High Street in the early 1900s
Waltham on the Wolds Village, UK A sandy major avenue that disappeared in winter fog. Original buildings and dwellings remain. Modern additions include automobiles, a satellite dish, and a rooftop antenna. As a backdrop, the Norman-era Church of St. Mary Magdelene rises.
The churchyard is accessible via a wooden lychgate. Dennis Hurton lived in the house directly in front of the church, to the left of the telegraph pole. “He was the electrical appliance repairman and local historian,” Amy Louise Cox of the town recalls. Dennis, one of many neighborhood merchants in the 1900s, ran a small repair shop further up the street.
There are three bar signs on the right hand side of the street. Until the early 1970s, the George & Dragon, or the “home with the roses,” served as a tavern. In her own words, Kim Sorsky reveals, “When I was born in 1966, my parents were the landlords, and they ran the bar until the late 1960s.” Amy Louise claims that in the 1970s, the tavern was open thanks to information provided by Mike Smith, the father.
That’s where I hit the big 2-1 in 1971. When I first started drinking, a pint of Brown and Mild set me back $1.90. As local historian Richard Snodin put it, “I read in Cuthbert Bradley’s book Fox-Hunting from Shire to Shire (1912) of a memorable incident when the Belvoir Hunt got a fox that was going up a chimney.”
The Wheel, which closed in the early 1950s, and The Granby’s Head, located on the corner of the A607 Melton Road, were located farther down.
Around one hundred years ago, there were a total of twelve prosperous inns and alehouses. The only game that can be played at this point is The Royal Horseshoes. The old post office can be found in the residence with the thatched roof that is situated between the two taverns. Sally Bootle Topley, the mother of the girl who lives in the house, divulges the information that the stamp cabinet is still attached to the wall.
The Old Mill is on the right side of the road at the end of Mill Lane. A Grade II listed building, the Old Mill Tower is now a private home. In 1868, Messrs. Thomas Cook from Melton built the mill for George Robinson on the site of an old post mill.
According to David John Hill, George was also the village maltster and resided at the Malt House. The Malt House was reportedly situated on the Malt House Green, which is close to the war memorial and directly across from the Royal Horseshoes Inn. In 1877, John Robinson was working as the miller, and in 1912, his son Edward took over for him.
The Robinson family sold the mill to Richard and Walter Owen between 1925 and 1930. The mill kept going until 1962, when it was the only one in Leicestershire and Rutland that was still working. Even though the sails had been taken down for a long time, it was driven by an oil-powered engine, which was much less romantic.
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