The Basket

Blue plaques are no longer confined to City Streets.  Here’s the latest to appear in West Leake, commemorating the arrival of basketmaking as a new cottage industry two centuries ago.  You may remember I wrote a few months ago about our friend Ed visiting and discovering that his ancestor (another Ed) had been that entrepreneur….

‘It could be you’

It was like the parish-council scenes in the Vicar of Dibley. We sat round a trestle table by the tea urn at the back of 15th-century Lambley Parish Church.  They were dark autumn evenings, so we didn’t get the benefit of Lord Cromwell’s tall clear Perpendicular nave windows but instead peered at the easel supporting…