They appear to have lived in the village between 1910 and 1940…and their children did too…Albert, Ada, George, Arthur, Florence.
In 1911, William and Emma lived with their niece, Betris Emma Wray.
The Washing Hole
My great grandfather, Edmund Oates, Eastoft village’s boot and shoemaker had a small farm, Gaythorne Farm, Washing Hole Lane, Eastoft.
The powers that be stating,
“We cannot have a lane named after the place that the poor people of Eastoft did their laundry” have renamed it Washing Hall Lane. My father was highly amused when this happened.
The Washing Hole was a pond with firm clay bottom about 18 inches deep. It was where the farmers and farm workers took their carthorses after a days work in muddy field to wash their fetlocks before they returned to the stables.
The position of the hole is still there but it is now filled in, a square of grass on a 90-degree bend in the road.
The Washing Hole Green Today
IT’S YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD 2019
EASTOFT GARDENING CLUB
Assessed on: 19.07.2018
The group continues to work on the appearance of their village with the support of the Parish Council. They maintain displays along the main road as well as enhancing a corner of the village that otherwise could look untidy and be overgrown. Planting continues to develop, using donations from local residents and more distant relatives. There is enough here to provide colour over a long season through spring and summer….