Last week in one of those inspirational moments, I casually put “Kirdford” in the search on Ebay, about 20 items returned, including various postcard views of the village, two flats and a house on Bourne Meadows for half a million (I did wonder who would buy a house on Ebay, and would they click the ‘buy it now’ and pay by PayPal).
Also in the results was an old magazine from 1936 called The Farmers Home, the front page was a beautiful picture of a Mr Hook, collecting faggots for his winter fires. I had to have this, duly bid the £3.50 and won it. So for a fiver, I now have this antique magazine with a man from Kirford on the front cover.
Now the following questions are going through my mind:
- Who was Mr Hook?
- When was he born?
- When did he die?
- What did he do in between?
- Where did he live?
- Does he have any descendants still living in the village?