The Millennium History
The Millennium History, published in 2004, is mostly about the inhabitants who have peopled these three neighbouring South Warwickshire villages over the last hundred years. It is packed with fascinating detail and anecdotes, which makes for a hugely entertaining read.
The first part of the book is based on interviews with some 200 households carried out in 1999. This was a timely Millennium study since there remain at least a dozen families who were here in 1901, a fact unusual in an age when the character of so many such villages is changing so swiftly. The result of this unofficial census is a valuable house-
The second part of the book is a Diary for 1999 to which over forty people have contributed.
Next (sections 20-
The villages are notable for some thirty houses having date-
Appendices record the Roll of Honour for the two World Wars and list Chairmen of Parish Meetings and Councils, Incumbents, Schoolteachers; population statistics 1851 -
This 192 page history, in metric crown quarto (247 x 187mm), is illustrated in black and white with some 200 pictures, old and new.
Here are some brief extracts from one entry in the house-
The Bell House
XX read English at Southampton University. She taught Sixth Forms in England, before becoming Tutor in the Department of English, and a Fellow of Volta Hall for Women, at the University of Ghana. [.......] She has two sons: -
XX and her husband originally bought this house in 1968, to have as a family base in England while they were working abroad. XX's mother, -
[........] This house was the police station for Stourton and Cherington [.....]
Diary for 1999
5. Took hay to sheep in Slinget (Stourton) and Beanos (Cherington). PT.
6. Warwickshire Hunt met at the pub, hounds having been unboxed at Little Orchard Farm. They hunted round Weston Mill and the Park, Whichford Wood and Ascott Spinneys. Masters and Hunt Staff to tea. HP.
9. Tuesday Circle had Malcolm MacLachlan from Batsford Arboretum; lovely slides and potted history of Batsford Estate. PG.
13. Second evening of the Music Hall: lights dimmed and then in darkness, only lighting being Laurie X's lectern candle and red tip of his jumbo cigar. Main fuse had blown. Orderly, but very dejected, audience filed out. CP.
14. Richard Smith took the Family Service: it being St Valentine's Day, Mary XX had made paper hearts which .....
Activities and institutions
42. Public Houses
Alcohol in its various forms has been available in the three villages since time immemorial. In particular, cider was the main source of alcoholic refreshment and over the years the villages have pressed their own brew for home consumption. Stourton used to have several orchards. The Henniker-
Anecdotal evidence and half-
The Dickins and Shaw families did not approve of alcohol and apparently combined to close down the Red Lion in 1910. The men in the villages walked, on a Saturday, to the Whichford pub and, if they had any money left, would walk to Brailes for a Sunday drink. The Dickins sisters tried to get people to ... [....]
The Cherington Arms […] was undoubtedly an ale house. Originally it was two houses :Garth Cottage at the back and Halleujah Lodge in front. [….] At first there were no bars: alcohol was sold from the shop at the front and either taken home or consumed round the back by the garden (or at the side. People like Alf Hunt, Riley Brewer and Mr Empson (who had a fine voice) would bring their beer to the bench by Steels Lane and sing the Jarretts to sleep [....]
Consumption in 1954 was 4 x 36-
The night of the Millennium was celebrated at the pub, very much a village affair: and so all seems set for the next thousand years. LM.
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Village Activities And Institutions
21. Biers and the Bier House
23. Cherington and the Media
24. Cherington in 1938
25. The Cherington Players -
26. Churches and Chapels
29. Farming and Allied Trades
30. Field Sports
31. The Flower Show
32. Gardens and Allotments
33. The Sweep
34. Law and Order
35. Locomotion and Locals in the 1920s
36. Millennium 2000
37. Modern Warfare comes to the Villages
38. Natural History
39. Parish Meetings and Councils
40. Parish Magazines
41. The Playing Field
42. Public Houses (see below)
43 Public Services
44. Royal Jubilees and Coronations
45. The Senior Citizens Club
46. The Sheepwash
47. Shops and Services
49. The Tuesday Circle
50. The Village Hall
51. Village Pounds
53. The Women's Institute
54. The Youth Club -