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Horfield maps

Historic maps of Horfield and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all Horfield maps

Horfield photos

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Horfield area books

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Memories of Horfield

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Keys Avaenue And Filton Avenue

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Horfield Old Boys

Does any one remember me? My name is Robert Cox. I lived at 47 Sheridan Road right next to the lane that went down to the tip (now built on). I went to Upper Horfield School and I still remember my first day at the school in Miss Heap's class, the music teacher was Mrs Greenslade. I can still recall the smell of freshly picked flowers in their vases at the school in the spring. My next door neighbour on one side was Mrs Smith and on the other side of the lane was Mrs Brown. It was in Mrs Brown's garden that I used to go and pick mint for the Sunday dinner as the bottom of her garden adjoining the tip was full of the stuff. I believe her son visited some times and they had a poodle. I spent most of my time then playing with the Hanhams who lived two doors up, Les and Mike, the parents were called John and Barbara who were good friends with my... Read more

Avon memories

Embleton Infants And Primary Schools

I attended Embleton Infants School and Embleton Junior Mixed School which were structurally attached but otherwise separate from September 1957 until July 1963. At that time the staff were very respectable and I liked almost all the teachers. The headmistress of Embleton Infants School was Miss Reece (this was how she was addressed but I never saw her name spelt). She was a middle aged kindly lady who wore spectacles and usually a smart matching skirt and jacket. Pupils were admitted at 5 years of age. Milk crates with 1/3 pint milk bottles were left by the steps outside the large main entrance doorway every morning with a box of waxed paper straws provided and the pupils were all encouraged to drink a bottle. Many pupils did not like milk, as I myself did not then, and so some pupils, usually girls, would drink more than one bottle. We were taught to read with 'Janet and John' booklets and simple arithmetic. We enjoyed building dens outside with numerous short wooden... Read more

Bell Ringing

Holy Trinity Church c1960, Westbury-On-Trym
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Approximatly 1949 - 50 I well remember going into the bell tower with my father, who was one of the regular bell ringing team. The tower entrance was through the small door just to the right of the main church door and was then a long climb up a narrow stone circular stairway to the floor just below the clock level, which was where the bells were rung from. The bells were mounted on the floor above which I guess, was another 20 - 24 feet up. From memory I think there was 6 or 8 major bells plus 1 small bell.

Elmlea in 1976

Elmlea Primary School c1965, Westbury-On-Trym
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I used to teach at Elmlea from the mid 1970s to 1984 and have a photo I took from virtually the same viewpoint in 1976 - in colour! A group of about 8 of us -teachers, classroom assistants and secretary from that era (Mr Hills was the Head) still meet twice a year and remember our days working there very fondly.   

A Memory Of Westbury Village 1

The two principal grocery shops in Westbury village, as it was still usually called, in the late 1950s and early 1960s were the Co-operative grocery by the corner of Church Road -- the Co-operative butcher on the left was adjoining though separate and actually on the corner (later the site of both shops became the Co-operative Funeral Service) and the smaller Mumford's facing. My mother always used the Co-operative grocery because it included a milk delivery with blue or red plastic milk checks (one blue check was the value of a pint of whole milk) bought in the shop, a grocery delivery usually on Tuesday afternoons and their dividend if one was a member as she was. Mumford's were rivals and struggled because they could not offer products at such low prices but did deliver too. My aunt favoured them because she had gone to them before the Co-operative grocery existed and knew they valued every customer. Eventually, about 1964, they were forced out of business. They employed four... Read more

A Memory Of Westbury Village 2

After Townsend's chemist shop was Hudderstone's which was a family business and Mrs Hudderstone pleasantly sold sweets, lemonades, ice cream and newspapers in the front of the shop and Mr Hudderstone undertook men's hairdressing at the rear. The business closed in about 1961. Mr Hudderstone was sometimes rather too fond of chatting and leaving customers needlessly waiting. This is the reason my father and I stopped having our hair cut there. On the corner of College Road in the old castle building was William Evans, the vet. He was said to be unqualified and seemed to rely on penicillin but his fee was small and he was most charming. On the opposite corner was a shop which sold pet foods and some garden products run by a friendly florid faced very stout man. Then in the next shop further up the High Street was Walter Long, an ironmonger. His storehouse was facing across the road. Walter Long had fought in North Africa during WWII and like most shopkeepers then was... Read more

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