Coronavirus: As our business is based in a rural area and we are able to maintain safe working distances in our factory & office, we are open for business and our product despatches are within normal time frames. We will update this message as anything changes.

My First Home. - a Memory of Bardsea.

I lived at the Ship with my father George Simpson, mother Joan, sister Mary and grandfather Joseph Simpson. My grandfather had married Elizabeth Robinson whose family had run the pub and farmed the land since Thomas Robinson in 1672. My Great Grandfather George Robinson, who was the tenant farmer for Mr.Hocking, would have passed the tenancy on to his son John but Mr. Hocking gave it to Joseph instead as he was the better farmer.

I was very ill just after being born and so was christened in the front parlour just to make sure. My father followed Joseph as the publican and also farmed the land associated with the farm buildings which were behind the public house. The white sheet that can be seen in the picture beside the telephone post shaded milk churns which were placed there for collection.

My earliest recollection of living at the Ship was in 1946 when at the age of three I lost my right index finger in a piece of farm machinery. I can still see the shocked faces of the German prisoners of war, waiting at the bottom of the granary steps for their transport back to camp, ( they were literally "farmed out" to work during the day), as I was carried screaming to my mother.

A memory shared by Chris Simpson on Nov 15th, 2010. Send Chris Simpson a message

 Comments & Feedback

Be the first to comment on this Memory! Starting a conversation is a great way to share, and get involved! Why not give some feedback on this Memory, add your own recollections, or ask questions below.

Add your comment

You must be signed-in to your Frith account to post a comment.

or Register to post a Comment.

Sparked a Memory for you?

If this has sparked a memory, why not share it here?

Tips & Ideas

Not sure what to write? It's easy - just think of an important place in your life and ask yourself:

  • How does it feature in your personal history?
  • What are your best memories of this place?
  • How has it changed over the years?
  • How does it feel, seeing these places again?
  • Do you remember stories about the community, its history and people?

This week's Places

Here are some of the places people are talking about in our Share Your Memories community this week:

...and hundreds more! Enjoy browsing more recent contributions now.