As you know, cities and towns all over the country are devising ways of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War in November this year. In Stalbridge, the Stalbridge History Society is putting together an Exhibition which has an extra dimension. Not only will we celebrate the ending of the War but we will also be looking in some detail at what life was like for the people of Stalbridge at that time.
Lord Stalbridge decided to put almost all of Stalbridge up for sale on September 3rd and 4th 1918. The catalogue of the sale, produced by Knight, Frank and Rutley, listed all the buildings and land in some detail, including their tenants or lessees and the amount of rent payable. We also know who bought each lot, and the price paid. Using all that information and the 1911 Census, we will be providing a comprehensive snapshot of life in Stalbridge at the end of the war.
The Exhibition will be at Stalbridge Hall and will run from 1st to 4th September and not only will it be of particular interest to those living in Stalbridge now, but, also for many of those from the surrounding area who had ancestors or distant relatives living in the town in 1918.
This free event with displays that are not just informative, but, designed to encourage and engage so we can grow this collection by gathering your shared stories, photos and documents. Not only will equipment be available to aid this, but, we will have access to subscription websites for further investigation and discovery during the exhibition.
With refreshments available, we aim to make this enjoyable and relaxed so you’ll visit more than once. To find out more take a look at www.facebook.com/StalbridgeHistory/