Braintree, High Street c.1960
Memories of Braintree, High Street c1960
We moved to Braintree with our Dad, George Harkins, in 1966. He was an American, stationed at Wethersfield air force base, married to a young British girl, Eileen. We lived at 82 South Street for about 5 or 6 years, and me and my brother John attended Manor Street Primary school. After our time there we moved back to the US and left loads of great friends behind. We lived at the end of a lane, I recall there was woodland behind us where we were always playing. Our next door neighbours were a Mr and Mrs French - his name was Alfie, and I think they were in their 80's - they were lovely old country folk who treated us like grandchildren, walking us to school, looking after my little baby brother - we ...Read full memory
Memories of Braintree
I lived in Cressing Road, went to Chapel Hill Primary School and then to Braintree County High School. I left there in 1952 when my father was transferred by Crittall Metal Windows, to Dunedin, New Zealand. I remember the 750th Anniversary celebrations in 1949 and had always said I would like to return for the 800th ...Read full memory
The wall on the left in the photo is Manor Street School which I attended from about 1953 until 1959. I am still in touch with Rod Gray. Does anyone else remember me or Rod from that time? The Headmistress was Miss Jarvis who was always accompanied by her Dachsund dog!
1. with Hearts close knit in comradeship, your lusty voices tune to praise: And welcome him [& presumably her] with steadfast grip who speaks of school and happy days. 2. [in minor key] For whom shall every voice be still, in silent homage to the brave? For those who stormed the tyrant's hill, and gazed on victory ...Read full memory
I own a picture of the students of BCHS taken in 1947. Such a view has many many names and connections. There is the headmaster Dr. Cordingly [he of the famous stick]. Here is the vicar Hartley Brook's daughter. My old girl friend Shirley, and members of my class including Billy Cranfield, Ron Whittaker, David ...Read full memory