Alcombe, The Village 1912
Memories of Alcombe, the Village 1912
Happy memories of Alcombe
The 1861 census shows the school being run by John Collard, his wife Elizabeth & assistant Samuel Waters. Two servants Emma Willams and Jane Ward (my relative) with 9 boys as boarders aged 8-13 years. On a recent fact finding mission although the school is listed as part of the Britannia Inn (now Manor Road), it is actually situated behind the pub through an archway of the adjoining building. It is now a private house, No 7 Manor Road. Why the enumerator didn't list it seperately as a school is a mystery!
I was living with my grandparents at that time, Amy & Sid Berry, their son Stanley (uncle to me) was the local hairdresser and he went around on a pushbike, later a moterbike & side car, to cut local men's hair. Everybody knew Stan, he later opened a shop in Alcombe next door to the fish & chip shop & later a shop by Legs sweet shop in Alcombe. I have lovely memories of those years, and my aunt, Stan's sister, still lives in the same house in Hayfield Road where I was born (a sister & brother of mine were also born there). Times must have been hard in those years but for me they were happy times, always people coming in to see my Gran who also had people staying at different times that had been billeted out ...Read full memory
I was born in the house on the right hand side of the photograph.It was the home of my grandparents David and Lydia Howells who had moved to Alcombe during the depression.Both were staunch methodists and belonged to the Alcombe Metodist Church.The Howells had three daughters Esme(still living) Lena amd my mother Millicent.I had many happy memories of living in this house.The shop at that time was run as a grocery shop by the Veales and remember vividly going in for my bags of broken biscuits and gob stoppers.
This is a very exciting discovery for me because it is one of the oldest photographs I have seen of a part of old Alcombe that I can recognise, even at my great distance from the UK. My Great-Grandfather George Mildon had a school at Alcombe from the year of his marriage to Alice Frankpitt in 1874. He evidently bought the school from a Francis Ransome who had lived there with his wife Ann, their 4 children, his Assistant Thomas Kemm, 2 servants and a number of boarding pupils. After 20 years teaching in Alcombe, in 1894 George Mildon sold the school, and with their 6 children, they emigrated to New Zealand. The following details are as we can reconstruct from recent research, which has placed the school down the ...Read full memory