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Fruit Growing in Shepreth

Extract from my forthcoming book on Fruit Growing in South Cambs: from chapter five, ‘The Geography of Fruit Growing’. (Copyright J Spain, 2016). Notes on Shepreth: Shepreth is a low-lying parish, with a more clay subsoil, liable to flooding, alleviated … Continue reading

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Fruit Stealing in South Cambs

Extract from my forthcoming book on fruit farming in South Cambs., from chapter six, ‘Fruit Growing and Village Life’. (Copyright J. Spain, 2016). A problem which growers faced at this stage of the season was that of petty larceny – … Continue reading

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Leonard Illingworth, musician, chess-player and beekeeper

I am researching the life of Leonard Illingworth, who lived in Foxton from the early 1920s till his death in the mid 1950s. He lived at The Way’s End, with two and a half acres of garden, where he kept … Continue reading

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Forthcoming local history talks

Haslingfield Village Society: Haslingfield Village Hall, Tuesday 16 September, 8pm. The Pilgrimage to Our Lady of White hill. I will be discussing the documentary evidence for the shrine and the role played by local historians in the preservation of this … Continue reading

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Forthcoming publication September 2013

The Pilgrimage to Our Lady of White hill: Antiquaries, local historians and the formation of a historical tradition, by Jonathan Spain, RiverRhee Publishing. Price £6. Extract from introduction: ‘There is little by way of hard historical or archaeological evidence for … Continue reading

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Research and writing: more news

Further to my previous blog on this subject my local history booklet on the Haslingfield pilgrimage site is finished and is now with the printers. I am hoping to publish in September. This will be the first of a series … Continue reading

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Haslingfield Allotment Diary: May 2013

I write this blog after a week of warm sunny weather, enabling much progress to be made on the allotment. I have planted another two rows of potatoes, swiss chard, more turnips and broad beans and beetroot. I have also … Continue reading

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