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Three Bridges, a Waywiser and a famous Mapmaker

Curlew
I enjoy reading The History File by David Cummings each month as I am sure many others do. But for me his article for March hit the spot as it featured local history and cartography. And the mapmaker concerned was my long time hero John Ogilby who produced the first atlas of strip road maps covering England and Wales, commissioned by Charles II and published in 1675 with the title 'Britannia'.
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11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

Christletob Remembrance Day 2018

Eleven o'clock on the 11th November was rather different this year. A poignant reminder of the passing of time as it was one hundred years since the guns fell silent ending World War 1. The most horrible of wars when many young men from Christleton were injured or lost their lives. Their names were read out followed by those who died in service to their country during World War II. A two minute silence was held so we could reflect upon their suffering and how much they gave for us. The December edition of The History File by David Cummings recalls our remembrance on that day at Christleton War Memorial and in St. James Church. Illustrated by some 70 photographs including the knitting and needlework by Material Girls. In addition David gives an account of the special evening of Commemoration on 10th November at Christleton High School. I was lucky enough to have a ticket for this event and was moved by the drama students performance. I also enjoyed joining in with the rendition of WWI songs. They just do not write them like that any more.

Richard Nicholson
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Water and Waterways were in his Blood

David Wain OBE

The November edition of The History File is a tribute to David Wain OBE by David Cummings and Alf Croston. David Wain died in September this year. In Christleton we are so lucky to have the Shropshire Union Canal passing through the village. In days gone by the Skips Lane area was a hive of activity with boat builders yards. I am sure you will enjoy reading about this respected member of the Christleton community whose exploits included driving his car across the frozen River Dee near the old Dee Bridge..

Richard Nicholson
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