Ludford

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High Street Farm, Ludford, Lincolshire was owned by Joseph Drakes (1818-1897) and his wife Ann Cade (1823-1884). It was then taken over by their son John Thomas Drakes (1851-1908) and his wife, Alice Martha Wildsmith. This farm is on the old Roman 'High Street', which runs north-south, at the western end of Main Road, Ludford. The farm is still owned and run by members of the extended family.

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High Street Farm, Ludford, Lincolnshire


The three older children of John Thomas Drakes and Alice Martha Wildsmith, Eleanor, Annie Margaret, and Sidney Drakes, at High Street Farm, Ludford, Lincolnshire, when Frank was in Canada. Both Eleanor and Annie had no issue. Sidney had 2 children; 1 grandchild; 1 great grandchild. Their younger brother Frank's line was more successful with: 3 children; 9 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 10 great great grandchildren, and, since many of his great grandchildren are still children, there will probably be many more great great grandchildren to come.

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The front of High Street Farm, Ludford, Lincolnshire


Sidney & Frank Drakes at High Street Farm, Ludford, Lincs., about 1908.

                                                                                                            photo by Chris Drakes September 2012

The back entrance to High Street Farm, Ludford, Lincolnshire


Frank Drakes, their youngest child, at High Street Farm, Ludford about 1906.


Frank Drakes, about 1908, when he was a real cowboy working near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (seen outside the blacksmith shop in Calgary, Alberta). He returned to England in 1910 and married Emily Kate (Daisy) Crossley. After WWI, they emigrated to live in Canada, only returning to England in the late 1930s after The Great Depression, and just before WWII began.

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Frank Drakes' original gunbelt, holster, and knife from his days as a real cowboy, over a hundred years ago.


Haycart with J.T. Drakes, Ludford, 1897 on the front panel at High Street Farm, Ludford, Lincolnshire; note the pole along the top, to raise the tarpaulin and allow rainwater to drain away


c1935 - The Post Office & Garage, Main Road, Ludford, next to the Parish Church; the pair of tall cottages, behind the car, were later the homes of their elder son Sidney Drakes & his married daughter Dorothy.


A lovely street scene with children and a thatched cottage at Ludford Parva, Lincolnshire c1910


The Wesleyan Chapel and a scene in Louth Road, Ludford Magna, Lincs.


Early photos of Ludford village, close to the old Roman 'High Street', which runs along the top of the Wolds



The old windmill at Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire


St. Mary & St. Peter Parish Church, Ludford, Lincolnshire

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photos by Chris Drakes

The grave of John Thomas Drakes (1851-1908) and his wife Alice Martha Wildsmith at Ludford, Lincs.: In loving memory of John Thomas Drakes of High Street Farm, who died Feb. 27, 1908, Aged 56 years. Until the resurrection morn. Also of Alice M. Drakes, wife of the above, who died April 19, 1920, Aged 67 years.

                                                                                                     photo by Chris Drakes

St. Mary & St. Peter Parish Church, Ludford, Lincolnshire



The Rectory, Ludford, Lincolnshire 1909


The Roman Catholic Church, Hainton, Lincs.

Whilst many late 19th century 'Drakes' in the Lincolnshire Wolds were Methodists, one branch, who were living at Hainton, Lincs., were Roman Catholics. Their daughters were sent to a Convent School and a son, Charles Drakes (1849-1924), became a Roman Catholic Priest.