Calne, The Strand 1957

Memories of Calne


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 remember as a child being taken to see my uncle Ewart who was employed at Calne Railway Station for 55 years. My cousin Jean (his daughter) told me that he also used to use a long pole to put out the gas street lamps when on his way home. As a lad he had worked for Angells greengrocers but had always wanted to go the railways. (...Read full memory)

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.

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.

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