Historian's festive gift to worshippers

Churchgoers in Morley received an unusual Christmas card from a local historian on Christmas Day, one which was first sent exactly 100 years ago.The 30 cards were copies of an original sent from a Thomas Ormond to a Mr Plowright in the village on January 1 1910.

Churchgoers in Morley received an unusual Christmas card from a local historian on Christmas Day, one which was first sent exactly 100 years ago.

The 30 cards were copies of an original sent from a Thomas Ormond to a Mr Plowright in the village on January 1 1910.

On the front is a picture of Morley Primary School, where Mr Ormond was headmaster for 30 years, covered in snow, with the caption 'Hearty Greetings from Morley'.

The original was found by amateur historian, Anne Edwards, who has a collection of over 400 photographs of Morley dating back to 1880.


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She decided that it would be the festive thing to do to run off copies for everyone attending the Christmas day service at Morley St Peter Church on the centenary of its delivery.

Mrs Edwards also posted herself a copy of the postcard to get a postmark exactly 100 years later than that on the original.

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'Perhaps somebody else in another 100 years will do the same, that's if there's still a Post Office,' she said.

'The school has altered a bit because it's got a piece built on the side, but otherwise it's more or less the same.'

The image, which is surrounded by holly, was also taken years before the war memorial was place in the village.

Mrs Edwards, 63, was born in nearby Wymondham but has lived in Morley for 35 years.

She said she is always hunting for more images, mostly using eBay and word-of-mouth to find rarer and more unusual pictures.

She is especially keen to find more for her collection from the 1940s, as the second world war meant that fewer images were taken.

In the past she has used her image library to create calendars and also hosted a slideshow in the village hall.

If you have images of Morley or the surrounding area you can contact Mrs Edwards on 01953 453804.

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