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Alec’s Mardles paperwork a century of life in Trimingham

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September 20, 2022, 5:32 p.m



From the arrival of electrical energy to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, virtually a century of life in a north Norfolk village has been documented in a guide written by its oldest man.

Alec Reynolds was born in Trimingham in 1926 and has lived within the city all his life.

For the previous ten years, he has contributed his reminiscences in a characteristic known as Alec’s Mardle to the city’s month-to-month e-newsletter, the Trimingham Publication.

Now these ‘mardles’ – an outdated Norfolk phrase which means casual chat – have been collected in a guide, revealed in July, taking a look at historic village life.




Alec Reynolds’ guide about his life, at his residence in Trimingham.
– Credit score: Denise Bradley

Mr Reynolds mentioned: “The largest change was seeing water coming in from the village.

“Years in the past all of us had a village pump.

“And electrical energy, which got here in 1935.”

Then Mr. Reynolds and his pals would go to a dairy farm, one of many first locations within the city to get electrical energy, and watch in amazement as the sunshine got here on.


Alec Reynolds with his Ford Popular car.

Alec Reynolds along with his Ford Standard automotive.
– Credit score: Alec Reynolds

Mr Reynolds was born in The Buildings, now often called Coastguard Cottages.

When he was 4 and a half he went to Trimingham Main College, having began a couple of months earlier as a result of his older sister Daphne wouldn’t go to highschool with out him.


16 year old Alec Reynolds.

16 12 months outdated Alec Reynolds.
– Credit score: Alec Reynolds

The varsity closed when he was 5 and he later went to Overstrand College.

He left faculty on the age of 13 and began working as a farmer. On the age of 37 he obtained a job with Norfolk County Council highways, working his approach as much as crew chief.

He retired on the age of 65.

He joined the Trimingham Parish Council on the age of 35, and was chairman for a time.

In 1946 he married Margaret, who had been a land woman in Trimingham. They lived in a home on the cliff earlier than shifting to Lilac Cottage in Church Avenue in 1956, the place they’ve been ever since.


Alec Reynolds' wife Margaret when she left the Army in 1946.

Alec Reynolds’ spouse Margaret when she left the Military in 1946.
– Credit score: Alec Reynolds


Alec Reynolds and his wife Margaret on their Golden Wedding Anniversary with their dog Sam.

Alec Reynolds and his spouse Margaret on their Golden Marriage ceremony Anniversary with their canine Sam.
– Credit score: Alec Reynolds

Mr Reynolds mentioned: “I am very glad to suppose that I’ve lived in the identical city all my life and that individuals have come to know what I’ve carried out.”

The guide is revealed with the assistance of city archivist Dot Bradley and printed by Patrick Carpmael.

Mrs Bradley mentioned: “I really like historical past so I believe it is good for individuals to examine what life was like earlier than it was all digital and modernised.”

Alec’s Mardle nonetheless options month-to-month within the Trimingham Publication.

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