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I realise that I have grown lazy and have not put any amendments to Book 2 of Ringstead People which I have found since it was printed.

The Unity Co-operative

In the piece on the Unity Co-operative Society I was a little vague as to the date of the fire which destroyed the factory. I believe that later editions of the Northampton Mercury have been added to the British Newspaer Archive website and on 3rd June 1921 it reported that the fire was on the morning of Tuesday 31st May 1921.


The Cycling Revolution

In the chapter on the “Cycle Revolution” I told of the story of Ellen or Vinnie Warren who lost control of her bicycle down Raunds Hill and crashed into a dray. She died soon after and her gravestone is in the Cemetery.

As I could not find any details of a local bicycle shop I had assumed that she had hired her bike from Raunds or Thrapston. Jon Abbott, however, after speaking to Reg Hackney has revealed on the Ringstead Heritage Group’s Facebook page that there was a bicycle shop in Ringstead High Street opposite the Co-operative Stores. The shop has long gone and is the site of the Council Houses. The shop was set up by John Gaunt, a former shoemaker, between 1901 and 1911. In 1901, however, John was working from home at 22 Carlow where he also kept up his trade as a shoe rivetter. He was It seems almost certain that it was from here that Ellen Warren hired her bike on that fateful day.

For more information see the chapter on the Cycling Revolution in the list on the left and the Facebook Page of the Ringstead Heritage Group written by Jon.

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