Yoxford, Jubilee Seat c.1955

Yoxford, Jubilee Seat c.1955

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Memories of Yoxford, Jubilee Seat c1955

The Seat That Ezra Built

This shelter/seat was built by my grandfather, Ezra Dowsing Cotton, in I believe the 1930s to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of George V. At least I think so. As a child I thought it was in memory of those who fell in the First World War . Ezra Cotton was a carpenter, builder, and importantly the village undertaker, in the early years of the 20th century, and possibly the late 19th century. His daughters Cicely, Violet and Winifred were given the task of embroidering the pillows on which the heads of the deceased lay. He originally lived in Verandah House in the High Street, now an antiques shop (?), and subsequently in a cottage in Brook Street, not far from The King's Head. My cousin Jean and I were sent ...Read full memory

A memory of Yoxford by Peter Collett

Memories of Yoxford

Jean Burchill (Botwright)

My mother also worked at Rookery Park many years ago, but I do recollect the family name Balls. I believe one of the younger members of the familly (female) possibly called Linda worked with an aunt of mine in a hairdressers in Lieston. Members of the Botwright family worked at Rookery Park - Mary Thompson, her ...Read full memory

A memory of Yoxford by Duncan Bennett

Joining The Balls Family.

In 1960 I married Alan Balls who was the son of Cecil and Audrey Balls of Halesworth. Cecil was the brother of William Balls and his daughter Linda was our bridesmaid when we married in Southwold church in 1960. Together with my husband, I spent many happy hours in the company of Auntie Ruby and Uncle Billy at the ...Read full memory

A memory of Yoxford by Beryl Balls

The Hut

The village club, always known in my family (the Colletts and the Cottons) as 'The Hut', was where all the young people of that time, and probably earlier, met, since that particularly was the venue for village dances. Inevitably permanent relationships were made there. My mother Violet Cotton and her sister Winifred, daughters of ...Read full memory

A memory of Yoxford by Peter Collett

Bank House Yoxford

When I was a child, my great-aunt, Mrs Judith Pheby, lived in Bank House, Yoxford, and was its caretaker. The bank only visited the village once a week, I think, and the rest of the time the bank was closed. The house is on the corner, immediately opposite the Jubilee Seat, and I remember visiting there as a child. In ...Read full memory

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History

This view of the 1935 Silver Jubilee seat is taken from outside the King's Head on the A12, looking down the High Street. The horse chestnut was grown from a chestnut from Verdun, collected by Mrs Lomax of Grove Park. It was planted on 11 November 1923 by Ezra Cotton and George Davy, the oldest and youngest children at the school, to commemorate the great battles of 1916.

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