Books:                                               The following books are available from ssHs

Launched at Sturton & Stow Agricultural Show

on 7th October 2017......................................................

 Stow Wars:
    Rebellion - Hostilities - Skulduggery - Shenanigans

     Fact based story of life in 19th century Stow.

                      by Lincolnshire Historian Linda Crust.

Published July 2015 .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 Memories of Local Business Life in Sturton-by-Stow:

180 x 227 mm in size, comprising 128 pages with supporting photographs

              compiled by Sharron Banham & David Curtis

 Published July 2014. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

Sturton by Stow Memories:  Compiled in 2000 by Wendy Hedderick this book celebrates the Millennium.  The book is 191 x 242 mm in size with 159 pages, and is supported by many unique photographs. The 16 chapters cover our 19th and 20th century Village Schools, Church, Chapels, and the first village hall known locally as t’ut (the hut).  There are recollections from villagers interviewed at the millennium.  Chapters further include WW2 reflections, the Home Guard, the Parish Council, Drama groups, Woman’s Institute, Pensioner’s Social Society, Girls Guides, Brownies, and Rainbows.   The famous village pond is recalled by older villagers.   There is a chapter by Dennis Gilbert recalling the village in 1937.  
There are comments from two founder members of the 1930's History Society - Frederick. W. Gelder and Murial Andrews. 


Memories of Stow:  Although two years later than Sturton by Stow Memories this book compiled by Wendy Hedderick and Chris Turner in 2002 was also intended to celebrate the Millennium. The book is 191 x 242 mm in size and has 92 pages, the narrative is supported by a collection of unique photographs.  Several chapters have villagers recalling past times, all amply supported with photographs. There are chapters about the Old School House, the Stow Horse Fair and Stow Methodism. There are chapters devoted to Stow Church and in particular the mid19th century restoration, which includes some lovely illustrations and photographs.  There are copies of two rare Stow Church photographs taken by a famous Manchester photographer, and probably amongst the very earliest photographs in Lincolnshire. 


Bransby Days: The author, Dorothea Fable, writes with tender love of her family home in the small hamlet of Bransby,  This story is about her mother Dora, a remarkable woman, the youngest of seven daughters, raised at Sturton Subscription Windmill.  Dora was a daredevil child with an over whelming zest for living. She became a woman before her time, developing a local reputation, and becoming a well-known personality.  Between 1923 and 1934 Dora rode her horse Bess with the Burton Hunt. This 2nd edition book was first published in 1996, it has 86 pages, and is 148 x 210 mm-A5 in size.   Supported with many old photographs it is a valuable historical record of a Lincolnshire family in the early years of the 20th Century.   It is a story of loving, living and losing.    

A Victorian School Master:  A true chronicle of “goings-on” at Sturton Victorian School between 1880 and 1890.  Head Master Mr. Edmund Houghton Garner arrived in 1880.   Edmund Garner was a church man but became a practicing Methodist whilst living in Sturton by Stow.  The Stow Church incumbent Cannon Neville took exception to Garner’s change of allegiance.  Cannon Neville began a campaign to oust Edmund Garner from the school.  At one public meeting held to discuss Garner’s performance the Chairman of the School Board remarked that it was not about Edmund Garner but about the dissenters of Sturton by Stow versus Churchmen of Stow.  The book is well supported with old photographs and illustrations.  First published in 1982 this 2nd edition has a forward by author Linda Crust, is 148 x 210 mm-A5 in size and has 18 pages.    
The Fiery Proprietory of Sturton by Stow:  This book by Lincolnshire Historian Linda Crust portrays the lives of small 19th century Lincolnshire farmers.  The story is taken up when the last open fields were enclosed.  It has 45 pages is 148 x 210 mm-A5 in size.  It is supported with historical facts, figures, photographs, and illustrations.   The book highlights interesting issues of that time, not least of which was the animosity between the established church at Stow and the so called dissenters, mainly small farmers who were also Methodists.   In the mid 19th century it was open warfare between the Stow incumbent Rev G. Atkinson and the so called dissenters.  The title is from a phrase coined by Stamford Mercury in 1848.     
1878 – 1978 Centenary Booklet:  

This book was produced in 1978 to celebrate 100 years of the Victorian School at Sturton by Stow.  It accurately records interesting historical facts during the school’s first 100 years. It is 148 x 210 mm-A5 in size and has 8 pages.

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