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ISBN: 9780857042033
AUTHOR: Stephen Peart
The Book of Lingwood
The Book of Lingwood
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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 WW1 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.

Newmarket born Stephen Peart proudly claims his Norfolk roots. After writing The Book of Strumpshaw in 2010 he was approached to do likewise for Lingwood. Taking up the challenge, the author went in search of his family namesakes who helped lay the railway through the village in 1880.

Stephen believes that community history is bound in the lives of its people. For The Book of Lingwood he brought a forty year experience working in regional broadcast television and applied it to giving celebrity status to the village and its people. Before the books of Lingwood and Strumpshaw, Stephen wrote two volumes and several magazine articles on ‘his other hobby’ the history of East Anglia’s cinemas.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 203 3, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages, £24.99. Published October 2013.

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