We moved to No 4 Barrington Court Cottages (the first cottage right of centre) in 1947. My father arrived as head gardener in April and mum arrived in July when I was three weeks old. Mum was disappointed to find she was a mile from a bus stop and that the cottage had no electricity. At that time No 2 was occupied by Metcalfe Bailey the handyman, No 3 by Charlie Bowdrey, the chaffeur and his wife Alice, and No 5 by Len Martin the retired head gardener who soon moved away when the cottage was taken over by the new second gardener Leslie Nunn and his wife Mabel and son Rodney.
You will notice the thatch is in poor condition and we were troubled with leaks and falling ceilings until the thatchers moved in about 1960. They were on site for eight weeks and used many lorry loads of Norfolk reed.
That's an elm tree in right of shot which had to be felled in about 1970. Because of surrounding trees, garages and orchard it had to be felled towards the cottages and cleared the wall of No 6 by about six feet.
Because we lived in number four we had an extra room over the central passage. A room thirty feet long and four feet wide was very useful to someone with a clockwork train set!
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