Mary Alice Helps was the grandmother of Peter Helps who still lives in the village. She moved to Coleshill in the 1880's 'for her health' and lived here until her death in 1924. During her time in Coleshill, she wrote a series of essays in which she depicts everyday life in the village and describes some of our more noteworthy characters. The essays provide a fascinating glimpse of life in Coleshill at the turn of the 20th century.

Peter Helps kindly lent the book of essays to the History Group for scanning and publishing here on the website.

Somewhat quirkily, the names of people and places have been disguised. However, they can be discerned by a careful reading of the text. For example, the 'Fleur de Lys' pub ihas been renamed the 'Rose of England'.

Read and enjoy.


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