Memories of Brook
I and my two brothers grew up in Brook during the late 1940's, the 50's & 60's; our house was more or less behind the telegraph pole to the right of the picture. Mr Pembury ran the Post Office and Stores (thats his van outside). We had this picture at home (as a post-card) and mum always said that the child seen in the middle of the picture was my younger brother, Christopher. We walked to and from the village school, set at the top of Spelders Hill at the southern end of the village - the school is shown on one of the other Francis Frith photos of Brook and the school hasn't changed very much; nor has most of the village. A few newer properties have been built in the intervening years but most of the village remains unchanged.
I lived at no.3 Naccolt cottages 1940/45 and walked every day to Brook school and remember well the Ms Avery and Cooling , these were the best years of my childhood -- and learnt a lot too ! I have visited a few times since and really not much has changed apart from a few more houses on the old brickyard site --- many happy days ...Read full memory
My earliest memories must have been around 1958 when I started school at Brook CP school at the top of Spelders Hill. There were two teachers; Miss Archer and Miss Cooling. My family lived in Natslane in a bungalow designed by my father. My maiden name was Elliott.