This picture was actually taken in the early 1960's and later turned into a postcard. The man on the motorbike is my late father, John Ridd, who was a local farm manager at the time. The motorbike by the way is a BSA Bantam - he was the only person in the village who had one like it!
As a boarding pupil at Grenville College I used to walk up to Abbotsham in sunny summer weather from Moreton House with my Sunday packed lunch. It was a very quiet village and one of my main memories is the range of old carvings on the pews in the old church. The village was also on the route of our cross-country runs and it ...Read full memory
At the side of the Post Office is a single track lane that leads to the cliffs, half a mile along the lane past the farm was a large thatched cottage named "Rixlade". In 1957 our father Major William (Bill) Hay was stationed as O.C. at Fremington camp near Barnstaple, from our home town of ...Read full memory
I lived in Abbotsham from birth in 1947 until we moved away in 1967. I attended the village school from 1952 until 1959. Started in the infants class with Mrs Attenborough then on to the Junior class with the Headmistress, Mrs Cotton. In the Juniors we used to listen to the Schools Radio programmes where we learnt ...Read full memory
In 1940 a group of children with ages ranging from about eight to eleven were evacuated from Croydon, (then in Surrey) and taken in by the local populace. I (Les Quilter) and John Durr were billeted at Pusehill Farm with George Bellew, where we spent the next eighteen months. The school in Abbotsham received us and increased the ...Read full memory
Growing up at Fairy Cross, Alwington and as our village school had closed in the late 1950s we had to catch the school bus daily morning and afternoon to Abbotsham Primary School. (Shown in the centre back of the picture next to St Helens Church). I started in 1963 in the "little ones class" of the two roomed ...Read full memory
This photo has brought back so many memories of when I had my summer holidays in the last house before the white houses. There was a gate to the side of the house which lead into a large garden where my grandad grew veg and fruit, and the chickens from the farm behind walked around the garden. I loved to ...Read full memory
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