Abbots Ripton, The Village c.1955

Memories of Abbots Ripton


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)

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)

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)

I was 5 and my dad was sent to Abbots Ripton to be the local policeman. We lived in the policehouse down Moat Lane next door to Mrs Bielby and I was friendly with Julie Stewart who had 4 sisters and 1 brother. We had great times climbing trees and going on picnics. We were also the first pupils in the new school!

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