Some of the details of Winifred's life at Rainworth
Winifred's father, Walter Kirby, was given the position of Chief Engineer at Rainworth Waterworks in 1927. Earlier in his life he had helped with the fitting of the machinery for the Lincoln Waterworks, so was well qualified for the position. We moved into a lovely detached house which went with the job.
There was also a boiler man, Mr. Malatrat and Mr. Bool, who worked in the engine room.
The engines pumped water towards Mansfield to the reservoir at Berry Hill, pumping until the reservoir was full and no working from Saturday lunch time until Monday morning. Later when more water was needed, they worked from 6 am. to 10 pm. That meant that two more men were needed and so two semi-detached houses were built in what was the orchard further down the main road. The new men were Jack Robinson and Harry Wright.
Soon after moving to Rainworth, Dad bought a car for £20. It was a bull-nosed Morris, two seater, with a hood and "dicky seat". My sister and I used to ride in the "dicky" and we thought we were princesses.
The Waterworks supplied all the water for Mansfield and District, and when we wanted to go out Dad always had to wait until the reservoir reached a certain level. The times we sat waiting for the last inch of water to be reached before the engines could be shut off! As the level of the water was recorded on charts which were checked at Head Office, there was no way we could leave before the target was reached.