Tag Archive | 1930’s

Did God warn Adolf Hitler not to start a war?

Did God warn Adolf Hitler not to start a war?

It would appear that God did draw a line in the sand and Hitler made a conscious decision to proceed with his plans. The facts come from a documentary “The Nazis: A Warning From History – Hitler’s Path To War” [1] The programme factually showed personal situations and world events leading up to the second world […]

[20] John (Jack) Wales: Jack takes control of Huntingdon Grammar school

[20] John (Jack) Wales: Jack takes control of Huntingdon Grammar school

John continues his story 1936 – 1940….. In the first year every new boy went through an initiation of being thrown into a very large prickly bush (a Pyracantha)! Wooden huts on the side of the playing field, left over from the first World War, housed forms 1A, B and C. Across one end was […]

[17] John (Jack) Wales: Cycling through localised flooding

[17] John (Jack) Wales: Cycling through localised flooding

As children we used to have a great time down there (the Causeway) when the water was only about, say, a foot deep and the cars used to try and get through and they’d get stuck. So in we’d go, the lads; “Give you a push?” and then get a sixpence or something like that. […]

[16] John (Jack) Wales: Bonfires and fireworks – before health and safety!

[16] John (Jack) Wales: Bonfires and fireworks – before health and safety!

Bonfire Night at Earith was one of the main events of the year. We did all the collecting ourselves, we borrowed the hand cart from the undertakers. They were the sort of carts you could put a pony in, but the men just pushed them to take sand and gravel and a few bricks so […]

[15] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; National fishing attraction

[15] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; National fishing attraction

That’s the ‘Riverview’ you can see sticking up and our house was next door and you can see the men fishing. It was lovely in those days, the evenings used to be long evenings. The local lads had peaked caps on. The fishermen, even before the coach loads came down, mother used to take them […]

[14] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; Earith 1930’s gravel, silage and crows

[14] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; Earith 1930’s gravel, silage and crows

(John Wales speaking and standing in Earith High Street) Frank Harradine – to make a bit more money from his cows— he used to dig gravel by hand from the old Bedford River just after it comes out through the 7 Holes (bridge). Then it used to dry out, he had a screen, a metal screen, […]

[13] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; cows, calves and milk

[13] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; cows, calves and milk

(John Wales speaking and standing in Earith High Street) My father was a calf dealer and farmer, as was his forebears and we had a yard full of Hackney horses and a stallion used for pulling the traps for delivering the calves and also a team of very smart cart horses for the land work. […]