My Mum's Memories Of Galgate - a Memory of Galgate.
My mother's name was Alice Margaret Ellen Davis who was born 6 January 1915. Her mother died when my mum was just three years old on Christmas Day 1918. She was buried in the churchyard in Galgate. Her father went to work in Preston and her older brother was sent to work on a farm, while my mother was brought up by a couple who lived in the village of Galgate in a lovely cottage called "Woodbine Cottage". Their names were Josh and Mary (I don't know their suranames) but they were brother and sister. They wanted to adopt my mother but her father wouldn't allow it. She told me she was so very happy living in the village, the lovely long garden full of tomatoes and flowers and all the railway embankments full of primroses and daisies. The next move in her life was an unhappy one as her father re-married and the lady he married already had a child. She was moved away from all the friends and people she loved in Galgate and went to live in Preston with her new family. My mother felt unwanted and unloved and started to develop Asthma through stress. She hardly ever saw her brother but when he did visit he took her back to see the people in Galgate and to visit Woodbine Cottage. She spoke about living in Galgate as the happiest time of her life as her childhood after that was quite unhappy.
If anyone knows if Woodbine Cottage is still there or anyone has any memories from this time, please let me know. Thank you. Sue
A memory shared byon Jul 30th, 2010.
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