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The First World War saw 65 men (and one woman) from the area join the armed forces, mostly the Army but also the Navy and Royal Flying Corp. Of these,15 died (23%). This booklet is a record of the war as seen by the parishioners at the time, in date order and in the language, grammar and sometimes spelling of the period. The text is from the Parish Magazine, written by the vicar, Canon Leonard Cooley and is unedited which gives an interesting insight into the thinking of the time, from a social history view point.

Canon Cooley was the vicar of Witham parish (including Manthorpe, Toft and Lound) from 1900 -1945. He lived in the vicarage at Witham and had a finger in nearly every pie in the parish, with hardly any committee formed without him. He hosted tennis parties at his home, played cricket for the Parish Team, was a frequent visitor to "the Hall" and was a well known local figure

Historical Notes are given between entries, with lots of other research, press cuttings, posters and records of the time.


A hard, spiral bound A4 colour copy is available on a print to order basis at £7.50 (plus £2.50 P&P, if not collecting) or an electronic version is available for £5, on CD Rom or memory stick.

To order a copy please contact Peter Cork on 01778 590204 - messages can be left, or email peterjcork@hotmail.co.uk leaving your name and address, telephone number and email.

All profits go to Witham-on-the-Hill Historical Society, to which cheques should be made payable. C/o Bantry House, Manthorpe, Bourne, Lincs, PE10 0JE.

Witham-on-the-Hill Historical Society has produced several other publications. Including "A History of Manthorpe, Toft and Lound" and "A Short History of St Andrew's Church Witham-on-the-Hill". Both are attached as PDF files for you to read and hopefully enjoy. There is no charge for this, but any donations to the WOTH Historical Society would be gratefully received. Hard copies are also available - these are printed A4 size and mounted in comb binders, see attached photos and prices below.

A History of Manthorpe, Toft and Lound

This 75 page booklet, is an attempt to gather into one place all the historical information contained in the many files and bundles of records, notes, photographs, postcards, books and personal research in the archive of Witham-on-the-Hill Historical Society concerning the three villages of Manthorpe, Toft and Lound.

We have tried to include items to make it an interesting read, wherever possible, given only information from before the 1970s in order not to invade the privacy of current residents.

We hope you find in this small publication a mix of very local history, social history observations and a few items to make you say “Well, I never knew that”.

A hard copy of the booklet, printed A4 size and mounted in a comb binder can be obtained from Sue or Peter Cork for £7.50.

Alternatively, if you want to print off your own copy, we can bind the pages for a £1 charge.

A Short History of St Andrew's Church Witham-on-the-Hill
This booklet, written by Dave Mainwaring, is a 17 page guide to the history of the church and contains a number of colour photographs. It is designed to be read while walking around the church - first round the outside of the building and then inside the church - and provides information and background history on what can be seen there.
A laminated copy will be placed in the church, for visitors to use and enjoy, once the renovation work is complete.
If you would like your own hard copy of the booklet, printed on A4 card and mounted in a comb binder, these can be obtained from Sue or Peter Cork for £5 each.

Alternatively, if you want to print off your own copy, we can bind the pages for a £1 charge.

The PDF version of the document also contains an appendix  giving information from the Lincolnshire County Archives & other sources which was used in preparing the booklet and which we hope you will find interesting. The appendix is not included in the hard copy of the booklet.
To order a hard copy of either publication or make a donation to the WOTH Historical Society, please contact Sue or Peter Cork at Bantry House, Manthorpe, tel 01778 590204, e-mail
suecork8@hotmail.co.uk. Cheques should be made payable to "Witham-on-the-Hill Historical Society".