A history through pictures
1919 For sale
1920 Tabernacle Anniversary
In years gone by the simple, old-
Whole families saved towards Christmas in this simple but effective manner. Starting in the first week of January, each family member would give their mother, father, grandparent or whoever was elected as treasurer, that weekly cash sum. It would be recorded in a simple notebook, and withdrawn and redistributed at an agreed date generally a couple of weeks before Christmas. How complicated is that? It has even been known for whole villages to adopt the Tontine method of Christmas saving.
Because it was an agreed (and affordable) weekly sum, everyone knew exactly how much they would have to save and therefore how much was due to them when the time came to cash in their savings.
Because there were numerous savers and everyone liked to know the other’s business, it was that much harder to fall off the wagon because everyone else would know!
You could buy your Christmas goodies with ‘real’ money and get the best value for your savings without paying a premium as you do with traditional Christmas Savings Clubs.
The New Black Horse (more commonly known as the Top Pub) is now sadly long gone as are Tontine Christmas Savings Clubs. The Top Pub has been replaced by a row of houses and the Tontine by credit cards! That’s progress!?
“On Monday last, Two little children, belonging to Mr. EDWARD WALMSLEY, Taylor, Rhostyllen, near Wrexham were unfortunately drowned in the river which flows down the vale of Bersham, past Felin-
The jury found a verdict of "accidental death by drowning, by walking over a plank substituted for a bridge crossing the Bersham river upon the 30th of December, 1856, which river runs over a road from the little Fownog to the Wrexham and Ruabon Turnpike road" -
“The eldest child was Mary Whomsley born Dec 1844. The youngest was Jane Whomsley born sometime in 1855 (no baptism record for her.) Both children of Edward and Jane Whomsley. The surname was spelt in various ways, depending on how the powers that be decided on it at the time, However, the spelling was settled on eventually and stayed as Whomsley” – Ann Evans
The incident was thought to have happened at the ford, near Little Fawnog. This is where the narrow plank over the river was believed to have been situated.