Axminster, Devon
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Axminster and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

Dukes And Hawkins. My Two Favourite Sweet Shops.

In the years of rationing, my mum used to remove the sweet coupons from her ration book so that we didn't spend all our pocket money on sweets. About halfway down Castle Hill, on the left, was Dukes shop. All I was interested in were the sweets, though he also sold tea, sugar and a variety of ...Read full memory

Aminster Secondary Modern School

I have some rather bad memories of school years spent at this school, because I was a rather shy and insecure child so I tended to be the victim of the school bullies. One I remember very vividly was a Maureen Ashby, I also remember a Miss Wallis as the domestic science teacher, who used to make me feel ...Read full memory

The Cosy Cafe

My family owned the Cosy Cafe on Lyme Road in the 1950s. I did not start working their until 1957 as I was still at school until then, but I still remember a lot of the customers who use to come in for their cups of tea. John Goddard the school caretaker, Charlie Pengelly, who owned the ironmonger's opposite, Wyndham Welsh ...Read full memory