North Tidworth memories
Great Times in Tidworth
I lived in Tidworth in Wylie Road from 1966 to early 1968. Of course we were an army family. I remember some guys; Woody (Nigel Wood) & his elder brother Steven (also known as Woody). There was Gilly & Crow who hailed from South Tidworth. I remember the cinema & the bowling alley. There was a local band known as 'The Poppy People' who had a regular gig at - if my memory serves me well - a social club in Lucknow Barracks. We (Woody & I) went to Tidworth Down School. The regular dinnertime activity was to nip over to Castle School to meet up with the girls. Over the road from Tidworth Down was an old RAF base where we learnt to ride the motorbikes we had re-built in the metalwork shop as part of our Friday project. I also have memories of wandering across Salisbury Plain for days living off the army rations that we found buried after army exercises. I have fond memories of Tidworth & was sorry... Read more
1978 - First Work Place
I left Castle Down School and started work in the sub post office in Station Road in 1978. I remember the milkmen coming in with all their weekly takings! Worked for John Collins and with Heather Andrews. A great job even if I did have to work Saturday mornings, all for the princely sum of £22 before tax.
At School in Tidworth Bulford And Tidworth Down.
We came back to Tidworth in 1944 from South Africa where we had been evacuated to from Egypt via Palestine in 1940. Father had been repatriated from Stalag VIIIB and was posted to BMH Tidworth. We lived in New Zouch Avenue and I went to school, then aged 10, in the Garrison School in the barracks. I remember behind the school was the American PX and the 'Yanks' would throw us sweets over the fence... 'lifesavers'. After about a year father was posted to the MRS in Bulford, opposite the Kiwi School, and we moved into a wooden hut behind the MRS. I then went to the Army School in Bond St. When the school leaving age was raised to 15, I was only fourteen and we all had then to spend the extra year at Tidworth Down. We were taken there every day in a canvas covered TCV. When father left the army in about 1946 we moved to Ludgershall, living at South View. After leaving school... Read more
Tidworth Down School
My brother, Terry Vivash attended Tidworth Down School from 1948 until around 1950 when he was accepted for the Adcroft School of Building in Trowbridge. Terry passed away in 2007 but, amongst his effects I found a certificate awarded to him as a member of the Tidworth Down School 4X400 relay team which came first in the county sports at Trowbridge. The school or rather its successor is now Wellington Academy ie under a government scheme and the sponsorship of the famous Wellington College public school - it has been transformed into one of the best and most exciting non-selective state schools in the country.
I Think This Should be Zouch Cottages
I was born at 601 Zouch cottages (which may possibly be in this photograph) in 1955, the address was changed later to 46, Nepal Road, I think probably in about 1960 and my Nan and Aunt lived at 8, Nepal Road down the hill. I funnily enough also remember Barbara Harris (lovely redheaded girl if I remember correctly who lived half way between my house and my Nan's) and I certainly have memories of sliding down the steep banks that surrounded the football pitch above the barracks - so Linda Pratt and me may have shared a tray. We moved from Tidworth in 1965.
My father was in the Army stationed a Bulford in the Command Supply Depot. We lived in one of the houses in a complex called The Albany now (Aldi). I attended the C of E school at Hampshire Cross and later Tidworth Down school. I remeber the construction of the swimming pool, the brains behind that was Tom Tuxford who sadly is no longer with us. One of my biggest friends was John West, I also knew his sister Rose. I used to spend a lot of time at John's house. Some of my other friends were Brian Luckham, Geoffrey Gamble, Sheila Smith, Dawn Skinner and William Nutter, all of whom lived nearby. I had many happy times in Tidworth and was sad to leave. I was then interested in girls and was very fond of Sheila. I moved to Chester in 1962 and still live in the area. The remainder of my school years and teens were less enjoyable.
I can remember running along this road from Tidworth Down Boys School to the Ram pub and back to the school with the PE teacher a Mr Williams shouting at us from his car. This would have been in the late 1960s. I lived in Sidbury Circular Road but when we moved in it was Nuns Walk and we lived in the last house, then they built the estate and renamed the road. My first school was the Garrison school opposite the Garrison theatre
Tidworth in The Mid 1950's
I attended this school in September of 1953 until December 1954, when I left and went to Salisbury College of Further Education. My father was in the army and we came back from Germany in July 1953 to live in married quarters at Clarendon Terrace, the regiment being in Bhurtpore Barracks. We went to Jordan in Feb 1956 but came back to UK in August 1956 because of the dangerous situation out there. We returned to Tidworth in July 1957 to Clarendon Terrace again, the regiment going into Aliwal Barracks. I got a job at W.H. Smith in Station Road and worked there until July 1959 when my Dad left the army and we moved to Rutland. I still go back to Tidworth every few years as I still have friends there from those days, I now live in Canada. There have been many changes over the years, but Tidworth basically remains the same, except for the barbed wire!! And of course, all... Read more
I moved there when I was six, to number 56, right at the end, the last house in the road.I left there in 1982 after 14 very happy years. I can still remember most of the familes who lived there at the time, I have great childhood memories.
North Tidworth, Station Road
I remember playing cricket on the green here. The cinema across the road was where we once listened to Norman Wisdom - from the outside, we couldn't get in aged 12!
I visited this road July 2009 for the first time since then, and was horrified that a Tesco now stands where we played. But Furze Hill Road remains exactly as it was when I watched England win the 1966 World Cup. New windows on the houses of course, but the hill at the top of the road, then just grass, now has trees all over.
We moved in 1948 and on return to visit friends my mother and I were told that someone we knew had "won the pools" and had "run off then with the barmaid from this pub". I believe he won only a couple of hundred because next year he had returned and life was as normal.
Joan Battershill (was Norman)
Flooding in These Cottages
I lived with my parents in Zouch Avenue nearby but did go to school with a girl who lived in one of these cottages. The River Bourne is/was directlyopposite and every winter it overflowed, ran across the road and flooded the downstairs of these cottages. The pianola lived permanently on a pile of bricks. The way upstairs here was a ladder in a cupboard. I did envy that child as I was only about 5 myself. The same families through the generations seemed to occupy these cottages but they were all pulled down when I last visited. They also had outside bucket toilets and every Wednesday afternoon the emptying lorry came and the smell standing at the bus stop opposite was quite dreadful. Buses came hourly to Andover.
Choir Practice in This Churchu
My friends and I were all in the choir here - I think it outnumbered the congregation usually. We had to share a vicar with Ludgershall. Choir practice was on a Friday evening. When the War ended in 1945 they were desperate for bellringers so us kids all got to help. It was not much of a holy peal though.
I spent many happy sumer days sitting on the ivy covered wall outside waiting for Sunday School to start. My father's funeral service was conducted here in 1947 as the Military Cemetery does not have a church closer to it. The vicar's name was a Mr. Miller He was a lovely Christian man and always came to the wedding receptions after he had married the couple.
My mum Dorothy Elizabeth Pratt was born in Nepaul Road in 1927. I was born in Salisbury Infirmary in 1950 and lived with my mum and granny and grandad (Bill and Eileen Pratt), I had a great time when I was little playing on the Garrisons football pitch, I use to sit in a tray and slide down the hill onto the pitch. The Ghurkhas were posted at the Garrison at the time and they were so friendly. My best friend Barbara Harris lived down the road with her family. My grandad worked in the office at Bulford Camp sorting out the supplies. He use to come home at 1pm for his dinner, and then the big army lorry would come and pick him up and take me with him. I always remember, even though I was only about 4 years old, I was left in the office on my own for a few minutes, but in that time I managed to stamp... Read more
Great Grandad James Henry Swindells
My gt. Grandad was a steam engine driver of the Army stationed in Tidworth. He lived on the corner of Pennings Rd and Coronation Rd . His house was the large house on the left of the junction. I am seeking records of him and looking for his grave. My dad has his death certificate saying buried in the Devizes area in Pewsey. He was married to Alice Jackman of Ludgershall, who died in the 20's. His daughters were Edith Amelia May Swindells, and my gran Mary Gwendoline Swindells. His steam engine was either Molly or Betty. Anyone know James or Mary Swindells
Friends in North Tidworth
My best friend Barbara Harris, who I have not seen since I was 14 years old.
Finally last week we re-united, thanks to my Auntie Olive who lives in Andover now.
The years just rolled back an I recognised her and she recognised me, we could not stop hugging and looking at each other.
This is a friendship which has survived an absence of 40 years.
Memories of Wiltshire
Tidworth in War Time
My parents, younger brother and I moved to Tidworth in 1938 when I was 3 and my brother 1 year old. I was born in Collingbourne Ducis and we spent a very short time in Ludgershall but, as I understand it, the new council houses were too damp so my father was allocated one of the new War Department houses in Nepaul Road, then known as Zouch Cottages. Owing to his pre-war military experience, my dad was soon called up and joined the RAOC, but later was commissioned into the newly formed REME. My brother and I attended the North and South Tidworth School at the bottom of Station Road and delighted in the daily crossing from Wiltshire into Hampshire. A friend called, as I remember, Fitch was the son of a draper who had a shop and house half of which was in each County. Apart from a stick of bombs dropped on Matthew Barracks, Tidworth did not come under attack but we youngsters got plenty... Read more
Tidworth Garrison Theatre
My grandfather Herbert Pickernell opened the Garrison Theatre Tidworth in 1909. comming over from the Empire Theatre Swindon. On his retirement in 1947 my father Kenneth Pickernell took over the management, until 1987. I then managed the theatre from 1987 until my retirement in 2010. Many famous people and well known artists appeared at the theatre. Both my grandfather and father kept a lot of archive material of Tidworth which I have continued to do. If anyone has any old photos, documents or items of Tidworth pre 1960 I would be grateful if you would donate them to our future Tidworth Museum. They will be logged in your name, which will be displayed with the item when placed in the museum My address is 7 Coronation Road Ludgershall Andover Hants SP11 9NN. I am at present the Tidworth Community Area Partnership Coordinator,and can be contacted on 01980 602030. Having been associated with Tidworth all my life I have many memories and stories to tell, both military and civilian. Look forward to hearing from anyone. Tony. Anthony.Pickernell195@btinternet.com... Read more
Does anyone remember my father Bill Hamilton and Flo (or Flossie) Hamilton stationed there just before the Second World War? My mother often mentioned Tidmouth x
Born in Tidworth
My dad was stationed in Tidworth some place at the time I was born. I have never been back (so to speak), I am not sure if we lived there for a short time or what. My family moved here to Canada in 1972. My family last name is Stanley and my dad's name is Keith.
You may remember me as your Mum's Avon Lady in 1970; you lived in Clare Court. I have so many memories, some photos of Bell Street. Oh, as an after-thought I can remember, wait for it... sequence dancing. My uncle's were; David New and Ralph, my mum is Barbara. Getting old, if you want I could name everyone in Bell Street. The alopments, knew who watch out for! Please answer, so sorry about your Dad. Take Care, Diane Holford, aka Sally-Ann, (Diane is my real name).
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