A Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis FrithA Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis Frith

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Childhood Holidays

A Memory of Croston.

I have happy memories of visiting Croston in the late 1940s-early 1950s. My aunt and uncle, Margaret and Bob Chisholme, lived in part of the Rectory for a few years before moving to a large, rambling house in Station Road next to Walmsleys Corn Mill which was then a working mill. The Rectory was very cold I remember and the rooms were large. There was a water feature in the garden. There was woodland nearby where we went for walks. I remember walking up and down the village street to do shopping. The butcher was a friend of the family, I think he was called Norrie Whittle. At Station Road again the house was old with lots of rooms. There was a garden at the back where my uncle had a kennel for the spaniels he bred. I remember walking a lot in the area, both in the village and across the fields to Bretherton. Am I right in remembering a place called Spibeys Corner? We walked there too. I also remember travelling to Southport on the bus and Preston on the train. These were good holidays. Recently I visited Croston but sadly it was raining hard and my husband and I were unable to see very much of the village. I saw that Walmsleys mill is now closed and the adjoining property is very much changed.

With thanks to Anne Baron for this memory of Croston

Added 20 July 2009


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