PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Studying Elwick’s history

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HISTORY-HUNTING residents in Elwick are digging up the past in the village in an intriguing look back over hundreds of years.

The Elwick Village Atlas Group is coming across fascinating discovery after fascinating discovery as they search through footage, maps, pictures and people’s memories of the village and how it has changed.

Elwick history group members(left to right) Penny Heslop, Brian Footitt and Victoria Harrison.

Elwick history group members(left to right) Penny Heslop, Brian Footitt and Victoria Harrison.

The group has various different strands with residents looking at Roman and Medieval settlements in Elwick, village life during the Second World War, the changes of land use in the village and studying family routes.

The group is holding an open day next week where archaeologist Robin Daniels will take people on a guided walk around the village before an archeological dig will be held on the village green in July.

And all of the discoveries will be brought together in one historical keepsake as everyone involved in the group aims to put together a book, similar to the one produced in Elwick at the turn of the millennium.

Brian Footitt, chairman of the Elwick Village Atlas Group, who describes himself as a relative newcomer to the village despite the fact he has lived there for more than 30 years, said: “What we are doing seems to have struck a chord with residents in the village and the response we have had has been excellent.

Church Bank cottages pictured in the 1930s.

Church Bank cottages pictured in the 1930s.

“We have looked at ordnance survey maps of Elwick from 1850 all the way through to 2005, we are looking at the plots and how they have changed.

“Looking back at the Second World War has been quite interesting because not only are we looking at what happened to residents of the village but also what happened in the village at that time.

“One other thing we are looking at is the ‘famous’ people in Elwick and their lives.

“We are also doing oral history sessions where we have been meeting up with older residents in the community and recording their history and memories of the village.”

A rainy day at Elwick Show.

A rainy day at Elwick Show.

Brian, a retired director of nursing at James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, is urging even more residents to get involved with the project.

The open day will be held on Saturday, April 27, and people should meet at Elwick WI Hall at 10.30am.

For more information about the project call Brian on (01429) 277837.

Elwick history group members(left to right) Penny Heslop, Brian Footitt and Victoria Harrison.

Elwick history group members(left to right) Penny Heslop, Brian Footitt and Victoria Harrison.

Elwick history group members(left to right) Penny Heslop, Brian Footitt and Victoria Harrison.

Elwick history group members(left to right) Penny Heslop, Brian Footitt and Victoria Harrison.