History group’s ‘fascinating’ day

An open day was Held at Elwick WI Hall as part of the Village Atlas history project. Pictured, from left, are group members Joan Banks, David Self, Hilary Thompson, Minna West, Margaret Self, Vicky Harrison, Barbara Irving, David Footitt and Norma Pagdin.
An open day was Held at Elwick WI Hall as part of the Village Atlas history project. Pictured, from left, are group members Joan Banks, David Self, Hilary Thompson, Minna West, Margaret Self, Vicky Harrison, Barbara Irving, David Footitt and Norma Pagdin.

RESIDENTS discovered more about Elwick’s past as a history group held a “fascinating” open-day.

The Elwick Village Atlas group have been tapping into the knowledge of residents in the village as well as hunting through books and old photographs to learn more about happenings in the village in years gone-by.

And members discovered some more insightful facts at an event held in the village hall on Saturday.

Brian Footitt, chairman of the group, said: “It was a very successful day, we were delighted with the turn out.

“We had between 40 and 50 people who turned up and it was very interesting because a lot of them brought old photographs and memories along with them.”

The group has been finding out about life in Elwick during the Second World War and studying Roman and Medieval settlements in the village, as well as looking at how ordnance survey maps have changed over the years.

Brian, a retired director of nursing at James Cook University Hospital, who has lived in Elwick for more than 30 years, added: “We found out some more fascinating details about the village.

“We were looking at life before the Second World War where well-off people from Hartlepool would have a chalet in Elwick and spend their summer holidays in the village, of course transport back then was a lot different to what it is now.”

The group is now planning butterfly and bat hunts in early June before an archeological dig on the village green in July.

For more information about the group or events call Brian on (01429) 277837.