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Broadway Has Not Changed ! Though Woollies Has Gone.

Broadway c1955, Didcot
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My Family lived here in 1955.- Dad worked in Army Police, Mum was a Housewife. I remember riding on the back of my Mum"s bike - playing near the woods with my sister (prohibited!) - travelling on the last steam train to Wallingford, and having to walk 1/2 mile to school every day along Park Road (past the famous Tin Peas Factory). But the Best memory was buying my 1st 7 inch record for 1 shilling and 2 pence called "Portrait of my Love" sang by Mat Munroe at-- where you ask? Woolworths of course ! Agh the good old 50"s.

Kiln Cottage

Not so much a memory more a request. Does anyone remember a place called Kiln Cottage which I understand was an orchard/?farm? I had a postcard from my grandfather to my grandmother when he was in the forces address to 1 Kiln Cottage, Didcot. Very old members of the family (even older than me) remember visiting the farm as children. My grandparents were William Thomas and Elsie (or Alice) Dollimore. I would love to know if anyone had any memories as I am attempting my family tree. My email address is

Sheila Carrington

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Boot Inn 1955, Now The Old Boot, A Private House

The Boot Inn c1955, East Hagbourne
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Ceased operation as a pub in 1959. Now (2007) privately occupied by the Beran family. Previous owners were a builder who divided the land, the village schoolmaster, and the Jarvis'. A few relics of its pub days remain with serving hatches still visible and vertical planking in the hallway. The black rectangle to the left of the building was the privy, now gone. The large tree behind has gone but we have a Silver Birch of equal size by the front gate.

My Grandparents House!

My grandparents, H.W.G White and his wife Kathleen, lived at Wheatleys, were my sister and I spent our school holidays. Fond memories of the Hedgers, who lived at the hall. Miss Monk, from the little bungalow at the back of the Manor house, the Misses Huggins who lived at the Mill house, by the Mill stream, the smell of hot cross buns from the village shop, which was also a bakery. Hot cross buns could only be bought at Easter, not from September. The Light family, who worked for Uncle Tom Hedges, looking after the pigs, I can still see the stalls with sows and piglets. The cows walking through the village for milking, and the race horses going through for exercise. Happy memories, and love to see any photographs from 1939-1950s'.


The Village c1960, Long Wittenham
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High Street, looking towards the cross.

We lived in the next house to the Post Office/stores (with the Walnut tree on the left) from 1959 - 1976.

High Street c1955, Sutton Courtenay
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When my family moved to Sutton Courtenay in the 1960s this was the only shop left in the old part of the village. It was a fabulous place with big glass jars of sweets behind the counter, I used to visit here as soon as I received my pocket money! It was run by the Mussells, I think (pronounced 'Muzz-ells'). My sister got a job there on Saturdays. Unfortunately it eventually closed in the early 1980s.

The Village of Fond Childhood Memories (1955 )

High Street c1955, Sutton Courtenay
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I would have been three years old back then, living, as we did, at 77 High Street with my grandparents (the Dentons). Harry (my grandfather) used to keep bees and was regularly praised for his beautiful floral front garden. I, my brother (Desmond) and our parents later moved to Frilsham Street. The village is still my most favourite place in the entire world as it encapsulates all my cherished childhood memories. I left the village for work, aged 17, in 1969 but still seem to know it like the back of my hand decades later.

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