A Tale of Two Staffordshire Women's Institutes, by Meryl Mattey - £5.00
A history of Hamstall Ridware and Mavesyn Ridware Women's Institutes, which are now combined to form The Ridwares Women's Institute
Ridware Soldiers of the First World War, by Helen Sharp - £7.50
Armitage with Handsacre Soldiers of the First World War, by Roy Fallows - £7.50
recorded on the villages’ war memorials have been researched. Also men who survived the war were traced
through relatives and their stories told.
Mavesyn Ridware Schools 1887 – 1995: Extracts from the Log - £10.00 published 2012
The log books for the Mavesyn Ridware schools recorded significant events that occurred in the school. Helen Sharp, a former teacher at Henry Chadwick School and a member of the Ridware Study Group, had the opportunity to review the log books before they were sent to Staffordshire Record Office.This publication includes extracts from the log books which give an insight into local, social and educational history.
The Embellishment of the Trinity Aisle at St Nicholas Church, Mavesyn Ridware, 1810 - 1816, by Mark Eades - £7.50.ublished 2013. In the early years of the 19th century, Charles Chadwick undertook extensive work on the Trinity Aisle at the Parish Church of St Nicholas to convert it into a mortuary chapel for his Mavesyn and Cawarden ancestors.
This fully illustrated publication, written by Mark Eades, complements existing guidebooks to the Church by providing the historical context and intention behind its conception.
Mavesyn v Handsacre: The Skirmish by the River Trent - £5.00, published June 2010.
There is a local legend that on the eve of the Battle of Shrewsbury in July 1403, Sir Robert Mavesyn, a supporter of the King, and Sir William Handsaker, a supporter of Hotspur, met and fought on the banks of the Trent. Handsaker was killed and Mavesyn continued to Shrewsbury, where he too was killed. Members of the Ridware Study Group researched the facts behind the legend and report their findings.
The Lords of the Manor of Mavesyn Ridware 1797-1897 - £5.00, published February 2010
The story of the Chadwick family was begun by the Rev Stebbing Shaw in The History and Antiquities of Staffordshire, published in the late 18th century. Mark Eades concludes the story of the Chadwick family from the profligacy of the late 18th century through to bankruptcy at the end of the following century.
The Derrys of Hill Ridware: Men of Many Parts - £5.00, published December 2009
The Derrys worked in many capacities throughout the Ridwares in the 19th and 20th centuries. They were handymen, builders, farmers, blacksmiths, carpenters and undertakers. They kept meticulous records of their activities and Ridware Study Group have analysed these records and documented the history of the family and their many activities.
The High Bridges: Crossing the River Trent between Handsacre and Ridwares - £5.00, published December 2006
There has been a crossing of the River Trent between Mavesyn Ridware and Handsacre since earliest times. Originally, the crossing was a ford across the river and this was subsequently replaced by a series of bridges.
This Study Group publication explains the history of the series of bridges over the River Trent and their significance to the local developing communities, the economy and to the travelling public.
The Ridwares – A Brief History for the Millennium - £5.00
Published to celebrate the beginning of the third millennium, this 68 page document gives a brief illustrated history of each the four Ridwares (Hamstall, Pipe and Mavesyn - which includes Hill Ridware and Blithbury
Also included are the personal reminscences of a number of residents, whose memories stretch back to the First World War
Not so Dusty – Well Brushed - £5.00
Ken Hammond grew up at Priory Farm in Blithbury in the 1930s. This publication is his memoir of growing up between the two world wards. It is full of images, such as the farmer riding a boar, or the donky that disgraced itself at the local hunt and includes contemporary photographs.
The final page is a fascinating reproduction of an article from a 1931 edition of the Staffordshire Advertiser describing 'A Picturesque Farm - Blithbury Priory'.
This publication will delight anyone with an interest in a vanished way of rural life.
A Survey of the Parish of Mavesyn Ridware 1832***
This booklet provides a comprehensive record of 612 separate plots of land that constituted the 2,318 acres of the Parish in 1832. Each plot is named and its area is recorded in acres, roods and perches. The owner and occupier of each plot is also shown.
Mavesyn Ridware Field Names***
This booklet follows on from the 1832 Survey and using a document ‘Agreement for the Commutation of Tithes for the Parish of Mavesyn Ridware – 1838’ charts the agricultural development of the Parish. Included is a glossary of field names (a fascinating insight into the derivation of today’s names), and a number of detailed maps illustrating the development.
A study of the enclosure of agricultural land in the parishes of Hamstall Ridware and Mavesyn Ridware with particular reference to the Inclosure Acts of 1806 and 1815
Notes for a History of Blithbury Priory***
This small booklet contains a transcript of a summary of the history of Blithbury Priory produced in 1924 by the Reverend D R S Holmes, Rector of Colton.
The Priory at Blithbury – a Brief History***
This booklet was produced in 1991 and is a companion to the above produced by the Reverend D R S Holmes.
(If purchased together, the previous two publications cost a total of £3.00)
Anyone wishing to buy any of the publictions should contact David Smith - details on Contact Us page.
***The publications indicated are now out of print. They can be supplied to anyone interested on a 'print of demand' basis - please contact David Smith for more details.