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Abbots Ripton, The Flower Gardens c.1955
Memories of Abbots Ripton
My father and mother farmed at Heath Farm, Harold and Lucy Peacock, I remember the house and barns well, along with the pond that I used to catch newts in! Loved ice skating on the pond in front of the house also Guy Fawkes night, my Dad and helpers would have a huge bonfire and fireworks, one year something went (...Read full memory)
My father, Gerald Blockley, originally from Derby, had just completed a degree in History from Unversity College, London and was appointed to teach at Bruce Grove School in Tottenham in 1939. He was evacuated with a lot of the children to Abbots Ripton in the autumn of 1939. He managed to find lodgings (...Read full memory)
when a chap broke into Bernie the Butlers house, he stole a bycicle from Bernies and rode a short distance, then dumped the bike, when the Posse was after him. 4x4s were flying around the village getting people to check there sheds and outbuildings. The farm labourers were (...Read full memory)
Oh what a school to be educated in. Academic chances and great sports facilities. I classed myself as an average student,and one who was successful in Football and Cricket, representing the school in both, and the county in football. Left school in 1956 to join Midland Bank Ltd. I was (...Read full memory)