Dear Stapleford History GroupMy name is Paul Rawlings & I write from Perth, Australia.I am descended from the Rawlings family that lived in Stapleford in the late 1700’s until the mid 1800’sMy ancestor Luke Rawlings built Dormer Cottage at 5 Bar Lane & operated the local windmill. We are also descended from the Willis family (Robert Willis built several smock windmills in the area including the restored one at Fulbourn and the demolished one in Stapleford) as Luke married Rebecca Willis from next door (7 Bar Lane)!I am hoping to visit the UK possibly next year & a visit to Stapleford will be a must.I was hoping to find out as much as I can about the family & life in the village at that time – my mother Sylvia has visited the village in the past & has previously spoken to Alan Bullwinkle about the family. I’m sure he would remember her.I am also interested in the 50 or so people who left the village in 1850 & travelled to Victoria (of their own free will!).Would you be able to point me in the right direction, in particular any books on the village history?I would also like to become a member of your group so would appreciate you sending an application form etc.Many thanksPaul & Christine Rawlings
Welcome to the website of the Stapleford History Society
Stapleford History Society was formed with the aim of promoting public interest in local heritage. The group meets on alternate months throughout the year to hear a range of talks of local and more general historical interest.
A comprehensive archive of material, covering diverse aspects of village life during the earlier part of the 20th century, was kindly donated to the Society. A sub group of members regularly meet with the aim of cataloguing, and digitising, all of the data.
The following email was received from Australia from Mr Rawlings after visiting the History Society website