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Streets through time - High Street
No 20 Netherlea


Estate cottage. Dated 1802, altered mid C19. Brick with ashlar dressings and hipped slate roof with 2 rendered ridge stacks. 2 storeys; 3 window range. Windows have stone mullioned cast-iron casements and diamond panes. Central 2-light window flanked by 3-light windows. Gabled porch with round arched opening and panelled door, and above it, a cast-iron plaque with armorial devices and the initials JSG. (John Sherwin Gregory, Lord of the Manor of Harlaxton 1860-c1875). On either side, a 3-light window. This building is one of those built or altered c1790-1820 by George de Ligne Gregory,


In the Estate sale of 1937, the tenancy is that of Mr F Grundy.

Fred Grundy  - a dairy farmer - and his wife Annie, both aged  40,  are listed in the 1939 Register as living in Church Lane which Netherlea may have been considered part of at that time by the registrar. 

Village  neighbours of the Grundy's living on the High St (No 4) in 1939 is the Jones family. A member of that family is 22 year old gardener George Reginald Jones (known as Reg)  whose living  with his 16 year old brother Eric and his widowed mum Ellen who is 53.

Reg will eventually move to Netherlea with his wife and son in 1948  having had an incredible career in the army during WW2 and eventually retiring as head gardener of the Manor when the Jesuits purchased the Manor.

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A long term resident of Harlaxton - Bob Langham -  remembers Reg Jones as being a very interesting and special man and he used to visit Reg in his latter years who told Bob of his escapades in the 2nd World War as follows:

When war broke out, Reg was one of twelve gardeners at the Manor. He enrolled in the army as his father before him in WW1 and joined the Ox and  Bucks Regiment  (unclear if Light Infantry or Fusiliers at time of writing) and fought throughout the duration of the war. He was part of the BEF that was evacuated from Dunkirk. He was one of the last to leave and had to swim out to the boats from the shore to stand any chance of survival. During the swim he had to force a man who couldn't swim off him as he would have drowned them both and this left a huge feeling of guilt which stayed with him. Reg managed to get to a boat but couldn't board it as it was moving away but he managed to grab a trailing rope from the ship which had a lorry tyre attached to it. Reg managed to haul himself on to the tyre and crossed the Channel in the tyre to safety. Reg was fortunate that he learnt to swim in the Manor fishponds which apparently like all young men in the village did at that time. He also took part in the the D Day landings at Normandy as a tank driver and drove one of the few tanks who made it safely to shore without sinking underwater. Reg took part in the liberation of Belsen concentration camp and was part of the occupying force in Germany post war. When Reg was demobbed, he returned to the Harlaxton Manor and was the only member of the original twelve gardeners to have survived the war. A charmed life indeed.

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Regs parents were John William (known as Jack) Jones from Manchester according to 1921 census (born 1881) and Ellen (born 1886) who was from Harlaxton. He had three brothers John William known as Bill (born 1914), Charles R known as Raymond (born 1920), Eric (born 1923) and a sister Gladys (born 1915). Former Harlaxton resident Fay Brett (nee Scoble) is a cousin to the siblings with Ellen being her Auntie Nell. The Jones were all living at No 4 High St in 1921. See No 4 High St page for more info on the family.

Reg and Doris had one son - Tony Michael Jones who sadly died young in 1983 aged only 35. Reg passed away in May 1992 aged 74 and Doris in December 2005 aged 83. All three are buried in the village churchyard.

Before the Jones family, the property was occupied by Mr and Mrs Wallace with their daughter Patricia and son.

The images above and below are of Reg and his wife Doris at Netherlea in the 1950's. Note the beautifully kept gardens which was a passion of Reg.


Above image taken in late 1960's.

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