Alcombe, Combe 1930

Photo ref: 83551A

Memories of Alcombe


I was born in the house on the right hand side of the photograph.It was the home of my grandparents David and Lydia Howells who had moved to Alcombe during the depression.Both were staunch methodists and belonged to the Alcombe Metodist Church.The Howells had three daughters Esme(still living) Lena amd my mother (...Read full memory)

This is a very exciting discovery for me because it is one of the oldest photographs I have seen of a part of old Alcombe that I can recognise, even at my great distance from the UK. My Great-Grandfather George Mildon had a school at Alcombe from the year of his marriage to Alice Frankpitt in 1874. He evidently bought the (...Read full memory)

I was living with my grandparents at that time, Amy & Sid Berry, their son Stanley (uncle to me) was the local hairdresser and he went around on a pushbike, later a moterbike & side car, to cut local men's hair. Everybody knew Stan, he later opened a shop in Alcombe next door to the fish & chip shop & (...Read full memory)

The 1861 census shows the school being run by John Collard, his wife Elizabeth & assistant Samuel Waters. Two servants Emma Willams and Jane Ward (my relative) with 9 boys as boarders aged 8-13 years. On a recent fact finding mission although the school is listed as part of the Britannia Inn (now Manor Road), it is (...Read full memory)

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