A Hundred Years Behind the Times* is the title of Tim Price’s – recently retired clerk to Windlesham Parish Council – book about the history of the village of Bisley.
I visited Tim in the Parish Council offices the week he retired to offer my best wishes. Somehow we got round to his new book, a copy of which he conveniently produced, costing me a Bobby Moore.
There are many fascinating bits of historical information in his book.
I’ve often wondered how stone was so carefully cut hundreds of years ago. Imagining the hard work and graft involved.
From Tim’s book I learned that the sarsen stone in the heathland, deposited there during the ice age, was used in local buildings, notably Holy Trinity Church in West End. In the mid 1800’s much such sandstone was dug out of the wet and boggy heathland to build the church. While still wet, and sometimes still partly under water, sandstone is easy to cut. It’s only after it has dried out that it becomes as hard as brick.
* Published by Melrose Books, ISBN 978-1-908645-17-3