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Living At The Mill

A Memory of Bordon

My father got a job in the mill in about 1950 and we moved into Mill House which is actually a part of the mill itself, on the right as you stand facing the building. I don't know what Bordon is like now, but in my day it had its share of the dregs, but so did everywhere. It was all very local and everybody seemed to know everybody else, apart from Army people. We moved to Lindford after a year or so, which was then a nice little place where nothing seemed to happen.

In those days Robert and Peter Ellis ran the mill and it always seemed to be busy, as did Bordon itself. I recall the greengrocers and the chippy on the corner, ad Frisby's shoe shop on the opposite corner. Along the main street was a jewellers, a newsagent a photographer plus sundry others. In the 1940s there was a tea shop which subsequently disappeared, but later I recall listeniong to the juke box in the milk bar. Down Chalet Hill were more shops including an off-licence, a barbers and a cycle shop. I well remember Mr and Mrs Tilbury who ran the local butchers shop. The Palace cinema seemed to have been there forever and was agreat place for the Saturday morning picture show.

A memory shared by Colin Noble , on Oct 1st, 2010.

Comments & feedback

Mon Apr 20th 2015, at 11:24 pm

Janis Craig commented:

Hello Collin,
I enjoyed your memories of the mill and the village of Bordon,and the greengrocers you mention in Bordon was probably my maternal Grandfather Donald Beacham and the shop was on Chalet Hill. My Mum Audrey married my Dad Gordon Craig who was a Canadian soldier stationed in Bordon during the war. They emigrated to Canada in 1945 after the war. I have visited Bordon twice in 1979 and again around 1982. Of course Beacham greengrocers was long gone and Granddad had passed away. Lovely memories though. Janis Craig

Wed Nov 9th 2016, at 10:09 pm

elizabethannekemp2017 commented:

Hi my name is Anne I used to live in holly Brook park in bordon in the 196os and beyond i rember the chippy used to owned by uwin family. I used walk up chalet hill.

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