A glance back in time

I am indebted to a member of staff of the Rothwell Library who, when they were having a clearout last autumn, rescued four books from probable destruction. I was asked if I would be interested in having them and was delighted to discover that they were bound editions of the Oulton Parish Magazine for the years 1895, 1896, 1897 and 1914.

The first volume goes back to the launch of the Magazine in February 1895 - exactly 113 years ago. I hope that today's readers might be equally interested in gaining a glimpse into the history, not only of the church here, but also of the wider community. The pages are rather fragile, but the magazines provide an insight into a way of life so different, but in many ways so similar, to that of today.

The 'lord' was in his manor, the 'lady' was a benevolent figure, the parson was respected, and the commoners knew their place. The church played a large part in the daily happenings in the village. There was no public library and no NHS. Without TV and easy entertainment, there was little (apart from hard work and the demon drink) to compete with social events and charitable deeds.

Yet, even then, the Revd Green-Price berated his parishioners for not attending church services, for not caring for the graveyard, and for not sending their children to school on time.

So, maybe society has changed over the past 100 years, but it would seem that the nature of people has not.

For anyone interested in local history, the magazines give an insight into some of the issues of the day, and it is interesting to see references to familiar villagers' names, some of whom will still have descendants living locally.

This month we are including a full copy of the first edition of the Oulton Parish Magazine in our magazine. and in subsequent editions we shall include extracts for the relevant month. To see the 1895 issue click the link below.

No - there really is nothing new under the sun.

Sue Teet

Church Warden
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