For the past 12 months, I've been working on a literary project, which a kind of past and present appraisal of the historic parts of Worksop, close to where my wife and I reside at Grove Court. The idea first came to me two years ago when we met a couple on a Caribbean cruise who run a motor garage just a few hundred yards from our apartment block. They explained that the area round about is steeped in history, so last year I began some research and now my project is nearing completion. The finished work will be published in a book entitled 'In and Around Westgate'. It has been a lot of work, but it has kept me very busy and I have met some amazing people who have supported my investigations and made some remarkable contributions.
It's amazing what many of us don't know about the area where we live, I've discovered murder stories, secret underground tunnels, ghostly tales, and much more. I visited a nearby pub last Sunday and during the week I found out that in 1888, the landlord of the day faced a public order prosecution for running a brothel.
I have explored some amazing old buildings, one of which is now a ladies gown and accessory shop and was once a hotel and the branch of a Sheffield Bank. I have explored the building and found the vault that still has the original bank safe going back to the nineteenth century. The part of the building that was once a hotel, there is an arched balcony where a maid committed suicide after becoming pregnant by one of the hotel guests. The hotel closed in the 1960s and some of the last guests included The Beatles & Cilla Black.
I'm hoping that this idea might catch on with other Sixtyplusurfers who might be inspired to write something similar about the area where they live. Local libraries have loads of material locked away and they are extremely helpful in supporting local history research.
You'll be amazed at what you will discover, as there is history almost anywhere. I've climbed church towers, visited historic cellars and discovered amazing wall paintings in a disused mortuary and chapel of rest.
If anyone is interest and would like some help as to getting started and then how to get published, please don't hesitate to let me know.
Have a nice day
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