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Flashback: with the BBC Bus

Horsley in the snow
Anne Priestly lets us peek though her photograph album. Enjoy looking back at fun times in Horsley.
Notice that the little boy is wearing shorts - phew, bit nippy eh?

Affectionately referred to as 'Wudhus' this little village nestles in the heart of Derbyshire near to Ilkeston.

Last year the title of Lord of the Manor of Horsley came up for auction. Ralph de Buron first took up the title at the end of the 11th century. The title didn't meet its reserve though so the village is still lordless (unless you're interested and have a few pennies in your back pocket).

We're not going back quite as far as the 11th century though, 1921 is our earliest flashback.

Anne Priestly 's pictures

This one is taken in 1921. It's the Horsley St Clement's Institute Childrens' Christmas party. Anne's not even a twinkle in the eye. But you can see her mum and all the other kids by clicking on the picture.

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  • Christmas party in 1921

This picture was taken in the summer of 1934. It's the Horsley Tennis Club. A bit of time out in a field at the bottom of Church Hill. No 100 mph serves in those days! Anne remembers their pavilion was an old railway carriage. The group finished playing just before the Second World War.
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  • New balls please

Anne and her friends made their own Maypole in 1941 and went from door to door entertaining the villagers.

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  May Day in Horsley

Taken during the long winter of 1941. Anne's in the middle here and aged 14 at the time. Click the image to see the larger picture and more of village children in the snow.

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  Anne and some of the village kids in 1947

Another May Day, this time in the 1970s. Click to see the whole picture.

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  May day in the 70s

1977 and it's Jubilee year. On the village green some of the children are planting a tree.

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  May day in the 70s

Your comments on this story

david i have no idea how to contact you in Canada maybe tha administrators would be kind enough to give you my email address.
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Darren May

Darren, kind of curious to know who you are, I grew up in Horseley and my Nans name was Glennis, I think I may know you, but, I can't leave an email address, so, hopefully you can find me online in Canada
David Symcox

Seems strange to see the name Symcox on here as it is my mothers name. She too is from Horsley along with the rest of the family.
Darren May. Surrey

If memory serves me correctly, I think we planted at the strip of grass right next to the school building.
David S Canada

I dont think the tree is being planted on the village green in that pic. Might be behind the village hall by the shed. H Read is right about the wudhus business too.
Mr x

I recognise myself,Iam in the middle behind the sign and standing behind the right shoulder of the girl with the flowery dress. I'm wearing a white t shirt and look more like a girl than a boy (70's fashion, what can I say). I was 5 years old at the time and do seem to remember an Andy Cooper.
David Symcox, Canada

Do you have any names for the Jubilee picture. I think my little brother may be sitting on the floor second from the left.
[Sorry, Andrew, we don't... but maybe other people might recognise some of the faces in the photo - Ed.)

A Cooper, formerly of Horsley

I'm afraid Horsley is not affectionally known as Wudhus - that is Horsley Woodhouse, which is a short way up Lady Lea Road. A common mistake, and very annoying to Horsley residents!
H Read, formerly of Horsley

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