March 2018

Busy time in March!

The number of volunteers is increasing, and everyone is working speedily at their piece of research and/or oral history interview.

This month’s Local Forum research feedback had one volunteer delighting us with the history of two former local shops, revealing some very fascinating (and curious) stories that even include a fine in 1897 for ‘selling margarine not in a package duly branded or durably marked’! Another volunteer left us gobsmacked with an amazing piece of research on his entire street, Faringford Road, bringing to life 1,309 people who lived there up to the outbreak of World War 2.

Through Census data analysis, the most common industries and the less common ones have been identified, and we are getting a clearer picture of the range of working lives of Stratford Village residents.


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