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Local Heritage

THIS PAGE SETS OUT THE AIMS OF THE LOCAL HERITAGE GROUP
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This page is for information on the Local Heritage and to keep the village upto date on matters concerning the Playground and all the marvellous work that is being done by Richard Cowley.
Any questions or information on the Heritage or Playground projects please click here to contact Richard
 

ELFORD

 

LOCAL HERITAGE INITIATIVE

 

 

WE ARE TRYING TO :-

 

RESEARCH THE HISTORY OF OUR VILLAGE

 

BUILD A WEB SITE TO SHARE THAT HISTORY

 

INVOLVE THE SCHOOLCHILDREN IN THE PROJECT

 

RESEARCH THE NAMES ON THE WAR MEMORIAL OF THE VILLAGE

 

ESTABLISH A MEMORIAL PLAYGROUND / COMMUNITY AREA IN THE VILLAGE WHICH WILL KEEP THE HISTORY ALIVE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

 

ON THIS SITE YOU WILL WATCH THAT HISTORY DEVELOPE BEFORE YOUR EYES.

 

Efforts are being made to research the history of our lovely village. Ron and Jean have done a brilliant job setting up this web site. It will act as a focal point for the gathering of information. The photographs, pictures and documents will grow into a fascinating collection, which will give a greater awareness of our local heritage to everyone.

 

People have lived in this area for thousands of years. We have our period of time and then there will be others after us. We all have the custodianship of the village while we are living here. It should be ensured that it will stay as lovely as it is for future generations.

 

Interest in the history of the area is not restricted to people within the village. There are many people elsewhere who try to trace their roots. Those roots may well come back to Elford. Visiting this site will give substance to their search for information about the past.

 

A good example of this is a web site I found the other day. Basque children were billeted at the hall at the time of the Spanish Civil War. In Spain they are starting web sites detailing other Basque colonies of children who left there home. The site had a beautiful picture of Elford Hall with the river in front.

 

 

YOU CAN HELP

 

People within the village  are searching for photographs to build the site. and it is generating a fair amount of interest within the community. If anyone reading this has old photos or documents etc. etc. of Elford please share them with the village and the wider community via this web site. The e-mail address is on the main page of this site.

 

We intend to start a local history group to assist in researching the available history.

 

HOWARD SCHOOL

 

The school are planning a twelve-month project, which will introduce the school children to the heritage of the village. It will be lovely to make the children more aware of the heritage of their surroundings. There is a wealth of heritage to Elford and its surrounding area. It is quite phenomenal just how much there is..

 

ARCHIVES IN BIRMINGHAM

 

Anyone having the time should visit the archives in Birmingham Central Library in Chamberlain Square. Its right at the very top of the building. When Elford Hall Estate was given to Birmingham so were a lot of papers. There is an A4 book in the library. Its  an inch thick and it  simply lists the documents. There is enough there for a book with no problem at all.

 

WAR MEMORIAL:

 

Lastly the war memorial in the village commemorates those who gave their lives in the World Wars. It is intended to research the available history of these men, who they were and what became them. Our lives are lived as we do because of them. When this is done it can  be put in the church by the memorial. A second copy can go into the Record Office at Lichfield.

 

A section of this web site will be devoted to them. If you imagine the Elford of 1914 it would have been such a quiet place.  Cornfields  and maybe the occasional car.  Their is a photograph of children dancing on the Hall garden in 1910. Little did they know what was coming. Men went from that environment to the living hell of the trenches in France