Memories of Bovingdon
I remember moving to Bovingdon in 1965, we lived in Austin's Mead (they were the houses for the R.A.F. families). My name was Andrea Jackson then, I was about 7 yrs old. The local doctor was Dr. Anderson. At the bottom of Austin's Mead there was an old forge.
The shop at the top left (now the Chinese Takeaway) was, I think, Wards the Greengrocers, the second shop down was Graingers the Newsagents (now Pendley Estate Agents). The newsagents was run by Mr & Mrs. Gadd, who lived above the shop. The garage was used to dispense the daily newspapers to the paperboys. There is also a brick built well in the back garden (who used it I don't know) as this was originally a field. The community well can still be found, capped off, in the cottages opposite. Wards moved further down the High Street into what is now Wilsons Estate Agents. Graingers moved to the top of the road into what became the Travel Agents (now demolished). Mr. ...Read full memory
The account by Anne Broomehead is partly correct but jumbled, having lived in Bovingdon since 1960 and worked for Mr Grainger as a paperboy, and knew Ted Gadd like an old "uncle", this is the correct version. The paper shop was where the travel agents stood before giving way to demolition, and it was behind this building that the wooden shed stood where we collected our papers to take out on our "round". The papers were marked up for delivery by Molly Smart. Apart from Mr and Mrs Grainger Harold and Joan, and Mr and Mrs Gadd Ted and Clarice, other people to work in the top paper shop included Doris Gilbert and a young Angela Saunders. Across the road the fruit and veg shop was owned and run by Bruce and Betty ...Read full memory