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Great Grandfather Finemore

I have just discovered that my great grandfather William L Finemore was born in Knacker's knowle, Egg Buckland in 1841. He later moved to Gosport in Hampshire where he married Mary and had 5 children, one of which was my paternal grandmother.

I'm interested to know if there are any Finemore's still living in the area who could be possible relatives?

Plympton Station - Holiday Memories

Railway Station 1898, Plympton
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My grandparents, my mother's parents, lived in Vicarage Road, Plympton until 1962 when they moved to Moorland Avenue. As children we always spent our holidays with them and I have early memories of accompanying my father or grandfather in the 1950´s to the road bridge overlooking the station to watch the trains go by. Bells ringing in the signal box and then signals moving into the "off position" signalled an aproaching train, steam of course. Up trains from Plymouth roared through in order to attack Hemerdon bank but down trains to Plymouth were moving more sedately due to the speed restriction on the curve just to the north of the station. In 1958, aged 10, I was allowed to go alone to trainspot on the station but alas it was closed in March in 1959. Plympton station was the starting point for days out to Teignmouth and Paignton. Other attractions nearby were the Tory Brook, which I called the "white water" due to its colour as it rose near the china clay... Read more

Merrafield Road

My grandparents, Annie and Charles Edwards, used to live in Merrafield Road where I would visit them during the middle 50's to early 60's. I mostly remember how their back garden sloped sharply downhill and this gave rise to a cellar with a sloping floor, accessible from the back of the house. The front of the house faced open meadows which sloped up to a line of trees. In the meadows were 2 or 3 large craters which I believe were the result of bombing from WW2. My cousin and I used to play in these craters. I remember the long walk uphill from the station at the top, which Merrafield would be to off to the left and Saltram House to the right. The neighbours on one side were Mr & Mrs Barwick who had 2 sons, who I think were called Richard and Roy. Walking the other way down into the village was a bakers shop called Friendships. Does anybody else remember the craters... Read more

My First Memories

I was born in Garden Village, Billacombe in 1944 and lived there until I was 8 years old. My memories are very strong of walking up Pleasure Hill to Sunday School at Pomphlet, walking to and from Goosewell Infant School and buying cream buns from Goodbodys Bakery on the way home. We lived with my grandparents who kept chickens, had wonderful apple trees, raspberry bushes and gooseberries in their garden. Summers were very colourful. We did not own a car and my mother used to walk us to all the woods in the district such as Staddiscomb, Radford, Saltram and Colesdown where picking primroses and bluebells were a strong feature of my memory. I have always been haunted by Dickens 'A Christmas Carol' after seeing Plymstock School's version in a Christmas concert. These were the days when steam trains ran on many branch lines and my most vivid memory was of catching the train to Steer Point and collecting shells for the chickens. We owned a caravan at Bovisand where we spent a lot of... Read more

East Stonehouse - 1800

My great great great great grandfather Charles Penery, was born at East Stonehouse in 1800/01. He was buried at Ford Park Cemetry in 1874. He married Mary Ann Penery (nee Baskerville) born in 1801. She was burried at Ford Park Cemetry in 1887. They lived in Francis Place and Fore Steet and raised three sons, William James Penery (born 1826), Thomas Edwin Penery (born 1832), Richard Penery (born 1835) and a daughter Mary Jane Baskerville Penery (born 1840). My great great great grandfather William James Penery, had a son Charles William James Penery born in 1852 who had a son called Ernest Luscombe Penery born in 1884. I would be pleased to hear from anyone with memories of, or if related to, this family. Warren Penery South Africa warrenpenery@gmail.com

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