Memories of Bracknell
The Old manor had a legend that highwayman Dick Turpin made an escape by taking the cellar tunnel under Church Road to the Hind's Head (the white building). At Sandy Lane Infants School, my friend Andrew Balfour lived in the Old Manor. He showed me the secret tunnel. Its reputation was more interesting than its reality. Ye Old Manor Hotel had a metal scroll-shaped sign, but on the top of the Gallow-pole that suspended it was a metal depiction of a highwayman holding-up a coach. This was the hill-top on the Ascot Road. It's hard to see the Maidenhead-Bagshot road that crosses it here, but this must have been a significant trade junction. The cattle-market behind the right of this picture was like a town square. Older people said it was grand.
My family moved to Bracknell in 1961 from Lancashire. I can remember some of the shops in Crossway. At the top end by the High Street was a toyshop, next door was a gents clothes shop nearly opposite that was Miller Morris and Brooker a hardware shop and them the coffee bar, the other shops I cant recall. We used to go to ...Read full memory
From the newsagents (I believe the name was Crisps, maybe) I delivered morning newspapers on my little scooter - ha!ha! And I saved enough money to buy my first bike at 11. Needed it to get to secondary school.
Chour Master was a Mr Faulkner, he had a great influence on me during my time in the church choir. He had a Morris Minor FRX83, green, I have never forgotten it. He used to pick me up for practice every week, and insisted that our cassock/surplice was always smart. To the right of the gates was where all new members got ...Read full memory