Local History Memories

Beginning in the early evening of the 25th October 2019, what started off as a typical spell of heavy rain started to become more sinister as the minutes ticked on. As the villagers of Norton In Hales went about their increasingly soggy evening little did they know wha...

A poem was recently discovered in the village that was written by Rev HM Townsend. Here are some words from Edward Gill describing his memories of him in the form of a correspondence with Ron Lucas, along with images of the poem.

"I remember the Rev.Townsend well, in fa...

About three years ago I put together a small book entitled ‘Portrait of A Village’ based on the Norton in Hales Women’s Institute Scrapbook. As I went through the Scrapbook I was surprised at how many times the name of Mary Keay was mentioned in connection with a multi...

A few words from Edward Gill:

"It is 79 years ago today – to the hour - since I, with my four brothers and two sisters with 50 other school children arrived at Norton in Hales as wartime evacuees from Manchester.   I think I am perhaps the only person left that was in t...

The following links are recordings from various people relating to the history of the village.

Mrs Bourne at 103 Years of age - A recording made by Edward Gill in 1984, when he took Mrs Bourne out in his car from Market Drayton to visit Betton and Norton in Hales. This...

Bill Ruston of Newcastle under Lyme has kindly added some wartime memories of Norton. A schoolboy at the time, he came to Betton every summer to help with the harvest and lived in a chicken hut!

Wartime Farming – A Visiting Wartime Schoolboy’s Memories

I have read with i...

Mary Keay has kindly provided the Norton website with a compilation of her memories of village life going back to the 1920s. She has a phenomenal memory, has obviously always been very observant, and, for her whole life, been a pillar of Norton social activity.

The Memo...

Joice was not an evacuee and was in London during the Blitz. However her mother became ill and she was invited to come and stay at Brand Hall, bringing her two daughters with her. When she recovered and returned to London some weeks later, Joice and her sister remained...

John Rathbone was born in the village in 1904 and, via scholarships that he won, gained a Degree in Chemistry at Manchester University, rose to be Deputy Director of Education in Manchester and was awarded an OBE. Quite an achievement for the times!

John Henry Rathbone...

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