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My Great-Great-Grandparents in Cleeve Prior
My father's great-grandparents came from Cleeve Prior. George Huband born 1835, he married Amelia Burn, she was born 1841. His son William moved to the Birmingham area ,his son George had a son Willoughby Tom and his son William Charles was my dad. I did visit the church once two years ago but sadly could not find any headstone with the Huband name but am still holding out hope of finding a relative that still lives around there. I thought the church was so beautiful and the village too. I will visit again and hopefully meet someone who can give me some information relating to my family.
Little Aquarel Painting by Grace Hawkins, Early 1900
I found an old brown booklet entitled "Souvenir of Cleeve- Prior" with 11 sights of the village and also enclosed the aquarel of Mrs Grace Hawkins. Is that a local painter? Can I obtain more info?
I was raised in Broadway from a baby until I married in 1970. My parents, Gordon and Joan Harrison owned and ran the Broadway Coaches Ltd at Yew Tree House, just above this photo. Behind the house we kept many coaches which took the local children to schools in the area and many day trips. My grandfather had a garage on the village green selling petrol and local taxis. we were always busy. The car in the picture looks like ours - it had 2 tone colours with white on the centre tyres. I used to race up and down this path on my foot scooter with my brother, we knew most people in the village and it was very happy days. There were all the shops you would want including a pet shop, centre of photo, below this a grocery shop then a vegetable shop and a wool, underwear, haberdashery shop and behind the car, Christine's Dress shop. Behind the artist was Arnolds general store... Read more
I first set foot in Broadway in March 1964. I was a scared young Danish girl visiting my boyfriend's family for the first time, they were Herbert and Joyce Milner who lived at 'Wormington Brake' on the road to Wormington. I loved the village, then a quiet, cosy place with old fashioned values. There was a shop for everything; I especially liked the little bookshop next to what used to be The Midland Bank. It was a very different time, and as my first experience of England, Broadway made me fall even more in love with Peter. Alas, he is no more, after 40 lovely years, he passed away, but looking at the pictures from 1960, I can still see us walking along, so young and happy.
Growing up in Broadway
I was raised in Broadway during the 1920s and 1930s. I had an idyllic childhood with freedom to explore the surrounding countryside including free access to the tower. I went to the village school and was in the church choir. Part of my job as choirboy was to walk alongside the wooden bier carrying coffins at funerals, particularly those of children who had died. It made me feel terribly unhappy.
Sadly, we moved away when I was about 12 to live in London. I always dreamed of retiring to Broadway and this wish came true when in the 1970s I bought a B&B and ran it with my wife. We had a great time and I got to re-unite with friends who had never left the village from 50 years before!
I still visit Broadway, it's beautiful - and smells sweeter - we didn't have so many cars back in the 1920s, just horses and lots and lots of horse dung down the high street! I've written all my... Read more
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