Secrets, curiosities and mysteries

by | 20 January 2020 | Heritage, Sherwood

At a meeting of the Edwinstowe Historical Society on Wednesday 19th November, Chris Weir’s illustrated talk provided members with details of some of Nottinghamshire’s ‘Secrets, Curiosities and Mysteries’. These included reference to a stand-off at the Greendale Oak, Cuckney, in 1392 between villagers and the King’s officials when a request was refused for horses to free a cart stuck in mud, so the Court Rolls of the King’s Bench could proceed to Welbeck Abbey.

Then there was the court case concerning Pendock Barry of Tollerton Hall who didn’t leave his son anything in his will. Apparently, the only way to receive his inheritance was to prove his father had been insane. Consequently, he filled a book with examples of his father’s strange actions.

On view was a photo taken in 1902 of a statue that once fronted a shop in Pelham Street, Nottingham. This depicted traveller Jonas Hanway holding an umbrella, as it was he who introduced the umbrella to England in the early 18th century following his visit to Asia. The shop sold items for travellers and the owner thought the statue a fitting tribute to Hanway who, incidentally, was out of favour with the hansom cab drivers who lost trade when it rained!

In the late 19th century suffragist Lady Laura Ridding, wife of a bishop, won an election and became the first female guardian of the local workhouse in Southwell, and ensured a difference to the lives of the women there.

No meetings of the society are planned for January. On 19th February Pete Smith’s talk will relate to Rufford Abbey.

Meetings are held in the Church Rooms, Mansfield Road, Edwinstowe NG21 9NJ on the third Wednesday of the month, commencing at 2.00pm and lasting for approximately two hours. Tea/coffee and biscuits are available. Annual membership is £12.00 and visitors are welcome at a charge of £3.00. Further information is available on and enquiries may be made to