Calne, High Street c.1960

Memories of Calne


Does anyone still remember the Greenacres Approved School for girls which was on Curzon Street. I believe it is now called Springfields. I was there in the 1960s and loved Calne as it was then. Although not from the area, I have never forgotten the place.

This, I believe, was originally a coach house situated on The Strand. My mother worked here and I wonder if anyone remembers her? I cannot remember the actual dates but I know that she was definitely there in 1962 since a young man who also worked there decorated my wedding cake for me. Mum's name was Winifred Cook (Win or Winnie).

Having been a resident of Calne from 1944 to 1962, I often walked across this little bridge, mainly on the way to the recreation ground. There used to be (and possibly still is) a plaque commemorating Dr Priestley's discovery of Oxygen in this place. I believe the pond was situated just behind Harris' factory but when I last visited the town there was a supermarket there.

I also remember Greenacres School.My mother was the nurse there,May Wright.We lived opposite the school and during the sixties the girls occasionally babysat for my sister and I.I remember once they found my mothers wedding dress,tried it on and broke the zip!My mum and dad are still in that house and I have very fond memories of Greenacres and the adjoining farm.

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