For Love of the Land: Elizabeth’s Story
Elizabeth Mapleston of Woodhall Spa was inspired by our heritage series, ‘My Days’ and ‘Our Days’, to share her own memories of a Lincolnshire life.
“I have a very strong attachment to South Ormsby and the Lincolnshire Wolds,” said Elizabeth. “I was born in Lincoln, and I love the city for its night-life and hustle and bustle, but I also love the country life and my spiritual roots are in South Ormsby. My parents, Ann-Marie Mapleston and Ray Mapleston, are no longer with us. Ann-Marie was born in South Ormsby and Ray in Lincoln. The whole family moved from South Ormsby to Lincoln in 1963 and I was born in 1974. Dad worked as a FLT driver at Smith-Clayton Forge and mum was a housewife and mother.
“In 1985, mum died of a big heart attack at the age of 40. I was nearly 10-years old and my brother, James, was four. Both my gran and I had a feeling after a GP visited that mum was expecting something bad. She had a big, caring heart and always tried her best to care for us. She took us to gran’s house on a Wednesday and stayed the night as she was feeling unwell. She said goodnight to us and slept in my usual bedroom. The following morning, gran couldn’t wake her. I remember sitting cross-legged watching TV when the vicar turned up. I found out what had happened by listening in and I burst into tears.