The Local History group is now meeting at St John's Church rooms, Old Chester Road, Great Sutton on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 11.30am.
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U3A LOCAL HISTORY GROUP 27th JUNE 2012
The June meeting of the local history group saw members eagerly studying large OS maps of the local areas dating from 1911/ 1912 and 1937. The maps created a great deal of interest and enjoyment generating much discussion and bringing memories to members of the group.
Gloria and Teddy had introduced the meeting by giving a talk on Capenhurst village and discussing the changes industry had made to that area. This was based on material from a small booklet found in the Chester Archives.
Contributions and anecdotes about the area were made by Teddy Cullen, Linda Cunningham, Dave Hammond, Noreen Darwent and others.
U3A LOCAL HISTORY GROUP 25th JULY 2012
Gloria Broughton gave a short talk on the Chester Canal Company. This was followed by a talk and slide show, on the early days of the Manchester Ship Canal, thoroughly prepared and delivered by Teddy Cullen with technological support from Jenny Caslin.
The slides showed the conditions under which the navvies worked. Comparisons were made with today’s working conditions and also the machinery available in the late nineteenth century.
The talk drew many comments and contributions from other members. Of particular interest was the photograph of a beach in Ellesmere Port which some members remembered visiting and playing on.LOCAL HISTORY GROUP VISIT 22nd Aug 2012
BURTON MANOR WALLED GARDEN & GROUP - 22nd August 2012
13 members met for a guided walk of the restored walled garden and the grounds.
The manor closed after 63 years and is now for sale .The walled garden has been restored with funding from THE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND and the work carried out by volunteers, it is open to the public with free entry.The hall was built in 1801 and bought by the Gladstone family in 1903 who lived there until 1921, it has had various uses since but now stands empty.The ice house is grade II listed and can be viewed when the bats are not in residence !
The visit was very enjoyable and luckily the weather stayed fine.
LOCAL HISTORY GROUP REPORT SEPTEMBER 2012
At the local history group meeting on 26th September member Liz Jones gave a thoroughly researched and informative talk about the changes and development of the Ellesmere Port Cottage Hospital since the early twentieth century.
To put the local history into context Liz gave a clear overview of developments in national health services over the same period. Liz talked about the people involved in the hospital over the years from the founders, fund raisers, volunteers and medical staff. She also touched on medical developments, changing patterns of disease all of which had an impact on the services provided by the hospital over the years.
Members were pleased to inspect and chat about photographs, copies of hospital records, minutes as well as a scrap book of newspaper cuttings of hospital activities. Members contributed their own memories and use of the National Health Service in its early days.
The attached photograph was taken around 1918 after the end of the First World War when the hospital was run by the Red Cross; staffed by VADs and a small number of medical staff.
Dr. Gerrard is in the centre with his dog. Sitting next to him is the Sister. They are surrounded by the VAD nurses (Voluntary Aid Detachment). Around the edges are the male patients in uniforms.
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