WE ARE TRYING TO :-
HISTORY OF OUR VILLAGE
BUILD A WEB
SITE TO SHARE THAT HISTORY
SCHOOLCHILDREN IN THE PROJECT
NAMES ON THE WAR MEMORIAL OF THE VILLAGE
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.
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..
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
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