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A Memory of Barningham Hall

I was born in the cottage in the courtyard, the youngest of three. My brother, Tony, sister Sheila, who now lives not too far away from Matlask, and have some wonderful memories of the Hall. Summer days seemed endless, building houses out of the hay bales in the fields, playing on the old tree stumps down by the pond, opening the gate for the delivery man from Rusts and getting a 'wagon wheel' as a treat. They were enormous. As my brother mentioned, we used to go on the 'shoot'. I was to young to 'beat' so I rode with Dad in the jeep pulling the game cart, I always remember the sandwiches, smelly egg, wrapped in greaseproof paper that my Mum made,and a Penguin biscuit, lovely!!!
Being the younger ones, I remember my brother playing Robin Hood, down in 'the forest' and sending Sheila and I out across the fields to look for the bad men while he sat up a tree, watching us, while we traipsed all over the place for nothing!!! Typical!!
I remember cycling to the village shop, sadly gone, on my tricycle, and asking for some crisps and my Mum would pay later. Can't remember if I got them or not. It was worth a try.
We all went to the village school, I can remember the teachers, Headmistress Mrs Newton, 'Nelly' White, who lived in the village, and I think, Mrs English. We used to walk to get there, I think, must be a mile or more. Imagine kids doing it nowadays.
The winters were fantastic too. The snow was 6 to 8 feet deep at times, Dad used to have a snow plough on the front of the Landrover and drive like a  maniac thro' the lanes.
So many wonderful memories, hiding in the log pile in the yard, playing with Rex, one of Sir Charles' gun dogs, my first 2 wheel bike at Christmas, the village hall 'do's, days out at Overstrand, the army base at Muckleburgh where we used to sit on top of the hill, and watch the the army motorcyclists whizz up and down around us. All in all, a wonderful childhood.
PS. I do remember the McKay family moving in after us, my Dad always said what a coincidence!!!
I've been back many times, going back this weekend actually, 17th August, picnic in the park, so it will probably jog the memory again. Can't wait!!!

A memory shared by Peter Mackay , on Aug 13th, 2008.

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