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Chesterton Local History Group Journal, 1986.

'Chesterton', the journal of the Chesterton Local History Group, 1986. St Andrew's School is pictured on the cover. The Manor Farm children attended there, and were allowed to leave ten minutes early in the winter months so they could complete their journey home before it got dark.

It was in late 1985 that Andy gave a talk to Chesterton Local Group at St Andrew's School in the village called 'Rural Arbury - 1840 to 1960'.

This covered the period from the Chesterton Enclosures to the building of the North Arbury Estate, and centred heavily on the Manor Farm on Arbury Road. Derek Stubbings headed the group, and was very dedicated. 'A great local history enthusiast and thoroughly nice bloke,' says Andy today.

In early 1986, Andy wrote an article for Chesterton, the group's journal, about Manor Farm.

We believe it was Derek's son who did the illustrations for the journal. It was not easy to get photographs clearly and affordably reproduced for printed matter back then, and the drawings were a great way round that problem.

Andy's great-great grandparents moved from the original King's Hedges, north of the railway/guided busway (see map), in 1886 (Andy has managed to firm up the 'around 1885' information since the 1980s), and the article he wrote for the journal centred squarely on Manor Farm.

Have a read. 

Arbury, around 1900. Andrew's grandmother laughed at the modern 'King's Hedges Estate/King's Hedges Ward' idea. 'King's Hedges is at King's Hedges!' she said. 'Honestly, what are these people thinking of?'

The excellent sketch of the Manor Farmhouse in the 'Chesterton' journal in 1986, and (below) the original photograph, donated to the Arbury Archive by Dr John Bennett, son of Colonel Charles Bennett, in 1983.


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