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Tollerton: A Village History
Tollerton Village History Group
ISBN: 978.1.906542.75.7
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Tollerton has changed immensely from the record in  the Domesday Book of 1086 when the name of the village was transcribed as Troclaveston and there were but a mere 20 households, two mills, a church and the manor.

From the early 1800s through to the early 1900s one finds it is steeped In history with elements of intrigue, mystery and scandal. In the 1800s there was the eccentric squire, Pendock Barry, at Tollerton Hall whose behaviour at times was nothing short of bizarre. The fractious relationship between the squire and later his son, with the Rector that resulted in an empty church. Such were some of the events in the village that they made the international press – like when Thomas Duke, a gardener and parish clerk, poisoned his wife and was sentenced to 20 years penal servitude and the rector who was sentenced to six weeks hard labour for fraud and found himself at Bagthorpe Prison.

Countless people in the past have shared their experiences of everyday life in the village. This book revisits numerous accounts and gives us a real flavour of what life was once like in the village. Tales of hard times when residents had no electricity, gas and mains water supply.  Other recollections about when the village was home to thousands of troops and had a prisoner of war camp give us real insights into what it was like to live here during World War 2, with a constant stream of military planes in and out of the airfield. A time when a local farmer had to relinquish his land to accommodate the American Paratroopers prior to the Invasion of Europe.

Tollerton has always been, and remains, a village with a strong community spirit. It is a place where so many residents have given of their time willingly to provide an endless stream of recreational activities and annual events. Petanques, rambling, V.E. celebrations, WI, cricket, scarecrow building... we have had them all and many more too. In the words of one of our former residents some 60 years ago:  Life in Tollerton village 50 years ago was peaceful and muddy, and very, very English. It was a privilege to be here then, and it is a privilege to be here now.

This publication is a celebration of our history and heritage and is made all the more poignant by the accounts and memories of those who have lived here over 60 years ago; all of whom have influenced and shaped the village over time to make it what it is today.

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