Welcome to the Christleton Blog. This is the best place to check what is happening as I tend to mention here any new items or features to the website as and when they happen and give a link to where you will find them. But I would encourage you to click around the site and explore. You are currently in the main part and you will find links to two other main sections. The Christleton War Voices which has an immense amount of information about Christleton in World War I. The other is Christleton 3 which is rich in photographs and includes two regular monthly features. Wildlife Watch and The History File. Enjoy.
The November edition of The History File by David Cummings is now online. He recalls the words of Frank Poston, a fomer resident of our village. You can read the article or have Ryan read it to you. The paragraph I particularly enjoyed was the one that starts "We older people say the weather and the climate are changing". Things don't change do they. Mind you what Frank says after that does recall another age of peace and quiet in Christleton with no traffic. In fact it is quite easy to imagine yourself walking up Village Road towards the Green and reliving what Frank describes. Give it a try!
The October editions of the three articles that David Cummings writes for the Christleton Website are now online. The History File, Wildlife Watch and Christleton in the Past. A new feature has been added this month to all three illustrated articles. You can choose to read the article or you listen to it as you perhaps look at the photographs. This is all done by the Listnr website that I have joined. The voice you hear is computer generated, but if you feel like chatting to him his name is Ryan. He has never visited Christleton and has a little difficulty with the pronunciation but it is possible for me to to do some tweaking with his text to speech.
The tradition for holding Village Fetes at Christleton seems to have evolved from the efforts of Rector Lionel Garnett to raise funds for the re building of the church in 1876/7. The church is built and over 150 years later the fete still lives on. Read more about the early village fetes in the August edition of Christleton in the Past by David Cummings
In the June edition of The History File David Cummings remembers another person from the Christleton History Archives. It is Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC, OM, DSO & Two Bars, DFC. It makes interesting reading.
It would appear that David Cummings has been doing a lot of research about a man who was appointed organist at St. James' Church Christleton in July 1942. An interesting insight into the life of Dr. George Guest, CBE FRCO in the May edition of The History File.
Never before have shops been so much in the news. Even before this wretched Covid 19 some of the big names had started to disappear from our high streets. What will happen when life returns to some sort of yet unknown normality I do not know. There has been such a switch to online shopping only time will tell if all those shoppers will return to the real shops. I had an antique shop at 25 Watergate Street, Chester for 30 years. I think I enjoyed part of the golden years of Chester being a centre for antique shops and galleries. The Chester listing in the yearly Guide to Antique Shops in the UK used to take up 6 pages or more. The shops were spread around the city but most of them were in Watergate Street. This was probably due to it being the last of the main streets to be upgraded and therefore rents were more affordable.
I opened there in 1968 buying the remaining part of the lease from Raymond Plant, a dealer who specialised in fine English furniture, sporting prints and other pictures. I think he lived at Ivy House in Pepper Street, Christleton. I can remember first visiting the shop in my late teens when it was an antiquarian bookshop run by Mr. Langley. Dressed usually in a long raincoat he used to sit at the back of the shop whistling at times an incomprehensible tune. But I remember there was that wonderful aroma of dusty old books. The shop was lit by about three electric light bulbs hanging from a low ceiling. When Raymond later ran the shop he had the floor dug out so he was able accommodate longcase clocks and other tall furniture. This now meant that you had to go down steps into the the shop. When I moved in I found the old skirting boards still intact 3 feet above floor level. When I moved out in 1998 there was a good demand for small shops and I was able to sell the balance of my Chester Council lease. It could be a long time before anyone can do that again as there is now a large selection of empty properties for aspiring entrepreneurs. Number 25 has been empty and to let for 18 months or more. When in town its nice to go and have a look at the old shop. It evokes a lot of memories. I wonder if in years to come a historian will notice that the hanging sign above the front door has in the ironwork bracket supporting it the letter N. This was made to order in the late 1970's by Barry Crump, the Blacksmith in Christleton. There is a photo of Barry Crump working at his smithy by the High School in David Cumming's April edition of his fascinating new series - Christleton in the Past.