Gerald’s March Blog

What a sad state our roads are getting into. Church Street is now one long pothole. How cyclists manage to negotiate it without damaging their bikes I do not know. I just hope no one gets hurt or has an accident. The condition of Hosticle Lane is just as bad. The retaining walls are falling in, the grates are blocked solid, and in some

Council workman inspecting potholes in Church St.

places the road surface is down to its foundations. If the road surfaces deteriorate much more, the Parish Council will have to employ a stone breaker, like they did before the roads were tarmacked.

It was not thought necessary for girls to be educated during the nineteenth century, but Mrs Greene from Whittington Hall thought otherwise, and with the help of the Rev Carus Wilson, who was the rector at the time, she opened a school at what is now numbers 1 and 2 Church Cottages. The girls were taught religion, the three R’s, and sewing. The school became so popular there were over seventy pupils attending at one time, and girls were travelling quite long distances to get there.

Is it possible that those two architectural gems, the tea room

Whittington Hall Team Room

and the model dairy, at Home Farm,

Home Farm Model Dairy

were built as teacher training aids for the girls to learn home making skills? There was also Whittington Hall laundry on the site which is now Church Close, so is it possible they were taught washing ana ironing as well? For those people who have never seen the tea room, it was designed by Payley and Austin of Lancaster, with the oak panelling and carved fire surround

Fire surround

by Waring and Gillows, and the beautiful stained glass windows by Shrigley and Hunt of Lancaster.

Stained Glass WIndows

The dairy is tiled with Italian tiles denoting the seasons of the year. What a pity villagers are never allowed to see them.

Stained Glass Windows

The next dance is on March 3rd when Bill Johnston will be playing the music for dancing.

Gerald Hodgson