Rowhook was a "treacle mine village"
in the 17th century and although it had ceased production following
the crippling Treacle Tax Act of 1781, which put a prohibitive
tax on tins of treacle; the industry was finished. However, during
the hard times of the early 20th century, treacle seams found
by open cast mining provided enough treacle which was welcomed
by most children, especially during years of war 1914 -1918 when
sweets were hard to come by. Not only was the local treacle pleasant
to taste, when spread out on a slice of bread. but even better
on two thick slices to make a sandwich, known to all as a "door
stopper"! then there was the chance to lick the spoon or
even the knife, with a warning from mother - "Mind you don't
cut your tongue".
The children of Rowhook were not neglected.
Their parents had heard the rumours of war, from a certain member
of the newly elected Liberal Government, but this time it was
the Kaiser that was seen as the new Napoleon. By 1914 several
men of Rowhook had been recruited into the secret army with the
code name "Rowhook Treacle Miners". 'Treacle Mining'
in the village now had a new importance - the defence of the