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Local history in the making

The Three Holes Village Hall and Playing Field Committee is aiming to build on village records compiled over the years at its own previous events and in the book ‘Three Holes, Portrait of a Village’ and the village diary compiled by members of the Acorn Club (previously Three Holes W.I).

 “There is a huge interest in local history from people moving into the area as well as those born here,” says Brian Ranger, Committee Chairman.  “If you have old drawings in your property deeds, know interesting stories about the history of businesses, buildings, clubs or local traditions and everyday life then we would love to hear from you.”

As part of the project, the Committee is linking up with us at www.

If you can help please get in touch with the committee or come along to a special event to launch the project at the village hall on Saturday, 23 October between 11am and 5pm.  Material from old logs and records from Upwell Primary School, the Acorn Club 70’s diary and from other clubs will be on display as well as items already donated by local residents.  A scanning service will be running at the event to ensure documents brought on the day can be copied and audio recording will also be available to capture any memories that people would like to share.   The event will be rounding off in the evening with a presentation at 7pm on the Outwell –Wisbech Canal by local historian Bill Smith.  Entry to the daytime event is free of charge and tickets for the evening will have a small charge.  For more information, to purchase advance tickets for the presentation or to offer items to the project contact me below.

Anne Jackson

1 Comment

  • Hi Anne J

    I have been enjoying the information posted on the web site and the villages of Three Holes, and Outwell and congratulate you and your friends who have researched these villages and itheir residents.

    I am researching the Powditch family history, who originated in Fenland at Outwell, near Upwell. In addition my history will be as mich about Outwell and the Fens as it is about the Powditch family.

    Our name comes from a number of dams or dikes, constructed as sea walls, so that farmers could use their lands without interruption from the ravages of the sea.The Old Powdike, about 4 miles long I believe was built in 1223, and a little later, the Little Powdike, about 5 miles long, was added. These structures eventually eroded. About 1432 the New Powdike was built, a much bigger dam. About 5 miles long and 18 feet wide at its base, 10 feet tall.

    My wife and I visited Outwell and stood on the New Podike, along with John Algar, some years ago, and John has a wonderful web site Powditch Plus.I have not heard from John in some time, and there appears to be little activity over the past few years.

    Our family eventually moved to the coast, and became mariners, and one William Powdich, settled in Dunedin, for 20 years, then moved to Melbourne. His eldest child Charles, moved from Melbourne to Sydney around 1900, and ttoday there is a Powditch outpost in the Sutherland Shire. There is another Powditch enclave in Adelaide.

    I would love to hear from you and others involved and share any information about this area.and its past

    Best Regards

    Al Powditch
    Miranda Australia

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