Binstead, The Forge c.1960
Memories of Binstead, the Forge c1960
In 1970-72 I worked for a man in Sydney, Australia who told me that his Great-Grand-Mother came from the Isle of Wight, and that is all that he knew of his 'roots'. In 2015 I said that I would try and find some more information about his ancestors. I spent many months delving into the past, and visiting the island. I discovered that my friend's 3x Great-Grand-Father was the Blacksmith, Issac Saunders (1782-1851) who lived with his wife Hannah and family at 'The Forge' (Frith Ref.B772009 / B772010 / B772012) the workshop being attached to the left side of the house as you face it and is still there to-date, but appears to be incorporated as part of the house now. When Issac died in 1851 Hannah took over as ...Read full memory
Memories of Binstead
I love Binstead, met my first wife there Carole, who lived in Beatrice Close. We walked all around the village but the best walk was from the Church of the Holy Cross up to Ladies Walk, a truly beautiful place which I still enjoy at my age of 66yrs. In recent years parts of Binstead have been ruined by over development, too many houses and increase in traffic, but I still love it.
I was born in Newnham Road Binstead in 1955 and have happy memories of the freedom of living there. Being able to walk to Binstead school and walking alone to my godmother's farm (Newnham Farm) looking for bird's nests (quite legal then!) without a care. However the most distinct memory was waking up on ...Read full memory
Living on the island was like living in paradise - it seemed like a constant holiday! I remember walking from 'Danehurst' along Pitts Lane across Binstead Road and up Cemetary Road to school every day. I loved walking to the beach through the woods near Quarr Abbey and through to Fishbourne. I loved going to Sunday School ...Read full memory
I worked in the big hotel in Sandown, and a couple of hotels on the very seafront with two girls from Binstead, what fun we had, laughter and tears went together. I've lost touch with them but would love to hear what they are up to now and where they live. I remember Browns boating lake in Sandown, and one of the hotel ...Read full memory