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My Great Grandfather
The man in this photograph is quite possibly my Great-Grandfather. The family name is 'Wye' and he was the lock keeper at St. Catherines lock during the late 1800's early 1900's the family lived in the lock keepers cottage on the River Wey, where they ran a little tuck shop on the river bank. He also operated a punt (known as the St. Catherines ferry) to take people across the river to the golden sands at St. Catherines hill. My Grandmother Ada Reffold (nee) Wye was married in St. Nicolas Church , Guildford to Henry Reffold in the 1920's and taken by punt down the River Wey in her wedding dress from the cottage to the church for the service.
Bluebells And Carols
I lived in Guildford as a child, and every spring my father used to take me to St Martha's to pick bluebells in the woods at the foot of the hill. It was a sheet of blue, and however many we picked it looked the same.
In the 1940s I attended the Girls Grammar School in Guildford (opposite the Royal Surrey County Hospital). I sang in the main choir and in the "small" choir. With the latter I went to St Martha's every Christmas to sing carols. It was a cold walk to the top of the hill, and pretty chilly in the church as well.
Just A Child of 12 When.........
My friends Carole, Linda & I would go to this roof top garden for a glass of orange juice. We were only 12 at the time and this garden was on the top of Harvey Department Store in the High Street. We would sit at the seats in this picture and watch as there were many goldfish swimming in the water there and made for a very relaxing sit in the sun.
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