Peter Mason (1918-2003) was born in Misterton. He was from a farming family, his grandfather owned the local butcher's. From Misterton primary school he moved to the Grammar School in Retford from where he went on to study at the Agricultural College in Loughborough. He became a land drainage officer at Market Bosworth in Leicestershire.
It was in Leicestershire where he met and married his wife, Margaret, and they lived in Hinckley before moving back to Gringley, to Rose Cottage. In 1958 they moved to Beckingham where Peter worked with his brother and nephews - mostly in arable farming.
Peter Mason was well known as a local historian who had a keen interest in Beckingham and its former residents. He had a particular interest in architecture and knew so much about the buildings that stood in Beckingham in times past, and the people who inhabited them.
Peter amassed a large collection over the years of photographs and documents on the village history and on his death most of these were donated to the Beckingham and Saundby History Group where they have been computerised and catalogued.
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