Gerald’s February 2019 Musings

Thank you, everyone, involved in making the Arkholme pensioners lunches so enjoyable, the Christmas one was especially good, the entertainment provided by the school children was first class and their behaviour was a credit to their teachers, we had a very happy two hours, thank you very much.

Whittington is so lucky to have so much recorded history. I have been reading The Parish Church of Whittington Registers Volume 1, 1538 to 1764. It is available from the library on request. Started in the reign of Henry VIII, the records are one of only three complete sets in the whole of Lancashire

One of the entries from 1616 states that from 19 December 1616 to 4 November 1617 – “it pleased God to visit the parish with a dangerous disease or contagious sickness in which time over two hundred people were taken ill and twenty nine of them died”. The Rev. Richard Jackson was Rector from 1641 to 1680. His name is on the sundial in the churchyard. He left quite a lot of details of vestry meetings, written in the back of the records. He organised a number of collections in the church for numerous good causes, some for plague victims at Flookborough and Aughton, another to repair the castle wall at Spennymoor, and another to complete the rebuilding of St Paul’s Cathedral.

One other entry states that the church clock and bells are in bad repair. Just how old was the original clock? It must have been one of the oldest clocks in existence – and how did they know how to set the time?

The next dance in the Village hall is on 2 February when Denis Westmorland returns playing his Lakeland music for our enjoyment.

Gerald Hodgson

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