Gray Bridge And Diana House c1955, Amesbury
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Amesbury - Growing up as A Child
Yes, I remember Amesbury War Memorial c1950, it was moved to Amesbury Church to make way for a new road through Amesbury. I also lived on the new council estate which was built after the war, I lived in Antrobus Road. Antrobus Road was one of the first to be built and it was surrounded by fields and we used to take a short cut across the fields instead of walking up the hill to the top of Antrobus Road, where it met Holders Road. The fields were full of wild flowers. This field is now the home of Amesbury Secondary Modern School, which was. I can remember, whilst there, we were alway raising money for a swimming pool which was never built in my time. I learnt to swim in the river at Lords Walk. - that is now the Amesbury by-pass. Would love to hear from anybody with same memories.
We Watched The World go And Come Back From WW2
I lived with my parents in the right hand side of the white house shown above (almost opposite the W & D bus station) from 1938-57. The house to the left with a hedge around the door was a small private girls school in my early memories As the war built up we saw servicemen and women, our own, and from many countries we had previously only read about. I saw Queen Mary, having visited Boscombe Down, drop off a young airman at the bus station. Boscombe Down was always providing "entertainment" with many strange flying machines with unique attachments overhead - the runway being much closer than today. The last bus always took home the brave men who were having a night to remember before going off to war. Arnhem and of course D Day are still vivid memories. As petrol became scarce some of our buses towed hissing "gas exchangers" (my words) coke burners to provide the energy for the bus motor. Convoys of Army tanks of 20-100 along... Read more
I remember the War Memorial being opposite the cinema. When I visited Amesbury last week no one could remember it being there and it is not there now. Does anyone else remember it? I also remember the railway bridge where we all stood letting the steam from the trains blow over us. There was a huge park, well it seemed huge back then, near a cemetery. Are my memories correct I wonder? We lived on the RAF base at Boscombe Down to start with and then we moved to the new council estate in Amesbury. Solstice Rise was the name of our road and everywhere was surrounded by fields unlike what I saw last week!