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Historic Earith

Earith lies next to the River Great Ouse and where the artificial Old Bedford River starts (cut in 1630 to drain the Great Level in the Fens).
Earith is 11 miles from Huntingdon and 15 miles from Cambridge.
It has the remains of an English Civil War fort known as the Earith Bulwark.
The A1123 main road next to the River Great Ouse can become flooded and impassable after a period of very heavy rainfall.
For Earith Storykeepers articles see this category.

[1] John (Jack) Wales: Earith early years, born 1925

Close up of John Wales' house upper window.

Earith, which is on the river Ouse, in the 1930’s is noted as a holiday resort and in the summer months many people enjoy themselves fishing, boating and swimming in this river. Our house, which is situated in the High Street, commands an excellent view of the fens, and it overlooks the river Ouse…

Earith School Concert 1912

Close up of Earith School Concert 1912 programme.

Earith School Concert 1912 ‘The Doll’s House Party’ and ‘Sir Christus the Good’. The Programme of Earith School Concert. 18th and 19th December 1912 Pianoforte Duet: ‘Merry Skaters’ Ida Searle and Nellie Warren. Song: ‘The Kings Own’ B. Parren. Play – ‘The Dolls House Party’: Mistress Doll: Constance Thoday. Little Dolls: Elsie King, Ethel Attwood, Doris Setchell, Willie Brown, Henry […]

1930’s school playground

Man in a cap in the 1930's.

1930’s school memories: I remember when I was in the infants class Mr Jewson, who lived nearly opposite the playground in the house called ‘Cavendish’ used to go to Mickey Day’s sweet shop and buy a large paper bag full of liquorice Allsorts.
He then came to the playground railing and threw the sweets out as though he were throwing corn to chickens…

Outside play in 1930′s Earith

Boy rolling marbles.

Among the games we boys and girls played in the playground in 1930′s Earith were ‘Big Harry’ and ‘Little Harry’, both forms of Tag. The boys also played a very rough contact game where one team jumps onto the bent backs of the other team and tries to break the chain…

1930’s Earith getting to school and learning about farming

The old Earith Suspension Bridge.

In 1930’s Earith the causeway was flooded, as it usually was every winter then, the children would be ferried across by Harry Harper in his boat.
Some children, mainly of the business families and some farmers and fruit growers would go to private schools in St Ives…

Old bridges at Earith

The Seven Holes Bridge at Earith.

Here is a picture of the Earith Suspension Bridge – known then as the Earith High Bridge…
Below is the old Seven Holes Bridge at Earith where there were seven sluices. The modern sluice now stands at the same location…

At school in 1930’s Earith

Earith village sign.

Lessons with ‘Gandhi’ at school in 1930’s Earith. Before each day’s school the bell on the roof was rung by an older boy and we all lined up in the playground under our respective teachers and filed quietly in. When I was in Standard two we had ink pens to write with…

1934 Earith The Bunny Fellowship

Hunts Post Bunny Fellowship Certificate.

The Hospital Sunday Parade in 1934 Earith with the Hunts Post Bunny Fellowship, which raised money for the County Hospital…

[2] John (Jack) Wales: young memories of Earith

Rat's head poking out of the piano.

Young memories of Earith: On hearing the piano playing on its own accord, we called the dog in, and opened the top of the piano. Then after a few kicks and a few notes being played, the two rats came forth and…

1930’s Earith Annaul Parade for Cottage Hospital

1930's annual parade, Earith.

1930’s Earith Annual Parade to raise money for Huntingdon Cottage Hospital in the 1930’s …