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FOUR LIVES - Pioneer, Slave Owner, Poet, Schoolteacher

'Four Lives' by Jill E King - C.C.Publishing(Chester) ISBN: 978-0-949001 priced £9.95.

This month, March 2020, sees the publication of the fifth book by local writer and historian Jill King.

Each of the lives has strong connections to Cuddington, Sandiway and its environs and all with a very different story to tell.

In 1854 farm labourer, William Curwell, made the hazardous journey across the Atlantic to seek a better life and on his death in 1902 his impoverished family back home were to receive an unexpected windfall.

Attorney, Conrade Coulthurst, suddenly found himself the owner of 151 slaves on the island of Barbados. The Coulthurst family resided at Sandiway Cottage and are remembered at Whitegate Church on memorials inside and several impressive gravestones outside,

Young and talented poet, Joseph Humphreys, drew much of his inspiration from the landscape around 'Old Cuddington'.

120 years ago, schoolmistress, Catherine Anna Drowley, taught at Sandiway School for 35 years influencing the lives of a generation of local children but her life knew more than its fair share of personal tragedy.

This fascinating read from new, original research can be obtained at Handley's Newsagents or by contacting the author directly on 01606-888402  /  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by visiting the publisher's website -