From February 2016.
Lamport is a small village on the road between Market Harborough and Northampton, which I have often passed through, but never made time to visit until last week, prompted mainly by reading “A Child Alone : the Memoirs of ‘BB’“. ‘BB’ was the pen-name of D.J. Watkins-Pitchford, a naturalist, artist and author whose books I enjoyed as a child and have sometimes alluded to in writing this blog.
Watkins-Pitchford grew up in the Rectory at Lamport (now, inevitably ‘The Old Rectory’)*
which is next door to the church of which his father was the Rector.
and directly opposite Lamport Hall, the family seat (until recently) of the Isham family.
As young D.J. was an imaginative child and kept at home rather than sent to school, he would have had plenty of time to contemplate the motto of the Isham family, which is inscribed at least twice on…
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