Nostalgia: A look at what life was like in our villages in 1912

PUBLISHED: 12:05 10 February 2006 | UPDATED: 21:40 28 May 2010

* A DISASTROUS fire occurred on the farm premises in the occupation of Mr Joseph Slote, Three Horse Shoes, Coates. Coates Fire Brigade received a call at 12.30pm and within a short space of time proceeded to the outbreak, a distance of two miles, with th

* A DISASTROUS fire occurred on the farm premises in the occupation of Mr Joseph Slote, Three Horse Shoes, Coates. Coates Fire Brigade received a call at 12.30pm and within a short space of time proceeded to the outbreak, a distance of two miles, with the manual engine. It was found on arrival that the fire had got as firm hold of all the farm buildings. Willing helpers were soon on the scene but it was found impossible to save the property. A heifer, some ducks and fowls, and several young chickens were roasted alive; a stack of straw and hay and all the farming implements were destroyed, nothing being left but the house. The cause of the fire remains a mystery.

* FREE Methodists, Wesleyans, Baptists etc, from Outwell, Upwell, Three Holes and Christchurch, held their summer treat and made up an exceedingly large party for Hunstanton. Over 1,100 fares were booked, which necessitated two special trams to convey the party.

* ON Sunday afternoon Doddington Band paraded through the village and collected en route for the Mansion House Fund in aid of the sufferers of the Titanic disaster and in the evening a sacred concert was given against the Jubilee Tower. A total of £4.15s.8d was collected. Further sums have also been received since which brings the total up to £5.5s. The band wish to thank the public for their very generous support.

* BY the death of Mr Thomas Shepherd, Outwell loses one of its best known and most widely-respected tradesmen. For a great many years Mr Shepherd carried on the business of harness maker and Hackney stable proprietor and in later years also became a fruit merchant which he had begun to establish in a good way during the fruit season. He was a good neighbour with a kind and genial nature, which gained him many friends.

* ONE hears of lightning doing all sorts of harmful things, but it is not often that that a signal post gets struck by it. Such an incident occurred at Wimblington Station during the thunderstorm on Friday last. A portion of the post was knocked away, but fortunately the working of the signal was not affected.

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