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John Harold Worley

Although associated with the village of Asfordby (Leicestershire) for most of his life, John Worley actually lived there only from 1905 until he left to go to Leeds Training College in 1922, where he specialised in history. He commenced teaching in Manchester, later moving to Spalding in Lincolnshire, where he subsequently became headmaster of the Willesby Boys' School. He retired to Swanage in Dorset, where he died in 1990.

His love of Asfordby is obvious in his writing; his astute observations and memory quite remarkable, and his deep desire to preserve this period of history through his recollections shines through.

In his daily life, when a youth, he came into contact with everyone in the village, from the richest to the poorest and he recalls the daily life of almost all of them in his book Asfordby 1905–1922: Memories of a Leicestershire village.

The author's daughter, Audrey Joyce Baker, collaborated with Heart of Albion Press to enable her father's manuscript and collection of old photographs to be published posthumously.

 

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