1:00pm Saturday 12th October 2013
EARLY 16th century life in Cradley will be the subject of a talk by local historian Margaret Bradley later this month.
It will be based on everyday life as reflected in medieval records which she has translated from Latin.
Mrs Bradley said: “Cradley is very fortunate in being one of a few manors to have records of its court going back this far and it was a labour of love for me to translate them from medieval Latin.
“They were almost destroyed by a fire at Hagley Hall in 1925 and the City of Birmingham purchased them from Lord Cobham in the 1980s to ensure that they stayed in this country.
“It's thrilling to be able to read documents that are 500 years old that refer to ancestors of the present inhabitants and to place names that are familiar to us today.
“I'm delighted that so many local people appreciate that cherishing their roots is a vital aspect of our present community life.'
The talk will be at the Overend Methodist Mission, Banners Lane, on Thursday October 24 at 7.30pm.
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