He kindly lent me his History of Pinner [plus the leaflet from the H-R Museum] to read, so I have brought them away to the WWDP confer ence with me. After a day studying Suriname, an evening perusing Pinner seems a good change of scenery. Mind you, Rick did imply that the book wasn't exactly a riveting read.
So, what do I make of Patricia Clarke's book? Bizarrely the Amazon listing says the author is Bob Clarke, who did write other history books, but is definitely not the lady pictured inside the back cover. Amazon does credit her with other Pinner books though.
Well...it is meticulously documented facts about personages and properties in Pinner - from Saxon times up to the end of the twentieth century. Clearly a lot of work went into the book, but I was a little disappointed. I wanted some more interesting facts about Isabella Beeton, or Horatia Nelson, daughter of the admiral. The lists of names of householders may be of interest to genealogists, but didn't really excite me. And sadly the book stops too soon, so misses all the later famous people of the parish. I didn't dislike the book, but wished it could have been jollied up a little. Only ** I am afraid. However I did like the picture of two WW1 Soldiers. One was named as Private Godfrey [don't tell him, Pike]
For no particular reason, two photos taken in the chapel at Hothorpe before last night's evening prayers
I have yet to find out what Gripe Griffin Hold
Fast means. All a bit Hogwart 's if you ask me