Stepping into town’s past

TAKE a tour of Frank s ladies garments store in the Market Square, or learn the identity of the Eatons Witch in a new DVD that explores the history and people of St Neots. Produced over an eight-month period by Southoe resident Angela Saward, the St Neots

TAKE a tour of Frank's ladies garments store in the Market Square, or learn the identity of the Eatons Witch in a new DVD that explores the history and people of St Neots.

Produced over an eight-month period by Southoe resident Angela Saward, the St Neots DVD traces the history of the town from the 1800s to the 1960s.

The 40-minute film includes black and white photographs of events held in the town, right up to showing people lining the streets to see the carnival in the 1960s. There are also photographs of men queuing in the Market Square during a World War I recruitment drive.

In addition, viewers are given a whistle-stop tour of the High Street and Market Square, passing Browns the butchers, the Fox and Hounds pub, Forscutts shoe shop and Plum's café.


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Another section explores the history of St Neots Corn Exchange, which was built in 1863 for £4,000 and sold to St Neots Urban Council in 1914 for £1,800.

The faces of famous St Neots people are also brought to life, including Squire Rowley who died in 1938, the town's board of guardians who held their last meeting in 1930, and the St Neots Quads, born in 1935.

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"This new DVD allows people to reminisce back through time," said Mrs Seward. "The journey takes people through the 1914-1918 war with the St Neots Local Volunteer Defence Force, to the years when the town was flooded.

"The pictures have been carefully restored and computer wizardry allows the viewer 'to look inside' the pictures and see the town and its people from times past."

INFORMATION: The DVD costs £12 and is available from Barretts in St Neots, St Neots Museum, Brittains in St Neots or Golden Days Productions on 01480 477292 or e-mail goldendays01@aol.com

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