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In 2003, a heavy parcel posted from New Zealand arrived at a bungalow in Rawmarsh, Near Rotherham,Yorkshire. The parcel consisted of a huge, typewritten diary produced by Gwennie Peacock, a young woman from Auckland, while completing a journey around the world and visiting her family in Britain. This extraordinary account, which covers the period between February 1939 and August 1940, vividly brings to life the approach of war and its first few months. Gwennie's journey crosses five continents - particularly Europe and North America - and is described in fascinating detail by someone with a zest for life. She survives her camel running amok in Egypt and listens to Mussolini haranguing a crowd in Rome. She is warned in Germany not to go to England and threatened that soon all English people will speak German. Gwennie settles with her family in a Yorkshire mining village and visits every corner of the British Isles. Her return journey via America is dangerous, but she still 'lives it up' in New York and Hollywood. Gwennie finally returns home having explored the world and discovered herself. She writes of herself, 'Laugh at her faults, forgive her indiscretions and live with her on her trip which is going to be fun all the way.'
This fascinating book is the culmination of more than a year's research by Anthony Dodsworth helped by members of the Rawmarsh and Parkgate Local History Group and some of the students from St Pius X Catholic High School, Wath-upon-Dearne. The area's unique heritage is captured here with stories of schooldays, the Whit parades, working lives in the coal mines and steelworks, the Second World War, and, of course, some of Rawmarsh's well-known and shops and businesses, including Schonhut's Butchers and Robbie's Picture House. Filled with tales that will move, remind and delight the reader, this nostalgic volume will engage and entrance all who know the area.
This beautiful collection of over 200 archive images, many never before published, explores the South Yorkshire village of Greasbrough. The village has changed considerably in the last fifty years; buildings have disappeared and schools, churches and pubs have changed, but the strong sense of community has remained. Each image is accompanied by a detailed caption, bringing the past to life and describing every aspect of life in Greasbrough, including transport, shops, sports, special occasions and even floods and fires. Nearby Wentworth Woodhouse and Park are also covered, as are the local collieries and chemical works. The main focus is, however, on the people who made up this vibrant community, including many faces which will still be recognisable to the readers of this fascinating book today. This pictorial history will delight anyone who has lived or worked in Greasbrough, inspiring memories of more tranquil times and a more peaceful village life.
This book is part of the Images of England series, which uses old photographs and archived images to show the history of various local areas in England, through their streets, shops, pubs, and people.