The Book of Lingwood - A Village held Hostage to History, by Stephen Peart

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The Book of Lingwood - A Village held Hostage to History, by Stephen Peart
The Book of Lingwood - A Village held Hostage to History, by Stephen Peart

Published by Halsgrove in 2013, 160 pages. Large A4 size Hardback with Dust Jacket (N6026)

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From the front inside fly leaf: Lingwood in Norfolk is younger than the Domesday Book. When King William commanded his grand survey in 1086, the village was part of Blofield, its present day neighbour and, ever since, this idyllic village has been a hostage to history.

The district workhouse was sited here in 1837; a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act, reminding Lingwood that 'the poor are always with us'. After World War I the village's future was faced with more changes when its parental estate was auctioned and Norfolk County Council outbid all others to claim the acreage for allotments for returning WWl soldiers. An army of smallholders contributed to feeding the nation with produce despatched from Lingwood's own railway sidings. In 1939 another war intervened and the old soldiers began fading away.

By the 1950s the need for housing brought Lingwood's council property into the lime­light. Arable land was turned over to building developments; the railway sidings became redundant while the demolished workhouse made way for more houses. Today, Lingwood's lively population, the size of a small town, has fine community spirit. Historians of English cricket remind us that Bill Edrich who famously played for Middlesex and helped England win the Ashes in 1954-55 was born a Lingwood boy.
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