Update

doraThe October talk was about Marton farm labourers emigrating to New Zealand in 1874 (one of the emigrants is pictured left). A summary of the talk is given at this link. (On the village website there is also an article about Marton, New Zealand).

The next meeting is on Monday 28th November at 7.30pm. This will feature a much-illustrated talk by David Fry about “Fred Hancox: An Exceptional Edwardian Amateur Photographer”. All welcome, entrance fee £3 includes a glass of wine.

Local History Group: October 2016 Update REVISED 25/10

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Lady Jocelyn

Please note the change in the planned talk when the Group meetings restart on Monday 31st October. The History of Marton’s Old Houses has been postponed. Instead the talk originally planned for November will be given, namely: Marton Farm Labourers’ 1874 Mass Emigration to New Zealand. This talk looks into how the worsening conditions for farm labourers in the 19th century led to many of them emigrating, and why the New Zealand government were prepared to give free passage to hundreds of thousands of emigrants in the 1870s. (You may even find out a bit about Marton, New Zealand!).

All welcome, entrance fee £3 includes a glass of wine.

The full programme for the year is given in the overview section.

Local History Group: June 2016 Update

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Group at Green Man

In May the Group went for a walking tour of the historic buildings in Dunchurch. This walk was researched and led, as usual for the “May history walk”, by Mike Johnson (photo shows group starting out on the walk). A brief summary of the buildings seen on the walk is given below.

The Group now has a summer break and the next meeting will be in the village hall on Monday October 31st. More details about this and the rest of the new programme will be publicised nearer the time.

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Local History Group: May 2016 Update

Joan_0969This month the Group had its AGM at which the past year was reviewed and possible talks for next season were discussed. The notes of this meeting have been circulated to Group members. Joan Sherratt (pictured) also gave a talk about the history of Marton WI. An overview of this talk can be found at this link.

The next Group meeting is a walk around the historic points of Dunchurch, led by Mike Johnson. This is on Monday May 16th meeting at The Green Man for a prompt 6:45 pm start.

The Group will then have its summer recess and start again at the end of October.

Local History Group: March 2016 Update

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Ann & Museum Victoriana
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Wiz

This month the Group packed the village hall to hear a talk by Wiz and Ann about Marton in the Victorian era. An overview of this talk can be found at this link.

The next Group meeting is the AGM on Monday April 25th at 7.30pm in the village hall. A short presentation about the history of Marton WI will follow the AGM. Do come along and share your thoughts on how this season’s programme went and help shape the programme for next season.

Local History Group: February 2016 Update

Slide 7The February leap year meeting of the Group welcomed  Henry Marriott, the great grandson of the Thornley-Kelsey Brewery at Radford Semele founder,  H E Thornley. He farmed around Radford in the late 1800s. He also brewed ale on the farm premises for his workers – a common practice at the time. However, Henry’s great grandfather proved to be a talented brewer and decided to develop this side of the business.

In 1911 the specialist brewery buildings were built on Thornley farm land by the road leading into Leamington, where there was also potential access to the nearby canal and railway. It was also the site of a natural spring that would be perfect for brewing (so it was thought!). The first batch of beer brewed turned out to be awful and the water was considered too hard. A deep borehole still did not find a suitable supply, so all future beer was brewed with water brought by lorry from Leamington’s Campion Hills.

The Brewery thrived and its pubs were established all over Warwickshire. Its beers were good enough to win numerous prizes and it was considered sufficiently competent to also brew Guinness and M&B beers, under licence.

Unfortunately the days of the samller brewer were numbered in the post-war period and the Radford Brewery closed in January 1969.

The site has undergone several changes of use since the unfortunate demolition of the artfully designed buildings.There have been a number of subsequent occupiers of the site and today it is the home of Ricardo which is at the forefront of automotive and defence vehicle technology.

The next Group meeting is on Monday 21 March (a week earlier than normal) at 7.30pm in the village hall, when a talk on Victorian Marton will be given by Group members. All welcome, entrance fee £3 includes a glass of wine.

Local History Group: January 2016 Update

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John Westrope

This month the Group had a talk introduced by John Westrope and given by Chris Clack on “The Harry Ferguson Story”. This generated at lot of interest from within and outside the village. More about this talk below.

The next Group meeting is on Monday February 29th at 7.30pm in the village hall, when a talk on Thornhill Brewery will be given by Henry Marriott. All welcome, entrance fee £3 includes a glass of wine.

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Local History Group: November 2015 Update

ww2 img_0941 smallThis month the Group meeting was on the theme of “World War 2 memories of Marton villagers”. As usual for such a local topic there was a good turnout. A summary of the evening can be found at this link.

There is no meeting in December.

The next meeting is on January 25th 2016 and the topic for the evening is The Harry Ferguson Story, with his links to Marton – a talk to be given by John Westrope. All welcome, entrance fee £3 includes a glass of wine.