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Lydbrook, Church Hill from Hangerberry Hill - looking East 1937-1940

Lydbrook, Church Hill from Hangerberry Hill - looking East 1937-1940 (49k)

The Anglican Church of Holy Jesus built in 1851 overlooks the recreation ground. Local men, mainly miners, have by this time levelled the "Old Blue Mound". The work was carried out entirely by pick and shovel and pit carts. This work was the inspired by a local man who looked out through his window and was moved to persuade others to move the "Old Blue Mound" a large pile of waste from "Lydbrook Deep Navigation" pit. The new playground equipment can be seen and the protective wire fencing around the young trees. The foreground area is still used as a football pitch. A large land "slump" can be seen to the right. Stone quarries scar the hillside in the background.

An early photo of Lydbrook Church

Article about Sydney Miles headmaster of Lydbrook School

Above: an article from the Gloucester Journal of Saturday 07 March 1942.

Mr Miles called a meeting in 1937 to consider moving 30,000 tons of the Blue Mound in the centre of Lydbrook by voluntary labour.

Mr Miles was headmaster of Lydbrook School for 25 years and secretary of Lydbrook Memorial Hall.

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