February 1, 2024

January 2024

A short way down Station Road from the traffic lights we find a general store on the east side. It is the 1970’s and Heinz baked beans are 7p per can and a jar of marmalade 12 ½ p. This shop was popular
January 1, 2024

December 2023

This is one of the oldest photographs in the collection, taken in the 1890s. It shows village life with two women chatting (one holding a well wrapped baby) and children gathered – probably playing
December 2, 2023

November 2023

Here is a photo taken on Berrycroft, almost opposite Berrycroft stores. The men (and child) are passing the time of day outside R. Smith’s Tobacco Shop – a small wooden building fronting onto the
November 1, 2023

October 2023

This is the Willingham Tabernacle Baptist Church – date unknown. It resided on the same site as the current modern building that replaced it in 1980s. The original “strict” Baptist church was opposite,
October 2, 2023

September 2023

Here is a lovely picture you may have seen before. Set around 1900 it shows an idyllic country scene with barn and well-trimmed thatched cottage. The woman carries a heavy wicker basket in her right hand
September 4, 2023

August 2023

You might struggle to place this picture - it is Long Pond in 1960’s. The photographer is on Schole Road looking towards what is now the Pyrethrum Way development. Rampton Rd. is barely more than a
August 1, 2023

July 2023

The Old Church Hall on Church St. was built around 1890 in the grounds of the Rectory (now Willingham House). In the 1990’s it was sold and converted into private house. It never really worked as a
August 1, 2023

June 2023

A very quiet day at the village pond nearly 100 years ago – perhaps early morning. People today often say how nice it would be to have a village pond but, in reality, this was not picturesque. The problem
June 1, 2023

May 2023

Well, of course, this month has to be a coronation picture. There are a number to choose from over the years but this is the most spectacular - a parade for the Coronation of George V on June 22nd 1911.
May 2, 2023

April 2023

Willingham has few old cottages. Many were lost to fire but many were just demolished to build something “better”. To be fair, they were often quite dilapidated and in a time when heritage was less