Harry Shickle

Herrington Heritage group has put together and published some fragments of a diary kept by Harry Shickle, the road man of this district, between 1897 and 1936. The entries he made, together with other events added, give a glimpse into the village and its inhabitants at the time when he traversed the roads busy about his work. Some of the names will be recognised by readers today but the picture presented in the diary is one that would have been known to our grandparents and great-grandparents where local happenings had more impact upon their lives than the outside world. The diary presents us with a fascinating glimpse into that world and causes one to muse upon our forbears and the passage of time.

Added to the diary is an account written by James Allen of West Herrington which he called “A Sentimental Journey through the Herringtons”. It is a description that enables the reader to imagine a nostalgic walk through the villages as they were in the 1960s.

Copies are available for £3 and £1.50 postage. Please ring 0191 5220517