Memories of Broughton
The house on the left was occupied during the war by Miss Wall, who was the village ambulance driver, as and when required. The gates on the "new" cemetery are named in her memory. The box-like structure on the side of the house is where people used to wait for "the carrier", a horse and carriage, to go to the market in Salisbury on Tuesdays before there were buses.
The white house was the village cobbler's shop. He was Mr Steadman Russell, known always as "Stebbie". It was rumoured that it was possible to place a bet on a horse whilst he was closed for lunch by pushing the note (and the money!) through the letter box! I kept trying on behalf of my mother, but never saw the results. The house on the left is, I think, Fripps Cottage. The village playing field behind the Methodist Chapel was named "Fripp's Acre" in memory I believe of someone killed in the Great War; there was a statue in one corner. One of three bombs to fall on the village during the Second World War fell in another corner of the playing field without causing any damage.
This was the house occupied in the 1970s and 1980s by Sir John Colville, Assistant Private Secretary to 3 Prime Ministers, and Principal Private Secretary to Sir Winston Churchill when he was Prime Minister 1951-53 and in the 1940s to the then Princess Elizabeth. The church dates back until at least Norman ...Read full memory
Before being converted into a single house, probably in the 1960' or 1970s, there were three families living there, Mr and Mrs Feltham, Mrs May, and the Shears family. Before this, Mr and Mrs Cards lived there, and their son Leslie was born there. They later moved to a cottage about 100 yards behind the house shown, where I lived next door to them.