A book of nostalgia for Much Wenlock
PUBLISHED: 07:14 20 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:19 20 February 2013
A CHIT-CHAT between Much Wenlock neighbours Joy Sims and Ina Taylor in a shop queue last winter about "the olden days" was the catalyst for a fabulous new book tracing the town's history in photographs.
A CHIT-CHAT between Much Wenlock neighbours Joy Sims and Ina Taylor in a shop queue last winter about the olden days was the catalyst for a fabulous new book tracing the towns history in photographs.
Joy remembered she had old photos portraying some of those golden memories - and author Ina, who runs publishing company Ellingham Press, immediately recognised there was the potential for a new project.
The resulting book is Much Wenlock: Past to Present in Photographs, jampacked with incredible pictures capturing moments and people long gone.
The book has become a community project, with lots of people in the town coming forward with pictures of events and people and long-forgotten stories, said Ina. It has been great fun for all of us and those who have contributed have really enjoyed the trip down memory lane that the project this has entailed. Because most of the photographs have come from private albums they have never been seen publicly before.
The photographs are from 1860 to present day and include the last day at Wenlock Post Office sorting office, the old William Brookes School in a heap of rubble, and the official Olympic Games mascot visiting.
Initially the pair set out to collect 100 images but were inundated and now have 700 and more keep coming. So needless to say this is merely book one - book two, which will have an Olympic theme in keeping with the Wenlock sporting tradition and fame as the birthplace of the modern Olympiad, will follow in April.
Inas favourite picture? It is the one we start with in the book, which is the butcher in the town in 1860. Its only a little shop, but he has a got the most huge piece of meat, almost a complete ox, hanging up outside.
Much Wenlock: Past to Present in Photographs is priced 9.99 and available from Wenlock Books and Ellingham Press, 43 High Street, Much Wenlock; www.ellinghampress.co.uk