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After the mobile library service closed down, members of the Dallington Old School village hall committee decided to start up a weekly community library cafe to fill the gap. (You can read more about this here

Photo of 1921 loans book

A little while later, when clearing out a cupboard in the Snooker Room which had been badly affected by damp in the past due to an old leak in the ceiling, we found a small collection of books almost entirely covered in mould and some of which had also been nibbled by mice (or very large bookworms). We knew that the hall had once served as a Reading Room, and were delighted to find a small note book which had clearly been used to record book loans in 1921. I took it home to try to clean it up – a few days in the freezer to kill the mould spores, and a careful wipe with a cloth, and I was able to photograph all the pages to enable us to do some further research.

I was intending to give a talk for the Local History society about what I’d found out about the regular borrowers and what they were reading in 1921, but that was cancelled due to Covid. So as part of this year’s National Village Halls Week, which is celebrating 100 years of village halls, I thought I’d post a very short introduction to the Reading Room and what our forebears were reading 100 years ago. You can read it here

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From Julia Mackintosh (nee YORK) October 2011:
I have been tracing my YORK family tree for some time and have found that the family settled in Dallington for a number of years. The children of Thomas YORK (1659?) and Susannah Blackman are all mentioned in a tenement analysis of the village:
Thomas YORK (1697-1761) lived in Graylings stores in 1726,
John YORK (1699-1748) (my direct ancestor) lived at Christmas Farm in 1745. I think that he was a bricklayer.
Benjamin YORK (1706-1747) is listed as living at the Old Manor 1740, following his father Thomas.
Does anyone know of any information about the bricklaying trade in the village or of any other information about the York family? Or about any of these buildings – do they all exist today?
I would love to hear from you.Many thanks, Julia (

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