23. Peapicking

  In the log book of the Girls’ National School, Witham, on 29 June 1888, the headmistress wrote “Many are absent owing to peapicking. One child deserves praise, rising at 4 to work and attending school at 10 a.m.” The girl must have been between 5 and 10 years old, which was the age for … Continue reading “23. Peapicking”

24. Travellers

This story was told me by Mrs Mabel Nicol. At about the time of the First World War, she was apprenticed to her aunt as a dressmaker at 11 Guithavon Street. She said: “I remember there was a travelling fair came to Witham down the recreation ground. And one of the ladies from the fair … Continue reading “24. Travellers”