Changes - Pentney 2001

As someone who has visited Pentney personally just 4 times, it would be presumptuous of me to write on the subject of present day Pentney.
I can only include some of the facts about the village and leave it to the "Locals" to continue the story  in their own time. If any of these "facts" are incorrect, no doubt someone will point out my errors!

The Church continues to play an important part in the life of the village, with St Mary Magdalene under the direction of Rev. Stuart Nairn,  and the Baptist Church, administered by Mac and Joy Hoare, of Kings Lynn.

There is now no school in the village of Pentney, and the younger children must go to Narborough to start their education.  However, none of these children will be sent out at the age of seven years, to stand in the fields and scare the crows. Neither are they likely to spend a month in Gaol for stealing a rabbit!

Bake House Farm, 1997. In 1891, this was the Bakery, the home of Thomas and Mary Callow.

The car has taken the place of the boat and the train.  The little river is no longer the smugglers' route into the countryside.  Instead, the bird watchers and anglers enjoy its peace and tranquillity.

This is the back  elevation of  James Bailey's House, built by him in 1854.  He also built the Bake House and the row of Cottages between, known as Bailey's Cottages.  Dave Hutchins, the present owner, tells me that his house was previously called Crossways Cottage, and Jeremiah's Cottage, after Jeremiah Riches, who sold the land to James Bailey.

I wonder what Jemima Hudson Winkfield, would have thought about the TV aerial  on the side of her house!  She  moved into one of Bailey's Cottages soon after they were built in the 1850's, and lived there for  over 30 years.

Though the Priors of Pentney are long gone, their vocation of hospitality lives on, while the Abbey hosts many functions, including "Medieval Banquets".

Though far fewer of today's residents, make their living from the land, in agriculture, still the land provides a living in other ways.  Caravans and miniature railways, holiday cottages and barn conversions, all play a part in providing jobs and keeping Pentney a living village.
Ease of travel means that many of its residents work in nearby towns, and commute at the end of the day.  Others work from home, with lap-top and intra-net, communicating with America, Australia, Canada, at the click of a Mouse!

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Rita Sheridan, Warwickshire,