A while ago I received a communiqué from a member of the ‘Soddenham diaspora’ who sent me a number of photographs of ‘the old country’ he had just inherited. Mr. Pickard, a regular visitor to our humble website, sent me an elegantly typed letter explaining his scant knowledge of the images and why they were sorted in such a way. He wrote;
“Hi Les, About a week ago I was given a whole load of old boxes and tins that belonged to my uncle who for most of his life lived in Soddenham as did his father. I’ve been working my way through the contents of these boxes. In an an old rusty biscuit tin labelled “Old Soddenham Pictures” are a lot of images sorted into various envelopes with odd titles.”
The first image (at top) was loose in the tin and shows a group of people in a seated trailer being towed by a tractor. We cannot find any references to rides given anywhere in our archives but can state confidently that the trailer belonged to the Mulgrew family as it is crudely marked with the Mulgrew device on the back panel:
Two benches. Two empty benches. Could these be the locations of some sort of furtive activity; a tryst between married lovers? a place where hearts and trusts were broken perhaps? Neither bench bears any identifying marks nor or these photographs marked on the reverse, as others are. This we may never know. One thing is for sure is that the bench above is the one on the village side of the Leam just above the mill pond. The bottom one is a mystery. We do not have dry stone walling around these parts, so its relevance is even more confusing.
The next two were also loose in the tin and a little more macabre:
A Message from The Soddenham Historical Society and Curry Club
Perhaps you can help? We are enthusiastic amateurs and try our best with the resources available to us but recognise that we may not be as accurate as we would like to be. Are our conclusions correct? Do you have another answer? Can you prove it? We would love to hear from you. Get in touch with Les Taret via the contact form here. In particular, we are looking for any clues about the images featured abouve.
Many thanks to Mr Pickard for granting us permission to share these images with the general public.