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Memories of Cavendish
Cavendish The Wheelwright
My 3rd great grandfather lived here and was a wheelwright, his name was William Spencer and he was married to Hannah Hammond b 1796 . Her father and mother were Jeremiah Hammond b 1749 and his wife Mary Brown b 1760. William's son Robert moved to Croydon for work with his wife Harriet Parkinson. My great grandfather Herbert Spencer was born 1857 in Croydon and my grandfather Henry Spencer born 1886 Milton Road and my father Harry Sidney Spencer b 1909 Bute Road, Croydon, he married my mother Margaret Curren b 1912 from Gateshead in 1936 at Croydon Parish Church. I was born 6 Brampton Road Croydon on 6.6.1946, now live in Auckland, NZ, with my twin sons Daniel and Philip and husband Barry Cavanagh.
Fond Memories of Clare
I was with the RAF stationed at Stradishall and only just married and searched for a place to live at Clare. Coming from London I found the pace of life was in a much lower gear than I had been used too but it did not take me long to fall into this new way of life. We rented a nice little flat on the Market Hill above a shoe shop belonging to the Mugg family. Mrs Mugg and her daughter Florence worked in the shop whilst Mr Mugg was a cobbler and had his workshop at the end of the building just inside my front door which faced Station Road.
As my weekly pay at that time was only £3.10.0 (£3.50) I found myself a casual job for a Saturday and when on leave with a Don Thopmson and his son Paul at their garage at Nethergate Street repairing motor cars for the princely sum of 10/- (50p) a day, how well off I felt at the time. My... Read more
Corner Shop Opposite Lion Hotel
I vaguely remember visiting the corner shop seventy years ago. Not sure if the owners were relatives or just friends of my grandparents. If anyone knows who lived there and operated the shop in the 1940s the information would be appreciated. David, in Napa, California
Childhood Memories of Belchamp Walter
I was born in 1953 and lived at Largess Farm in Belchamp Walter. My surname then was Branwhite.My father was Fred Branwhite, a farmer. I went to the village school whenIi was 5 years old. It was a small school, with only two classrooms and toilets outside....very cold in the winter! Tables would be put up in the classroom for lunch...which was delivered in a van. I think there were only about twenty children in the school when I was there. I remember when, arriving at school on cold winter mornings, we would stand around the 'turtle' stove and warm our freezing cold hands before lessons started. The headmistress, also a teacher, was Mrs Pearson. I remember her as a lovely lady with white hair. The school closed when I was about 10 years old, and we had to go to Belchamp St Pauls primary school... by bus. There was a shop in the centre of the village then, where I used to spend my 6d (old money) pocket money......which... Read more
My Time at Belchamp Walter School
I was very interested to read Elisabeth's account.I used to teach at Belchamp Walter School and have many happy memories of my time there with Mrs Pearson, she was a remarkable person. Married to a local farmer, she gave birth to a baby girl during my time there and Miss Meadows took over the running of the school for a short time. I can remember many of the children who were there and wonder what became of them all. It was a small school and although the facilities were rather primitive it was a happy place. When the weather was very cold we all pulled up our chairs and worked around the old tortoise stove which gave out a good heat. I lived 11 miles away and used to cycle to work every day. I later acquired a small moped known as a corgi which made things easier .I remember a Rosemary Branwhite and wonder if she was connected to Elisabeth.
My family lived in Hawkedon from about the mid-1880s and came from Kirtling, Cambs. I know that they ran the Queen's Head and I think my grandmother helped to teach at the local school. My mother's family (Bacon) were all born at Langley Farm. I don't think it is called that now and wonder if anyone has any memories of this family. I did visit the house some years ago with a cousin and my mother, and the family were very kind and allowed us to look around, which gave my mother so much pleasure. If the same family still live there I would like to thank them. Sadly my mother passed away in 2000 at the age of 84 but I cannot forget the look on her face when she was invited into the house in which she was born!