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I found this by following a link on the ‘Letters From Captivity’ website (reading the latest development is now an essential part of my early morning routine). Very interesting indeed. No mention of the lavatory arrangements at Hastings Farmhouse. I imagine that they were pretty basic, but the General had been on the Western Front and also Gallipoli, so he would doubtless have been used to such things!
Ruth Wheeler, the granddaughter of General Lucas is publishing the letters written by her grandfather to his wife during the period of his captivity from 26th June to 31st July 1920. The letters are being released to coincide with the centenary of the date on which they were written. View the website on https://chtl.co.uk/
My family and I used to visit the old couple who lived there when I was a little girl and they were always so kind to me. They even gave me a chicken to bring home and I was delighted with myself. I had the chicken for a couple of days and my dog killed it and I was devastated.
The reason the coffin is carried over the wall is because the fox would smell the body and follow the scent but would get confused when it would come to the wall and would it leave and the body would be safe. This tradition goes back to when coffins were just timber and some bodies were just buried in cloth. I know this because most of my Dad’s family and his relatives are buried there and so is my Dad. My Uncle explained this to us and said it was the way it was to be done when we buried my Dad and we carried his coffin over the wall and we did the same for my Uncle three weeks later.
Thank you Pauline. The Hastings Farmhouse restoration project will hopefully progress well this year. The photographic record of the house in the late 1960s is a fantastic asset and will be invaluable in the restoration and furnishing of the house.
It was great to visit and see how well the conversation project is progressing. The photographs are a great insight in times gone by. We (in Milltown Heritage, Galway), have a spinning wheel as part of our heritage collection and is great to see one part of a home setting.
Here in Shannon, both the Archaeological & Historical Society and Dúchas na Sionna are looking for forward to getting to know the Moycullen group, availing of your experience and sharing anything we have to offer. Perhaps in due course we can arrange exchange visits!
Wonderful to have such a reputable and vibrant group such as Shannon Archaeological and Historical Society join our Irish Community Archive Network ‘iCan family’. We look forward to being your ‘buddy group’ as we all work towards the aim of recording, protecting and sharing our local heritage.
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