Garth Collard
was born in Devon and graduated in history at Cambridge University. He taught history at Linton Village College from 1978 until his retirement in 2000. He has a special interest in local history and founded the Linton and District History Society in 1985. Over the years he has collected a great many documents and photographs of the Linton area, of which those published here are only a small fraction, and hopes to establish a permanent archive in the village for his collection.

Garth's Acknowledgements

I have received a great deal of help over the years from a wide variety of people and organisations. I am especially indebted to the Cambridgeshire Collection and the Antiquarian Society for allowing me to use an extensive range of photographs from their archives. Chris Jakes and his team have been extremely helpful.

For the text used with the photographs I am indebted to Mr R Stevens who has kindly given me access to materials from his extensive research into Linton history; to Iris and the late Frank Jeffery for their work on Linton housing; to the late George Seaman-Turner and Peter Taylor for their loans of photographs in the early years of my research; to the County Records Office; to Pembroke College, Cambridge, and their archivist Jane Ringrose; to Ian Stratford for permission to use his Hawkes & Co. pub photos of 1878; to Julian’s Photography for permission to use their photos of the 2001 floods; and to Aerofilms for allowing me to use their 1929 aerial view of Linton. The source of individual photographs are acknowledged below.

My sincere thanks are extended to the numerous local people whom I have interviewed and who have been kind enough to let me copy photographs of their family or of Linton. I am immensely grateful to the members of the Historical Society committee, in particular to Pat Genochio, Alex Todd, Frank Appleyard and Andrew Westwood-Bate for their support.

Finally I want to thank the Linton News and Norman Dann for all the sound advice and help they gave me in the preparation of this book. Without Norman’s expertise in scanning photographs and arranging the page layouts I would not have been able to produce this book. I would also like to thank Alan Judge, Gloria Fidler and Kate France for proofreading, and Sally Simmons for her professional advice and final edit. Of course any factual errors are mine and I am always grateful if members of the public point out my mistakes so that I can correct them later.

The free distribution of this book to all readers of The Linton News has been made possible by a generous grant from Local Heritage Initiative, a partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund and Nationwide Building Society.

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