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Memories of Raydon
The Lost Cat
Some years ago (lots of ago) we obtained a cat from the R.S.P.CA. My sons were delighted for a while but just after lunch a son, with tears running down his face, blurted out that the cat had disappeared. We all started hunting starting with our house. The search widened and widened but still no sign of the cat.
We all went home feeling sad as it seemed the cat disappeared totally. We had a quiet tea and told the boys we would get them another cat. A bit later there was vast "whoop" of happiness from upstairs.
Our eldest son had decided to change clothes and had pulled out a drawer in his chest of drawers further than normal. There, right at the back, sound asleep in his clothes was the cat!
Everything was happy again and the cat was warned not to be so silly in future but she took no notice of us, doing what she wanted, whenever... Read more
My aunt Jessie (King) lived in the house on the left of the picture from around 1920 to 1954. In 1954 she moved out and my uncle Sidney (Edwards) ( her brother) moved into the house and turned it into a little tea room come snack bar. It was very popular with the kids at that time who could spend a few pence on a bottle of pop and a packet of crisps. The house next to the tea room was a bakers, owned by Mr Stow.
My Very Best Friend Janet King Who Became Janet Fenn
My best friend was Janet King. She was such fun and had a great personality. We cycled everywhere in those days and I have very fond memories of Flatford and swimming at the bridge. I lived in Mistley but loved staying at Burnt Oak. I wonder if Janet is still alive. I worked for a few years at BX plastics in the office. Would appreciate a reply from anyone who knew Janet. I remember her uncle too..and her father returning from war best wishes Thelma nee Edwards
Willy Lott's Cottage
I owned a large picture of 'The Haywain' which for many years hung on my living room wall. During the 1980s I was lucky enough to visit the cottage and it was like walking into the painting; it was magical!
Hi I am from New Zealand and from information I have my ancestors came from Semer the male name is johnson and the Female maiden name was Cuthbert, the only info I have indicates that they lived there in the mid 1700's i would be plesed to know any information about the town etc or if any Johnsons or Cuthberts still live there thank you Don Johnson
Joseph Culling was my Great Great Grandfather, he was born in Offton in 1819. He married an Eliza who was born in 1802 in Semer, they had 4 children, Charles, Emma, Patience and Dinah (my great grandmother). Does anyone know of this family, they are very elusive and I cannot find many references to them.
The Carpenters of Boxford
I would like to add a memory of Boxford, no, wonderful memories that I have of Boxford 65 years ago.
As a child of four, I was evacuated with my grandmother Mary Jane Farthing, nee Carpenter, to Boxford to stay with her parents, my great Grandmother Mary and Grandfather Charles Carpenter at Tinywent Corner - a little cottage with a well and a toilet way up the end of the garden.
The start of this adventure suddenly went haywire when the train stopped at Marks Tey, and we had to walk the rest of the way to Boxford.
Looking up Swan Street, the school I attended would have been behind me, and also the village hall. This was our meeting place on a Saturday morning to see the silent black and white pictures with somebody playing the piano.
Moving up Swan Street, the first house on the right was rented out to my great uncle Eddy and great aunt Flo. (Her Yorkshire pudding and gravy, cooked on paraffin stove was... Read more