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The Bridge c1960, Totnes

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The Bridge c1960, Totnes Ref: T66088

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#11 Station Road Family 1916 Till Present

My family, the Wicketts, were the first family to move into #11 Station Road, just after it was built. I believe not long before my father, Wilfred, was born in 1916, or prehaps just after his birth(?). My cousin, Margret Coish, nee - Margret Clay and her husband Robert Coish now own #11, making it a family owned house since it was built! The first Wicketts to live there where, my Granma and Granpa-- Mr. & Mrs. Wickett and their chidren, Jack(1912),my Dad- Wilfred(1916), Les(1921) and my lovely(Aunt)- Winifred known as Winnie Wickett later to be known as Winnie Clay born lastly in 1922. They lived a perfectly peaceful, loving, family Totnes life till W.W.2. They all served in the forces from the start to the end of the war including dear Aunt Winnie, for 3 years in the WACs, where she meet, fell in love and married Les Clay. My thoughts of this photo, taken outside of #1 Station Road, at the drinking fountain are as follows. In 1922... Read more

Bridgetown Bridge

The Bridge c1955, Totnes
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The consensus in the Albert Inn is that the gent with a folded coat under his arm is Owen MacLening, with his nephew Bill behind him. The youngster with the bicycle could well be Andy MacLening, also nephews to Owen.  Andy is currently (Jan 2009) barman in the Albert Inn.

Christmas Shopping in Totnes

Butterwalk 1931, Totnes
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Totnes provides lovely late night Christmas shopping evenings each December when the High Street and Market Square are decorated, the shop windows have illuminated Christmas displays and stay open late and the place is transformed into a fairyland of old-fashioned entertainments and street traders.  There are hot chestnut and mulled wine vendors, arts and crafts for sale and entertainments provided by musicians and dancers. Its a real family occasion and a good excuse for young children to stay out late - in fact I took along my granddaughter Anna aged just two and she stood next to me and was fascinated by the lights, the music and most of all the dancing.

The Heather and Gorse Clog Dancers provided part of this entertainment along with their band of melodeons, drums and accordians. The group is from Combeinteignhead but perform clog dances from the north-west of England to lively jigs and polkas played by the musicians. Our favourite spot to play and dance is the top of the High... Read more

Morris Dancing And Clog Dancing at The Steam Packet Inn

The Island 1889, Totnes
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This is the view from the Steam Packet Inn where there is a splendid large patio area which we used for morris dancing recently.  We chose an early Summer's evening in June but were disappointed with the unexpected rain! However there were plenty of seats under the pub's umbrellas for the large crowd to take shelter!

Three "sides" of dancers performed during the evening: first to take the stage were Heather and Gorse Clog Dancers looking splendid in their smart kit of blue skirts and fancy blouses and waistcoats plus shiny clogs and bells. Next were the athletic mixed dancers of Harberton Navy with their repertoire of Cotswold dances. The third side to dance were the local team - Blackawton Morris - with a selection of dances in the "North West" style.

Heather And Gorse Clog Dancers Entertain in Totnes

Fore Street 1928, Totnes
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Tuesday 11th December was a frosty clear night but the crowds of late night Christmas shoppers filled Totnes town centre to enjoy the candlelight, carol singers, buskers and stalls lining both sides of the streets.  

At the top end of the High Street by the Market Square a large crowd gathered to watch the Heather and Gorse Clog Dancers with their band of accordians and drums. They gave an hour long performance of dancing and music from the north west of England and the crowd loved the rhythmic sound of clogs on the road and the girls in their smart blue kit plus Christmas sparkling decorations!

It was a really enjoyable evening rounded off with shopping and generous free coffee and mince pies offered by several of the Fore Street churches. Hot coffee was truly appreciated to warm my frozen accordianist's fingers!  Altogether, I have to say that the Totnes version of late night Christmas shopping is brilliant and I will be back next time!... Read more

MY HOME AWAY FROM HOME

I arrived in Totnes January 1944 and lived up at Dartington until a day before the invasion at Normandy. Totnes became our "hometown." I returned for the fiftieth anniversary and honored for being the first American to come back. Bill Bennett arranged for us to be given the "keys to the city." Back then at age 19 it was a grand experience and my wife was with me on two more trips to Totnes and Dartington Hall. I long to be there again but at 85 I am content to page through the many memories. We have old newspapers, water color pictures and we still write to a few citizens there. We were combat engineers 1253rd and built many practice bridges across the Dart, leaving one intact that served Totnes for many years. My mind is jammed with memories of Totnes and the surrounding towns.

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