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Barwicker 2
June 1986

In the last edition of the Barwicker, Sadie Healey suggested that Barwick Feast might have been held on All Saints Day. Confirmation of this has appeared in a statement by the rector of Barwick, Canon Hope, in the Endowed Charities Report (1899) of the Charities Commission, that Barwick Feast was held on All Saints Day, the first Sunday in November.

So we know when it was held, and where it was held between the wars (Potterton Close). But, apart from the distribution of doles, what else happened at Barwick Feast? We should like to know. We have received a letter from Jack Reed, a member of an old Barwick family, now living in Andover, Hants. He has given us some further details of Barwick Feast, which we hope to publish in a future edition.

Our readers will know of the exploits of Douglas Bader, the legless pilot of the second world war. His story is told in the book, later the film, "Reach for the Sky". There is little detail however about his early days. It has been reported that he spent some of his childhood in Barwick rectory. Have any of our readers any knowledge of this?

At the programme of slides of old Aberford in March, we saw s photograph of the flooding of the Cock Beck near to Aberford bridge. This occurred in May 1932 and it was stated to have been the worst in living memory. There was three feet of water in some of the houses. Such severe flooding must have affected Barwick to some extent, if not in the village, at least on the roads leading from it. Can anyone remember anything about this, or indeed any other natural or man-made local disaster?

Can any of our readers supply us with information concerning a Victorian novel called "Amy Thornton or the Curate of Barwick"? This is a story about the Barwick workhouse in the eighteenth century. Members are on the trail of this elusive novel, and we should welcome any help from our readers.

In the inventory on page 22, there are four terms that readers might find puzzling. They are:

huslements, mast fatt, gul1efatt and tearses.

We think we know the meaning of two of these. What about you? If readers have any information on the above topics, we should be glad if they would contact the editor.
( Answers in Barwicker No.4.)

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