The Ketton Village History site provides information and resources for the people of Ketton and other interested people. It is intended to be updated by the Ketton Village History Group, and other contributions will be most welcome. This includes oral histories and materials up to the present day, so that events are not forgotten.
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The next meeting is planned for March 2018. Date, time and location to be advised. All are welcome. You can bring along any pictures or artifacts that relate to the village, or just relate to the members your own memories. A token fee of £1 is charged to cover the cost of hiring the room.
Meeting of Ketton History Group - 13 November 2017
The meeting started with a discussion around two Dalby Directorys, 1937 & 1957. Comparisons were made between the two years on housing, population and trades.
It was found that in the 20 years the population had remained fairly static at around 1100, but the housing list had risen by 50%. It is possible that WW2 had impacted the population growth and the housing increase was a result of the political will to provide homes for those in need. The village was pretty much self sufficient with all the basic traders represented, unlike today.
There then followed an investigation into the 1841 & 1861 census as applied to Geeston and Aldgate, it was interesting to note that some family names can still be found in the village. As both places were predominantly housed with cottages offering limited accommodation, the size of the families living in them meant that in many cases large numbers of children would be occupying one room. A situation that prevailed well into the next century.
St. Mary's Home 1892 – 1944, the laundry aspect as well as the girls was discussed, there was much speculation upon why the girls were there as they had come from all over the country.
The next meeting will be in March 2018.Meeting reports