These days we leave a digital footprint and local historians routinely track through the formalities of our lives – headstones, memorials, dedications, parish records and legal documents. If they’re really lucky they might find a diary or journal.
Intriguingly, more personal traces can also be found – graffiti is a great example but also carvings were often based on real people – their likenesses (although sadly not their names) preserved for hundreds of years. Some of these may be self-portraits but others would have been villagers either loved, hated or ridiculed for posterity!
Photographs (below) include:
Poppy Head pew carvings which can be seen on the old pews in the choir stalls and by the choir vestry
graffiti on the church door and signatures scratched in to one of the East windows – these glass engravings seem to record craftsmen who worked on the Church and Church Officers including Churchwardens.
This year we plan to work on a detailed history of the Church and Churchyard – if you would like to help, please get in touch!
“One member made the comment that all a child needs as well as love is something to cuddle, something to read and to be able to feel emotionally comfortable. Another member then suggested we could make reading cushions or perhaps comfort quilts to be given to the children refugees –and so a project began!!”
“The WI initially envisaged making 10 items to give away as Christmas gifts to the locally housed Ukrainian children. It was thought that a reading cushion with a book and a soft toy in the pocket would be something which the children would treasure and also could be taken back with them when they eventually are able to return home.”
By the time of Ukrainian Christmas Day on January 7th, members of Hickling WI had made 80 reading cushions and quilts. Presentations have taken place in Hickling, Sutton Bonington, Keyworth and West Bridgford – the reaction of grateful families has been heartfelt (not to mention tearful).
“To see a 10yr old boy sit and hug his reading cushion was a memory which will stay with us all. To see the joy in a father’s eyes as he accepted an embroidered quilt for his newly born child following a traumatic escape from Odessa made all our efforts worthwhile and we all felt very humble.”
A genuinely inspirational project which helps in a way that makes a real difference.
(article published as part of our Tomorrow’s History project)
We have a couple of lovely school photographs which include wartime evacuees living in Hickling in 1940; sadly, we don’t have many names for these children – can you help?
Official evacuees came to Hickling from Great Yarmouth in mid-1940 and we are also aware of evacuees from London, too. Interestingly, the 1939 Register shows 19 out of 41 children in the village are living in households with a different surname – we think that many of these could have been unofficial evacuees from Nottingham and elsewhere. Children were often moved out of cities to live with extended family or friends in the countryside – can you help us by adding to any of these stories?
We would like to build this page with memories and information; we look forward to hearing from you!
The family of George Warren have undertaken a fascinating process, using DNA, which has traced their family back to Richard Brooks in Hickling – follow how they did this on this link.
In the 1881 Census we have a record for the family of Richard and Mary Brooks; by the time of the 1891 Census, they have four daughters but they have gone their separate ways and Mary and her daughters are living alone.
We are trying to find out what happened to both Richard and Mary.
Mary was born in Hickling – she was a member of the Rippin (Rippen/Rippon) family and several related households of this name can be found in Hickling and Kinoulton from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s. The 1881 census seems to place Richard & Mary Brooks close to her parents and close to the canal.
Richard Brooks was born in Enfield and was recorded as a boatman – working on the canals may explain how he came to be in Hickling. After leaving Hickling, he started a new family under the name of George Warren, living close to the canals in Runcorn in Cheshire.
Can you help?
The family of Richard Brooks are keen to know what happened to Mary and their daughters; particularly Mary. She seems to have moved to Upper Broughton, living in the household of William Allen but we haven’t been able to find a burial record for her. Any information about any of these three families would be much appreciated!
We are keen to record your memories of the Queen and any stories or anecdotes about the Queen or King Charles that you would like to share; please contact us or message us, below.
For example, we know that Prince Charles (as he was then) visited Hickling when he rode out locally – do you have any memories of these visits? Or, perhaps, your thoughts and experiences over the last few days.