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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Comment by Jenny Itzcovitz on March 5, 2017 at 15:47

Hi Silverfox, that sounds very interesting to research. Best of luck with the new book. Keep us updated. Jenny :)

Comment by Silverfox on April 29, 2017 at 9:44

Hello Sixtyplusurfers

My latest book is published today and goes on sale as a paperback throughout the Amazon global sales network. It is more expensive than I would have wished due to the high printing costs of the interior colour photographs.

I hope it will inspire other retirees to write about their local area and to this end, I should be grateful if your support by requesting a copy from your local library. The ISBN number is 13 - 978 1542992909

I have posted a copy of the front cover, which is a recent photograph of Westgate processed through artistic filters to create the effect of a water colour painting.

Have a nice weekend


Comment by Jenny Itzcovitz on April 29, 2017 at 10:12

Hello Silverfox

The book sounds fabulous, what a beautiful front cover. Best of luck with it all. You must have had a fascinating time researching it and putting it all together. Jenny :)

Comment by HomeGirl on May 2, 2017 at 15:49

Good luck with your book!

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