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Book review: Yesterday’s Children: Bideford-on-Avon Remembered

Bidford on AvonThe Bidford History Society has recorded the social and human history of the village of Bidford-on-Avon in a well illustrated book of 134 pages. Bidford was located as a river crossing on the junction of Icknield Street and the main east-west road between Evesham and Stratford-upon-Avon, and has a history dating back to Roman times.

The book mainly covers the period from the 1920s to the 1960s, collated from the recollections of the inhabitants, plus written personal accounts, parish magazines and parish council minutes. The book forms an account of a resilient and friendly village through a time of change, from a largely self-contained agricultural community to present day.

Chapters cover the Village, House and Home, Earning a Living, Childhood, Time Off, Bidford at War and concludes with ‘Reflections’ on life in the village today. The dominant tone is unsentimental; life in Bidford in the thirties and forties was hard and lacking in the material comforts we take for granted today. The construction of a relief road, and loss of the railway station, secondary school and High Street shops, has transformed the village into a dormitory town. However the community spirit remains

Price £7.50

Written by: Rodney Crompton, Mike Gerrard, Roger Leese, Sandra Parker, Mark Shaddick, Wendy Shaddick. Published by: Bidford Publications, 2013.

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