Roper's Shop, Cambridge Street c1965, St Neots
Memories of Roper's Shop, Cambridge Street c1965, St Neots
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My family moved to Ferrers Avenue in the late 50's and I still remember most of the people who lived there. In the days before both sides were cluttered up with parked cars we would play rounders using 4 trees as posts, all the children and a some of their parents would take part. Chips from the van and fizzy drinks from the Corona lorry to finish the week. Good times. I do wish they wouldn't cut the trees back like they do now, that also is a sign of the times with people not wanting sap on the cars, never used to be a problem in my young days
Freemans Jewlwers Shop.
My father, Mr Childerley, worked here during the mid 50's serving as an apprentice carpenter, working for the firm Evans and Sons in Cambridge Street. A school master lived in the Jeweller's before the work was carried out. Dad thinks the master was called Mr Gilson. When the restoration work was being carried out in the mid 50's, the chimney fell down. Dad's fellow workers found a large space/ hole in the chimney breast which his fellow workers suspected was a priest hole. But what was found in the hold dad does not know.
St Neots Paper Mill, Wartime
My grandfather, Charles Lawrence, was manager of the St Neots paper mill during much of the 1940s. He formerly worked at the Dover mill and brought a great many workers from there to St Neots in (I believe) 1939. While at St Neots, he and my grandmother resided in a lovely house on the banks of the Ouse in Eynesbury where, during the war, various members of their family also dwelt. Me too. I was born in the house in 1943.
I Attended Here in The Late 50s And Early 60s
I remember St Marys when Mr Naylor if im right was the headmaster when i left to go to Longsands in 1962. At easter and Christmas we use to go to St Marys church opposite for services. There was some prefab classrooms at the back and you still had ink and milk monitors, i cannot remember the name of the teachers so if any one can please add them to this memory. Many thanks David Matzk age 56.
My Great-Grandfather The Papermill Manager
My great-grandfather Ogilvie Bricknall was the manager of this mill at the turn of the century. He was a great papermaker and had moved to St Neots with his family from Longforgan in Perthshire. His son James was assistant manager in 1911 and the mill employed his two daughters as clerks.