Almondsbury, The View Cafe c.1955

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Caption for Almondsbury, c1955: As can be seen here, roads in the mid 1950s were a lot quieter than they are today. In 1955 UK car production reached a new record of nearly 900,000 cars and home sales were counted at over 500,000. Suddenly in November the Chancellor increased the purchase tax on new cars by 50 to 60 per cent in order to suppress the growing demand.

An extract from Around Bristol Photographic Memories.

Memories of Almondsbury


MEMORIES OF ST.CATHERINE’S I was a boarder from Jan.1947 to July 1951. My memories too are happy ones. The principal, Ralph Cooper taught us Geography, Science and Latin and he stank of stale tobacco and his fingers and moustache were stained. His wife, Joyce, taught us cooking on the huge Aga stove. They had a (...Read full memory)

Ahh.. What a rush of memories return to my mind as I ponder the view of the vale of Almondsbury laid out before me. I grew up in the lower village (then known as marshwell crescent). My father's family hailed from the deepest depths of Patchway common, where my Grandfather was the local Cobbler (always making ready the (...Read full memory)

I have very fond memories of the school and Mr and Mrs Cooper, and I was one of the privileged children to move to Parkstone in Dorset when the Coopers moved there. I was in Miss Stoddart's class and I can still remember the smell of the herbal cigarettes she used to smoke, and on the rare occasion she (...Read full memory)

I know the above scene well! I attended the Knole Park house - now sadly demolished - which was then a boarding school, St. Catherine's. One weekend we went on a day trip to the shore of the Severn.......fascinating place. Would love to go sometime and spend a night at the Old Bowl Inn. I understand that St.Mary's in (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Almondsbury, c1955: As can be seen here, roads in the mid 1950s were a lot quieter than they are today. In 1955 UK car production reached a new record of nearly 900,000 cars and home sales were counted at over 500,000. Suddenly in November the Chancellor increased the purchase tax on new cars by 50 to 60 per cent in order to suppress the growing demand.

An extract from Around Bristol Photographic Memories.

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