Remember Markyate, Flamstead and Trowley
by Reg. A Nelsey & Rosslyn French
Published by Barracuda
From the Book Jacket
Noone remembered Markyate and its neighbours, Flamstead and Trowley, better or more eloquently than builder and funeral director Reg Nelsey. Now the stories he told about the people and places of yesteryear have been woven into a colourful tapestry of the past. Here is the story of these Hertfordshire villages, a turn-of-the-century description in detail of what was a typical High Street of the time, coupled with a wealth of anecdotes, folk-memories and informed observations.
Here is the dialect of the district, fluent, funny and very much to the point - plus a glossary which unravels some of the terms no longer in use today.
Reg Nelsey's daughter, Rosslyn French, introduces her father's narrative with a brisk but comprehensive scene-setting look at the more distant past of these settlements. She has also collected over 100 splendid pictures of the 'good old days' which enhance the text.
Remember Markyate, Flamstead & Trowley is a veritable feast of recollection, research and irreverent humour, that will entertain villagers and visitors alike, and throw much light on the English country community and its inhabitants of 80 years ago.
Tew a Happy Noo Year
Setting the Scene
Reg Nelsey Writes
The Fire Brigade
Flamstead and Trowley Bottom
My Friend Jack
|September 2012||Virtually complete rewrite|