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Historic maps of Hilgay and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all Hilgay maps
Hilgay area books
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Memories of Hilgay
Born in Hilgay
I was born in 1937 and lived in Hilgay until 1949. I think I had an idyllic early childhood living in Hilgay. So many memories of swimming in the river in summer. Shopping for a new dress at "Auntie" Barbara Dent's little shop to wear on a school trip--it was a deep pink! Piano lessons at Mrs. Kisby's at Manby House. Walking down to Uncle Algy' Palmer's Fish and Chip shop. Mrs. Simonds teaching Sunday school at the school and receiving a picture stamp for attending--I still have my books. Looking around the churchyard graves at my granddad Palmer's grave and being so impressed because it was completely covered in black marble. Then finding my grandma and granddad Green's graves. Rumour was if you stuck a pin in the church door, ran around the building 3 times a ghost would come out. We never made it to the 3rd round! Walking across the street to the school canteen. Sorting out and receiving used coats... Read more
Cindy And Family .... And The Lovely Robert
I remember you all living in the Ferguson's house ... Cindy brought us candy from the base and we would all congregate on the playing field. Robert was such a lovely guy - I still keep a picture of him in my kitchen, and have a t-shirt that he wrote on - it was such a loss when he died ... His sister Le'anne is still around, his brother Reuben still lives in Hilgay - and named his son after Robert. His brother Frank lives in Southery. It's nice that you still remember him, I will tell Le'anne when I see her, she will be pleased. Hope you are all well.
Life in The Country
I was stationed in the USAF at RAF Lakenheath. I resided at Church View, Church Road with my wife, 3 daughters, and our 3 Shelties. My oldest daughter Cindy learned to ring bells at the church and was sweet on a local boy, Robert Pepper, who was killed early in life on a motorcycle. My den turned into a local gathering place for the teens in the village and I thoroughly enjoyed my tour, the people in the town and the wonderful view of the church from our front gardens. I will always cherish the memorys of the English countryside and the Fens.
Hilgay Village Shop
I attended Downham Market Grammar School between 1953 and 1956, when I left to start work. I lived at Fincham, but was a friend of Cedric Peto (whom we nickmamed Pedro). His parents kept the village shop and I used to visit them regularly as a friend of their son. The Petos had a radiogram - the first one I ever came across. Being the 1950s it was the start of the Rock-and-Roll era ,Cedric and I were great fans of the music. He had many of the new records (the old vinyl ones) and we spent many happy hours listening to them in thier living room. We both left school at the same time. "Pedro" was also the first of my class to buy a car. If I remember correctly it was a Morris Minor and we used to tour round the area (I suppose it would be called "posing" these days) looking for girls! Happy Days! Unfortunately we lost track of each other. I went to work on... Read more
Working For Dents Transport
I worked for Dents Transport from September 1986 until late May1998 almost the end of the company. Sad to see it go. I must have enjoyed working for them to have stayed so long, so many stayed much longer. The trouble is there are no photos to commemorate the length of time that Dents ran. A lot of villagers worked for the company.
Hi, we have bought a property 75 yards from Ali Dent's the butcher, a little red-brick house in 'The Yard' belonging to a Mr Howlett. I wonder if you remember the cottage? If you're interested I can send you some pictures of the cottage and the area, we find it lovely and rent the cottage to holiday-makers. Have you any pictures?
Living in Hilgay
Hi, My father was in the airforce and we stayed at Hilgay for about 12 months.. I don`t remember much about the stay but I remember we lived next door to Dents, it was a transport company, I also remember going to school, and I have some photos somewhere of a sports day at the school..Sorry I can`t help with more memories.
I now live in Western Australia and happened to find this site while looking around places I have been to.. If I do find th Pics I will send them to you..
All the best.. Peter..