Our detective work 🔎 is really paying off.
We have just started to unlock some of the secrets of Pear Tree House and we stumbled upon a very interesting character: Thomas Lye (how lucky were we to find a picture of him? Priceless! ) Tommy was the head of the family living at the Pear Tree House when he appeared in the news in the 1850's after being involved in a horse doping conspiracy. He was working as a stable jockey for his brother-in-law, Thomas Dawson, when he took part in a plot to make one of his horses, Silton, lose a prestigious Newcastle race. Silton did win that race despite having 'a chemist's shop inside him' but being a family relative to the trainer, Tommy got off lightly!
We also found a morbid side to Tommy's character; after his retirement, he developed a mania for attending every funeral in Wensleydale wearing a dapper-bell topper hat 🎩 and swallow-tailed coat. That must have kept him busy...😬
His descendants were still living at the Pear Tree house in the early 1910’s.
What other stories are we going to uncover? 🕵️♀️ Picture source: jockeypedia
Hello! 👋🏻 Welcome to Ditchling History Project’s brand new Instagram page. We are being dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century!
We plan to use this page to give you a flavour of what it is that we do and the resources we have collected over the past 20 years, documenting the rich history of (what we think is) our very special village.
Hopefully this will be a good way of telling the story of the people, personalities and families, the landmarks, places and little known stories and micro-histories, that have made Ditchling what it is today, as well as engaging people with connections to the village, past and present. We will also keep you abreast of our regular events and publications.
And, we’d love to hear your comments, questions and recollections on the content we share. We are actively looking for new members at the moment, so if you’d like to find out more, please do get in touch.
Here’s a snap from Fair Day, Summer 1948. PLENTY more where that came from...
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Here’s the view of the house from the backyard this past winter. It was built in three sections, which is easiest to distinguish from this view.
The left section is the living room. It is the oldest section of the house and used to be several bedrooms.
The central section, the tallest area, is now the kitchen, dining room, and second floor bedrooms. It used to include a parlor and farm office.
Most of the rear part of the house was a woodshed. It was quite extravagant to have an interior woodshed--no going out into the cold to get wood for the fire. Alas, we have regressed and do go out in the cold to get wood though. 😆 We use the space as a tool (and junk) shed and workshop. The original kitchen used to be in the area closest to the central section of the house (the door that is partially obscured by the grill). It is now the laundry room. The second floor was the servants’ quarters; it is now my study plus a bedroom.
There is an attic to each part of the house too—each with its own set of wildlife. The flying squirrels enjoy the rear attic while the bats prefer the living room attic. 🙈
It is fascinating to see how houses have changed through time. Walnut Hill was built about 190 years ago. For all intents and purposes, the house is fairly authentic—no additions. The floor plan did evolve but considering how much technology has changed in 200 years that’s understandable.
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It’s been a beautiful weekend so far here in Minnesota. I’ve finished my new book and uncovered another layer to the story of our house. I wasn’t sure what to highlight this week during #52weeksofhome
wildcard theme! It inspired me to dig a little deeper into our house’s history and I’m glad I did! Since purchasing this house in September 2017 we discovered the old photo and learned the names of the house’s original inhabitants. We found out our house was built as a hotel/stagecoach station and perhaps even a brothel. This weekend’s discovery also confirms it was used as a post-prohibition tavern ran by Mrs. Ida Lackey (little girl in the top photo on image three! Newspaper archives are next! On to learning more about this woman and her story. More to come. #oldhouselife #oldhouselove #thankfulforhistorians #historystory #househistories #mnhistoricalsociety #freeborncountyhistoricalsociety
My husband works in a small school that used to be a farm house. The teachers wanted to know who was living here during the wars to bring history to life for the students there.
I was able to find that one of the farmer's sons applied to a military tribunal to be exempt from military service in WW1. His exemption lasted less than a year and he eventually ended up as an officer in the RAF. However, he must have befallen some sort of accident as he was discharged to hospital after just 6 weeks. He eventually ended up back at the farm and was there when WW2 started. He lived until the grand age of 94.
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