Over my time with the Discovering Southwell project I have again and again been bowled over by the warmth and openness that I, as an ‘outsider’ have been privileged to encounter as people have shared their time, thoughts and stories about the Southwell area.
Today demonstrated yet again that generosity of spirit and enthusiasm for the area and its heritage that I have typically encountered. Braving the showers, Teresa and Tony had arranged to meet Albus and I at the cricket ground on the Brackenhurst Campus. The meeting place was significant. Tony’s Great, Great Grandfather Christopher Wombwell had lived in a cottage that once stood on the edge of the ground. Address given on the 1901 census as just ‘Cricket Ground’. Today we traced the path of Christopher’s life.