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There is a good range of second-hand books on local history from across England and Scotland, including numerous books / pamphlets relating to the Fylde. There is also an extensive collection of books on transport.


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Thomas's preserved sketches are of 18th century items such as clock casings, clothes chests, chests of drawers, doors, spice boxes, church pews, tables, cradles, bannisters, chairs and squabs (settees).
He travelled around the Fylde area doing both domestic and ecclesiastical work. The main author, Bill McCartney, points out in his introduction that currently it has not been possible to find any furniture made by Thomas still in family hands.



Designs for a pulpit and a church gallery are included in these fascinating pages. Which church they were crafted for is unknown. (There are similar style fixtures at the old St John the Baptist church, Pilling).
One of Thomas’s domestic customers was one Eling (Eileen?) Grimbildstone who wanted a made-to-order “Dresing Teble.”

Throughout the book measurements, details of costs, expenses, payments, itemised listings of timber, jottings regarding accounts, financial borrowings and mathematical calculations show Thomas’s eye for detail.


Other unexpected jottings listed (and commented on) include a supposed cure for worms - not the timber-eating creepies.

The background notes which form the introduction to the book explain how Thomas’s notebook came to be found, preserved and transcribed, as well as details of the Noblet family and their relations, the Jolly family, over several centuries.

The book is clearly of both specialist and wider interest.

Co-author Dr Adam Bowett of the Regional Furniture Society says Noblet’s notebook is “… a unique survival from the period, and it contains some of the earliest drawings and descriptions of a number of key eighteenth-century furniture archetypes. Most remarkable … is the fact that it comes, not from London or some other urban centre, but from a tiny village on the Fylde of Lancashire.”

More generally the book will be of interest to local and family historians. Numerous family surnames from the period covered by the book are extant in rural Fylde and Wyre today.

The authors are to be commended for shedding light on this generally overlooked area of domestic, ecclesiastical and workaday history.


* The book is available from William McCartney, priced £12.99 (plus packing and postage).


He can be contacted at:


Title: The notebook of Thomas Noblet; joiner from the Fylde in Lancashire


Authors: William McCartney and Adam Bowett    ISBN: 978-1-9996303-0-0


The cost of family tree tracing for genealogical sleuth Bill McCartney included getting a bloodied leg when a dog attacked him at the gate of a farmhouse in Wrea Green.

The hound’s owner turned out to be distantly related to Bill and not only related, but the custodian of an unsorted treasure trove of family, local and craftwork history – the brightest gem of which was an old notebook dated 1725.

This reproduction of joiner Thomas Noblet’s workbook (along with opposite page facing transcriptions and notes) forms the basis of this fascinating and highly unusual paperback.
These days if you want some furniture or a piece of woodwork it’s a simple as a visit to a trading estate. Not so in the 1700s, when master craftsman Thomas Noblet was at work, painstakingly carrying out his craft in the rural Fylde.



The search for the fallen World War Two


British soldier Raymond Edward Adams of Fleetwood:

My name is Dirk Paagman, I am a teacher of history at Maurick College, in Vught, Holland. I was born in Schijndel where many relatives and friends of mine currently live. Excuse me for my English, I depend on, for example, google translate.


I have been writing a book for two years now on the liberation of Schijndel and other villages nearby like Sint Oedenrode, Boxtel and Sint Michielsgestel during World War II.


One part of the story is about the different Royal Artillery battalions who supported the different British divisions, like the 51st Highland Division.


That division took the American lines over in October 1944 near Schijndel and Sint Oedenrode and attacked the village Olland on 23 October 1944, during Operation Colin, as a part of Operation Pheasant, with the following objective: to liberate the rest of the South of the Netherlands.


Operation Colin was a part of operation Pheasant to liberate the area between Veghel, Schijndel and Sint Oedenrode to s '-Hertogenbosch and Tilburg and to the river Maas in the South of the Netherlands.


Raymond Edward Adams was one of the British soldiers who died trying to liberate our country. His army number was 14375871


He was born on the 4th September of 1924 in Fleedwood. He was a member of the Royal Artillery and on the 24th October 1944 he was badly wounded by a German mine nearby the village of Olland.


He was transported to a field hospital in Sint Oedenrode were he unfortunately died of his wounds. He was buried at the church graveyard of the Sint Martinuskerk (Saint Martin Church) of Sint Oedenrode.


I would like to ask you if you can help me to find a photo or other information of Raymond Adams. I would really like to know how he looked.


It would be an honour if I could incorporate his photo and his story in my book about the liberation of Schijndel and Sint Oedenrode.


I would like to ask whether someone, as a local historian from the Netherlands, can help me with looking for family members or photos.


I reckon it would be of a great historical importance to visualize the story by showing the men who actually liberated Schijndel and Olland (everybody can always send me a email). Looking forward to hearing from you soon.


Kind regards, Dirk Paagman (work email) 0031-614754924 (phone number)