|Wellington Road in c1954|
So is revealed the origins of at least some of the street names (we are still considering Wellington and Beresford roads), the many styles of house design helping us to locate where early gaps were later filled with newer homes. Being a residential road well back from Hatfield Road's shopping mile, we can marvel at the number of shops which opened here in the first half of the last century; most no longer open for business
Guests are usually given location maps and laminated photographs to compare an earlier scene with the present day. Such afternoons or evenings are a pleasantly social experiences, where talks become meaningful discussions. Everyone has something to offer, and everyone goes home with a newly recalled memory or fresh information.
|A story walk in the "Laid to Rest" series,|
Hatfield Road Cemetery
As for the story walks, the organisers are frequently surprised by the number of guests for which this would be their first venture beyond the splendid main gates. Among the thousands of burials in such green and peaceful few acres, stories about a small number have been researched and presented. Of course, most people lead private lives and their stories are unknown to others. But if we are to include those which Fleetville Diaries members will be working on during the coming winter, there are nearly fifty stories, told a dozen at a time.
Local history comes in many forms and a tramp around the streets is no bad way to discover more about our patch. After all, these roads, and the people who live or work in them, are part of us, and we are part of that same community.