LEECHES AND PEACOCKS
This is information passed down to me from my mother whose maiden name was Pearson. My great grand parents William and Mary Pearson lived at Newthorpe Lodge Farm. William was born in 1819 and Mary in 1838.They farmed 84 acres.
Mary used to make a 'salve' a soothing type of ointment which she gave to families in poor circumstances. She also bred Leeches and was called upon to take these to the local colliery when there had been accidents. She also bred Peacocks, presumably these were to eat.William and Mary had six sons.
FOLLOWING A DREAM
I was formerly one of founder members and journal editor of the D H Lawrence Society. In one of previous early issues I recorded memories of my parents (born in first decade of the twentieth century), together with other locals.
I generally followed much of DHL places when a boy - and was Greasley Church teenage attendee in time of Rev Peglar. My parents/grandparents and gt. grandparents are buried there. One of my cousins was from Spencer family - living in big red brick house just opposite Greasley Castle Farm and my father was friendly with owners. I was given the Rev Baron Von Hube book 'Griselia' as a 12 year old boy (now I'm almost 60) - which further fired my local 'explorations' and links with Greasley Castle Farm, in terms of 'Noon's Farm', from my boyhood, and Lawrences novel Mr. Noon. Likewise, when I was a boy, I made regular weekend visits (walking or cycling from my home near Beauvale Board School - also my childhood school) to Beauvale Priory. Always a little 'scared' to venture down the farm track - but well rewarded when I finally arrived. Later, I was forever trying to find (in my boyish naivety) medieval stained glass - a legacy of Lawrences lovely short story 'A Fragment of Stained Glass'. As I grew older I would venture further afield - again across open countryside, to Annesley Hall, and Newstead and to Discover the Byron/Charworth (Musters) connections. Whose family also tied in with my home on Mill Road.
Of course, in those childhood days of the 1950's and early 60's there was no housing, or other, development to block my Mill Road view. In summer, I would leave home early, and walk across the fields behind my home to Moorgreen reservoir, and round to Felley Mill, - or maybe cycle to Greasley Church and my cousins - going via 'New Road' - and returning to Newthorpe across Greasley fields - to my mothers family home (Stimpson) at Giltbrook, and grandmother Saxton. My mother was a Sunday School teacher, when a late teenager (and we are talking of pre-WW1) at Greasley. In some way (never quite sure how) we were related to the Noons as well as the Spencers.
From boyhood (and today) the area is noted for its rich red fertile soil - excellent for potato growing (still sold by the roadside beyond Greasley), and the vast variety of berries, wildlife, to be seen as I explored the woods (no M1 in those days) over to Annesley. (My first dog came from Annesley kennels). A good pack-horse trade route then to Oxton, Calverton and the (now) A46 Leicester/Newark/Lincoln road.
Dr John Poynter