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Ellesmere Society

Memories Booklets

Ellesmere Society Memories Booklets
Where to buy the 'Memories Booklets'?

The series of ‘Memories Booklets’ are available to buy price £1/- per booklet from The Info Link at the Library,or contact the Society’s secretary by phone on 01691 623868,or email by using the 'Contact' page on this website.


The start of the last century saw Ellesmere as it would remain until the end -a rural market town - life was considerably different. With the 1990s Social Security orientated society it is difficult to realise that for the first 30 years of the last century, the Poor Law and workhouse loomed large over those unable to support themselves but this is brought vividly to mind in this booklet.



Our objective is to create a general picture of various aspects of life within Ellesmere during the Twentieth century. For those who have lived in the town for all, or many, of their years, the stories are intended to stimulate memories and encourage them to send us further stories. New residents and visitors will hopefully find the booklets amusing and informative of past times.



This edition includes two different items to our usual memories. There is a transcript of an interview with a lady aged 95, and a copy of a letter written by a 97 year old lady.



The twentieth century saw Ellesmere benefit greatly from the actions of two special ladies. ‘The Donor’ came from a remarkable family, and ‘The Saviour’ was responsible for a remarkable success. Louisa Jeb donated the Cottage Hospital to the town and Olga Cureton has dedicated much of her life to saving the hospital and its continuing welfare. Louisa was Eglantyne’s great aunt. Whilst ‘Save the Children’ is known to all, there are other interesting aspects to the family as Lionel Jeb reveals. On the other hand, Olga Cureton’s recollections are solely related to the hospital. Both make fascinating reading.



Our previous booklet number 4 commenced with memories of two ladies associated with the Cottage Hospital another was Hilda Sleigh who compiled a scrapbook on the Hospital and with the aid of her friends and many others including long serving doctors. It appears that doctors were very contented reaching ages of 86, 91, and 93 years.



The last century & the start of this has already seen more that enough disasters and violence. Thus it is natural to look back and recall the "good old days". This series has looked back but not all the memories were of good times. Fortunately there are many happy recollections and this edition includes a variety of the pleasures obtained from just some of the numerous Associations, Clubs and Societies in Ellesmere.



The year 2000 saw the Ellesmere Society publish a Booklet on twentieth century Ellesmere memories, as a millennium project. Due to it’s popularity a further four booklets were published by the end of 2001. Followed by a special edition in 2003 and Booklet six in 2007. Those memories were limited regarding the town’s long established businesses. But in this Booklet will be found memories of three of those who served the community throughout the entire twentieth century and another that started in 1939 (all still trading at the time of printing!!). The photograph of the Whit-Monday Sports Committee provides a special link with two of them as it includes Fred Roberts and George Hawkins.



The previous edition of the booklets took us through the whole of the twentieth century by way of the memories relating to three businesses in our town that had been trading since the 1800s. This time the memories take us back again to the first decades of the last century plus recollections of some amusing features occurring thereafter up to the 1960s.



Ellesmere is probably one of the oldest continuously inhabited towns in Britain, and this booklet has been prepared to show you as much of interest as can be incorporated into a short walk around the town.



The Ellesmere railway accident of 1887 and its consequences were described to a meeting of the Ellesmere Society by Mrs Pat McLaughlin, granddaughter of Mr John Hood who was Stationmaster at Ellesmere in 1887 and a central figure in the events that followed.