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Collection of Cinder Ash Walk Photographs – Long Sutton

Roy Ashton gives this update.

History Long Sutton 1920. Cinder Ash was a pretty, leafy place flanked by picket fences with a small ‘rustic’ bridge leading to the sports field. It also boasted a whalebone archway. This had originally stood in the garden of Tysdale House at Tydd St Mary, but was purchased by a Miss Copeman and placed in Cinder Ash as a novel decoration. Cedar Lodge also had a whalebone in its garden. 1964 In a newspaper interview, Harold Carbutt of Roman Bank, revealed how the popular walk Cinder Ash got its name. He also remembered the erection of the whale jawbone at the Roman Bank end of the walk. It had been fetched from the Tydd area. Mr Carbutt said his grandfather, Robert, founded a building firm in 1928, when they used a lot of cinders in the mortar. It was the custom of local builders at the time to employ a man to collect ashes and riddle them. The fine ash was used in mortar and the rest was thrown away. Robert suggested that some of the rough ash might be used to improve the ‘rough earth path,’ and this was done. Thus the area became known as Cinder Ash. Incidentally, Mr Carbutt served in France during the First World War, was treasurer of the town branch of the Church Men’s Society, and a bell ringer for 50 years.

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  1. Photos showing a fabulous asset to our little town.
    Over the past 50 years the local council have proved that a place of beauty can be turned into an uninteresting grass field supporting little wildlife.

    With the inclusion of the public pathway into the park by removing all the hedges.
    How bad can the council get.
    They must be very proud of cast saving but at what cost to all.

    Thank goodness not all council’s a cross the country think the way of our own council.

    However in these in lightened time’s with a growing awareness of the environment hedges to the footpath could be reinstated to attract wild life.

    My remarks are made as a proud member of the Carbutt family

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