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Caption for Andover, Anna Valley, The Foundry 1899: The Waterloo Iron Works opened in 1813 and closed in 1984, making way for housing. The schoolhouse survives complete with its arch into the works. At its peak in 1899, Tasker's made iron castings, columns and beams, and agricultural machines such as threshers, balers and steam traction engines. In the Second World War their Queen Mary Trailer was a famous transporter of aircraft. The 1867 Waterloo Workmen's Hall is now a private house.

An extract from Andover Photographic Memories.

Memories of Andover

I remember arriving at Andover railway station in 1950 and asking how I could get to RAF Amport where I was to spend the next 18 months or so doing my National Service. Eventually an old pre-war coach turned up and we chugged our way through country lanes ocassionly stopping to drop off elderly ladies and waiting while (...Read full memory)

I well remember the open air swimming pool where we used to go for swimming lessons from Norman Gate primary school as well as the open air pool at the Grammar School featured in one of your photos. However my first experience of swimming was in the River Anton. Where the river comes under the railway line, it comes (...Read full memory)

This building, now a museum was in the 1940s the home of a famous old Andover gentleman Mr A C Bennett. He wrote a book about Andover St Mary's Church and played the organ in the church. He was also my piano teacher at 2 shillings a lesson(10p) and I don't think anyone tried his great patience more than I (...Read full memory)

I lived with my father, an officer in the Air Force, and my mother and brother in a good solid house on the Air Force base in Andover. I went to Portway Primary School by the airforce school bus and would be allowed threepence worth of sweets from the Linga Longa sweet shop around the corner from the school. I remember my (...Read full memory)

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