Ron Parker

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RON Parker, from Goxhill near Barton-upon-Humber, was an amateur historian who questioned the history of ridge-and-furrow farmland.

On December 8, the Country Week section of the Yorkshire Post reported on Mr Parker’s argument with the archaeological consensus that the landscape features concerned arose from repeated ploughing of medieval strip holdings.

Mr Parker had put a lot of thought into his case and argued it well, but had to struggle against severe disability, from muscular dystrophy, to explain his theory.

But the Yorkshire Post publication gave him the satisfaction of knowing he at least had a point worth considering and some of the responses are in Country Week today.

Ronald Parker was 83 when he died in the early hours of Thursday in Hull Royal Infirmary. He spent his life in the Goxhill area.

He left Immingham Secondary School at 14 and worked on the Goxhill Marsh livestock farm run by his parents, Bill and Florence (better known as Kate), for more than 20 years, before finding work in the motor trade as a mechanic.

He eventually had his own repair garage in Goxhill, Parker Motors, which he ran until he retired. His son Michael, a plant mechanic, served his apprenticeship there and still lives in Goxhill. A daughter, Susan, is in Southport. Mr Parker is also survivied by his widow, Mary.

He wrote several books about local history and ran an annual memorial service for the Americans who died in wartime service at Goxhill Airfield.