Brightlingsea, High Street c.1960
Memories of Brightlingsea, High Street c1960
During the late 40's and 50's we all traveled to Jaywick Sands for our summer and bank holidays and on the weekends made regular excursions to the nearby seaside resorts of Frinton and Walton-on-the Nase but my favorite was Brightlingsea, the main reason being that we went to collect winkles for a Sunday evening snack on returning home, complete with a pin for their removal. The best bit was crossing from the harbor to the beach by a rowing boat ferry, I do not recall there being a charge for this service but doubt that it was no more than sixpence or perhaps one shilling with the return journey. One alighted we would search in the long strands of seaweed for the rocks on which the winkles lived. ...Read full memory
I spent summer holidays at Jacobs several years in the 50s with my parents, Don and Clarice Harrison and sister Margery. We stayed with miss Holmes and her daughter Celia who was a gifted dancer who later gained a place at the Rambert dance school. Jacobs was a fascinating place for me as a 5 year old. There was a secret door to a cupboard full of puppets, and a harp In the king post room. We played with Celia's friends, the Went children. Mr Went was a local photographer. We feasted on figs from the tree In The garden, talked to Mr Lewis , an elderly gentleman of charm, a frequent visitor at Jacobs.
I spent most of my childhood in Brightlingsea. My father owned several businesses in the town, Relf's Fruiterers in New Street and Victoria Place and the Happy Shopper shop for a time. I have wonderful memories of sitting on potato sacks in the 'back room' whilst the beetroot cooker steamed away and running up and down Hall Cut on a barrow with my sister, and watching my dad waltz the ladies around the shop to Max Bygraves music! Maskells (the newsagent next door) was great for emergency sweets! Even when we moved away, due to the shops we were always in Brightlingsea, spending most of our summers at the beach hut and swimming pool. I don't have any reason to visit Brightlingsea now as Dad retired from the shop well over 12 years ago - but I often think fondly of it!
I was born at 10 North Rd in 1936 My grandparents house[Harry & Maude Hammond. My mother Mabel Williams[nee Hammond] worked in James Shipyard during war then Telephone Exchange.remarried George Genever[who was buyer at Aldous Shipyard] in 1947.We lived at 15 Eastern rd then 2 Ladysmith Avenue.Brightlingsea was a great place to spend your childhood,either by the water or in the countryside, My best mates where Eric Woods,Jim Crosby and Colin Francis [Lost touch with all of them]. The pictures [all of them] brought back many happy memories,Since leaving Brightlingsea in 1957 I have travelled all over the world and now live in Morecambe Lancashire, I would like to hear from anyone who remembers me,
I was brought up at 110 High Street then at the top of Backwaterside Lane. My Grandparents were William and Louisa Barrenger. My Mum Mabel Barrenger (later Mabel Dutton) was born at 9 Hurst Green. Many of my family were all born there including my sister and two brothers. One of the things I can remember about the High Street is the fair ...Read full memory