Baxterley Village

1930 to 1949

CORONATION CELEBRATION BONFIRE 1936

George VI was crowned the new King.
Celebrations took place all over the country with Baxterley having an enormous bonfire.

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  • CORONATION CELEBRATION BONFIRE 1936

    George VI was crowned the new King.
    Celebrations took place all over the country with Baxterley having an enormous bonfire.

  • VIEW ACROSS THE COMMON 1930's

    The pit offices are the only remaining buildings surviving.

  • MAIN ROAD c. 1930

    View along Main Road showing the Institute on the left and a horse and cart waiting outside the blacksmiths.

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    BAXTERLEY BOWLING CLUB

    The Bowling Green is opposite the Rose Inn behind the Old Hall Gatehouse – Baxterley Old Hall was demolished in the 19th century. Do you know the person in the photo?

  • BENTLEY HALL FARM c. 1930

    In the days before tractors the harvest was brought in using horse and binder.
    The farm was owned by the Wathes family.

  • BENTLEY HALL FARM

    Gathering the harvest before the combine harvester became popular.

  • BAXTERLEY WINDMILL

    Mid 1930s picture. Located on the corner of the common and Windmill lane

  • ATTRACTIVE ILLUSTRATION OF THE WINDMILL

    The right hand one by Tom Griffiths

  • BAXTERLEY AT WAR

    Derek Land
    Harry and Arnie Land who had 3 sons and 1 daughter lived at Ivy Bank Cottage which is between the Smithy and Ivy Bank.
    Two of their sons Geoffrey and Derek were sadly killed within 7 months of each other in WWII. Derek, aged 19 was killed in the intense fighting that took place in France soon after D-Day during an advance on the river Seine.

  • BAXTERLEY AT WAR

    Geoffrey Land
    The Land Brothers are both honoured on the Baxterley church war memorial. Mrs. Land will be remembered for selling poppies around Baxterley for many years in support of the British Legion.
    Geoffrey died aged 19 in Italy during the successful crossing of the Garigliano River during the German winter ‘defensive’ known as the ‘Gustav Line’ 21st January 1944.

  • BAXTERLEY AT WAR

    John ‘Jack’ Clay.

    Jack Clay was the brother of Mary Hewitt and one of the fortunate to return from WWII. Jack inlisted in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in March 1940. Later he joined the Army Air Corps and finally the Parachute Regiment in April 1943. He was captured during the invasion of Sicily after being dropped short of the target.

  • BAXTERLEY AT WAR

    Albert Clay

    Sergeant Albert Clay, son of Bert Clay, Old Cottages Baxterley.

    Albert joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1937 as a regular soldier. He was postetd to India in 1938 and served in the Far East until 1946. Albert took part in the Burma campaign and was awarded the Burma Star.

  • BAXTERLEY AT WAR

    Peter Mulford.
    Peter served in the 47th Royal Marine Commandos in Singapore.
    Peter was given a bottle of whiskey by Lord Mounbatten to celebrate the end of WWII.
    He presently resides in Baxterley with his wife Pat.

  • BAXTERLEY AT WAR

    Pat Mulford

    Pat, Peter Mulford’s wife worked for the ATS corps in Guildford during WWII. Her job entailed making sure the soldiers got paid.

  • BAXTERLEY AT WAR

    Frank Williams
    Frank joined the Royal Artillery and served in France Belgium and Germany including the ‘Falaise Gap’ where several thousand crack German troops were either killed or captured.
    Before the War Frank married a Baxterley girl named Letisha Smallwood. During the War his wife and daughter lived at the Old Hall Yard with her parents.

  • BRITAIN AT WAR c. 1940

    With the threat of invasion troops were mobilised throughout the country.
    Here you can see tanks travelling through Atherstone.

  • WARTIME WEDDINGS

    Cecil Mitchell was called up in October 1939 and served as a Bombardier in the Royal Artillery during the entire War. He married on leave during the war to Nancy Wood on 22nd February 1941.

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