Book Review Rutland Local History & Record Society Researching Rutland	Registered Charity No 700273
Belton History Society Journal, Volume 5 Edited by Audrey and Philip Walker Published by Belton History Society Available from local bookshops. £9.50 Belton History Society has been in existence for 13 years and in that time this small but active local history society has organised lectures and exhibitions about their corner of south west Rutland. Their occasional journal has gone from strength to strength and the latest volume, volume five, was produced at the end of 2013. Following on from previous successes, volume five surpasses the others in its breadth of coverage in 27 articles covering a range of topics concerning Belton, Allexton, Wardley and Leighfield. The articles range from a history of the Great Fire of Belton in 1776 through to some photographic essays on the celebration of the Silver Jubilee in 1977 and Belton's change of name day in 1982. In between are some interesting pieces on earth toilets, bakeries, crime and punishment, transportation, Belton workhouse, the Baptist Chapel legal disputes and local inquests. A considerable portion of the work is taken up by segments on the history of Lambley Lodge and College Farm. Much of the material is drawn from local memory and a fair proportion from the archives of the local press. The editors have not been reluctant to include smaller articles on a variety of topics and this has strengthened the interest in the publication as it has included material that would otherwise be lost or disregarded with the larger articles. Generously illustrated with relevant photographs and successfully edited by Audrey and Philip Walker, this publication should be of interest to any person with some knowledge of the area or indeed anybody with an interest in the social history of the village during the last 200 years. It is an exemplary publication showing how much can be achieved by a local history group drawing on the archival expertise of some members and the oral and remembered folk history of others. Handsomely produced and printed, this volume should be a model for any village local history society which is thinking of producing a journal. It is a credit to the editors, contributors and the Belton History Society as a whole. Hilary Crowden