From Iron Ore to Hats Galore!
Following on from ‘Frizington – Much More Than One Long Street’, this book concentrates on occupations showing the variety and diversity of the village in the early days until more recent times. It highlights how Frizington was transformed from a small rural village to a prosperous ‘boom’ town.
Mine-heads sprang up like mushrooms and the good quality ore produced, was regarded as ‘the Rolls Royce of ores’. Wills, the butler at Rheda, was likened to a jackdaw in his uniform – swallow-tail suit, starched front, bow tie and cuffs. No wonder he frightened away many a youth who dared to prowl around the mansion grounds. Staff knew when ‘something was on’ worldwide, when large orders appeared for military berets. Marjorie Hunter, the ‘Fez’ cook, made fantastic sausage rolls – getting a couple of these was a real treat! Dr Quine didn’t own a pair of slippers. He always wore shoes which were kept at the end of his bed for night-time emergencies. “Mike and Benita were most anxious not to miss the Battle of London. There is no accounting for taste!”
Whitehaven Hospital WEA Research Group
Paperback; 270 x 185mm
Black and white and colour illustrations throughout