Great Houghton photos
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Great Houghton maps
Historic maps of Great Houghton and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all Great Houghton maps
Great Houghton area books
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Memories of Great Houghton
My great grandmother was born in Great Houghton in 1868. She married Charles Neville and moved to Swanscombe in Kent. She had four children at the time of the 1901 census, the eldest of whom was nine.
All I know is that her name was Lizzie! I need to do some research to find her maiden name and to see if any relatives of "Lizzie" live in the area.
I now live 20 miles from Great Houghton, having been born in Dartford, Kent. She and I have crossed paths!
I have wonderful memories of many summer holidays and of Christmas time, when the whole family gathered to stay in a house called Cestria with my aunt, Nellie and Marcus Webb. I remember a gardener called George, a driver called Bill Capon and a lady called Miss Donnely who made the most delicious food. The was a very big garden, where we played on green with a summer house either end of the green where we would have afternoon tea. I think that there was a walled vegetable garden, a glass house, a dark shed where mushrooms grew. I remember collecting eggs and carrying the freshly picked fruit and veg from the garden. My Christmas time memories are of people singing carols and being invited in to the house for goodies to eat and drink. I remember picking flowers from the garden and taking them to the church to decorate the alter. Such wonderful memories. We visited Overstone Country House where my god mother lived, her name was Margaret... Read more
I went to the old school now the village hall in 1969. I was there for 3 years as an infant before going to the new school on Martins Lane in 1972. The new school was opened in 1971 I believe as my sister was the first intake and I can just about remember it. It was definately not built in 1955 as the photo indicates.
I lived at 4 Ansell Way from 1965 until 1977 and had the most fantastic childhood there. I can remember joining the local Cubs & scouts which was based to the right of the old school down a pathway that now leads to Delepre golf course.
The school buried a time capsule in 1976 in the school grounds which contained objects of the day and letters from us kids. Not sure if it has since been found?
Mr Joe Deer was the Headteacher at the time along with teachers such as David Blake, Mrs Page, Mrs Sue Robjohns, Miss Beech,... Read more
Lost Family Knowledge
My maternal grandparents (Hales) lived in Rectory Cottage, Wootton, and my mother was married from there in St George the Martyr Church, in the village, to a local man John (Jack) Evans on December 26 1938. I have been led to believe that he, his father and brothers were bell ringers there and that they won awards for ringing record changes? As I am trying to trace my family tree I would be very grateful to anyone who knows anything re the two families could let me know.
School Holidays at Abington Park
I was born in 1951 in Lutterworth Road, Northampton just a 5 minutes' walk from one of the most beautiful parks in the country - Abington Park. Originally part of the Wantage family estate, it boasted a museum (formerly the Manor House), a church, three lakes, aviaries, and a bandstand. It was a truly magical place for a young boy in the 1950s. During the annual summer school holidays, I would be found with the rest of my Barry Road Primary School gang in the park (apart from the Aanual family holiday to Margate). An average day spent in the park would be something as follows: After breakfast I'd head for Sid Child's, the newsagents, on the corner of Lutterworth Road to buy my 'ammunition' (3 rolls of 1p caps) for my six-shooters and 'rations' (sweets - 1 lucky bag, 4 fruit salads, 4 black jacks). With my supplies I'd head to the 'Monkey House' in the park to meet the rest of the gang, I never quite found out what... Read more
My Mother's Cousin
When I was a child my friend and I used to go and stay with a cousin of my mother's and I'm quite sure this was at Little Billing. The name of the people was Gray and the lady's name was Gladys, (called Glad) and I have a photograph of her wedding. The man's may have been Bill, but I'm not sure.They lived on a farm that was near the Sewage Works and just down the road from a canal. I remember that there were Italian Prisoners of War working at another farm down the road. My surname at that time was Bellamy. If anyone out there remembers the Grays, my mother's name was May Capps from Burton Latimer.
Life in Northampton
I was a bus conductor then a bus driver on the United Counties from about 1963 to 1969 and operated out of Derngate. I saw all the little villages and small towns outside and met all the people. Great memories of that era. Does anyone remember The Swan, the local watering hole for the bus crews in those days? I had a bedsit at the Golf House in those days and it was a long walk to the garage in the morning or after the late shift at night. I remember driving the 'specials', taking the staff home from all the shoe factories at lunch time... great fun!