Allonby, The Village c.1965

Memories of Allonby


I spent two weeks of every school summer holiday in the 1950s in Allonby with my mum and two aunts and numerous friends. We used to either rent a cottage in one of the farmers' fields or in a old converted train carriage. It was a long way from the hustle and bustle of post-war London and I loved it, especially the horse (...Read full memory)

I can remember going to the Allonby Sunshine Home as a very young boy, where an aunt and uncle were in charge but I cannot remember their names. I went there on a personal visit, not as a resident as I went with my grandmother Alice Lancaster from Workington (now deceased). I remember various children being there in a bright (...Read full memory)

Should remember the Solway Hotel as this was where I was born just after 5,00 am on the 10th October 1947. Born to Annie and Stanley Harold Pearson who owned the Hotel. I spent my early years roaming the village with two cats in tow - Darky and Topsy. Moved to my Grandmothers in Silloth when my parents separated. Spent the next 12 years travelling backwards and forwards.

My Auntie and Uncle lived in a wing of Allonby Reading Room; it was called Melville House. Their surname was Hill and their Christian names were May and Joseph. I spent many summer holidays in the 50s and early 60s with them and enjoyed the time with them; riding horses, spending time on the beach and going to the Lake (...Read full memory)

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