Home Guard at Hallow.
Local characters from Lower Broadheath and Hallow who missed the sign-up, were persuaded to join the Home Guard. These volunteers were trained to defend the country in the event of Hitler crossing the Channel. Photograph was taken outside Hallow Parish Hall around 1940.
The clothing millionaire Joseph Banks, who lived at Hallow Park, gave Hallow both the playing field and Â£500 pounds towards the Parish Hall built in 1930. As an old man in 1941 Mr Banks donated Â£5000 in the war effort for a Spitfire named Hallow in honour of the younger men of the village serving in the forces.
Max Sinclair wrote: There was a windmill for many years in Hallow Park feeding the north of Worcester. The windmill is shown on early maps on fields which became Hallow Park, it was a post mill like Avoncroft but smaller.The Roman Watermill; reputed to be the first in Britain was on the site of the present Hallow Mill, a good site for supplying Worcester.This is quite possible as the Severn was too powerful for a watermill structure.
A Point to Point horse racing course was in the fields near Thorngrove Manor. That is where Cheltenham races were held for Lucien Bonaparte, Prince of Canino Napoleons younger brother who was a prisoner of war at Thorngrove. His gaolers wouldn’t let him go to Cheltenham Races so they brought the races to Hallow. There is a large silver dish in the Louvre Museum Paris which was presented to Lucien by the admiring parishioners giving the story.
At Parkfield House there was a narrow gauge inclined railway down to the Severn. House supplies, including coal, were brought up the river by boat and then hauled up to the house.
A very interesting village. When I was abroad a lot and telephoned my Hallow number the operator often put me through to a delightful lady in Alloa Scotland. Regards Max