Nostalgic memories of Kingsbridge's local history

Share your own memories of Kingsbridge and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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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?

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I was in 1935 and in the early 1950's lived in Thurlestone. I initially attended the Thurlestone Primary School but after sitting the 11 plus exam and failing I went to Kingsbridge Secondary School (it was called Kingsbridge Modern Secondary School in those days). I travelled on the School bus driven by Bill (...Read full memory)

My name is David Thomas. I was born in 1938, in Plymouth, but my parents lived in Warren Road in Kingsbridge. Next door lived Billy Maddick, and I would go there to listen to 'Dick Barton, Special Agent' because I was not allowed to listen at home! My other friends from those days who lived nearby were David (...Read full memory)

My aunt, Mary (Polly) Wills, ladies-maid to Lady Marlin Borlaise. Harriet Eady is living at the house she is 69. Elizabeth Foale is the cook aged 33 years, Ellen Gammon is the house maid aged 20, Lavina Townsend is the kitchen maid aged 23 and John Blight is the groom aged 21.

My father Bill Heard arrived from North Devon. With the steam roller in this picture, towing caravan and water bowser behind, he rolled the roads along the prom and Rack Park. He worked for Eddison Plant Hire.

Thanks for this photo. This was my family's home for a long time. Dan

My memories of Kingsbridge are really from 1955 to 1966 during which period I attended the Junior School in Waterloo Road, the Secondary School in Foss Road and following the amalgation of the Grammar and Secondary Schools in 1964 the then Senior Department of the Comprehensive School in Kingsley Road and the (...Read full memory)

My grandmother, Mary Honor Parsley, was born here in 'Ticket Wood in 1900, my mother Jacqueline Oldman too in 1925. Honor's mother was born Elizabeth Ford, sister to Philip the house owner I believe. The big house is now gone and replaced with something much more contemporary! Tackett Wood was/is the local Deb'n vernacular for the area.

We had the use of a 3 bed detached home down here for 10 years, it was right at the top of the hill and we could see for miles in all directions. We would come down with suitcases and chill, our youngest was 1 and eldest 13, we had family members stay with us, met lovely christians on mudbury beach, and are still close (...Read full memory)

My memories relate to the 1950's when I spent school summer holidays with my grandmother, Lily Creber, and great aunt, Gladys Hill, at Windsor Road. There was an agricultural machinery repairer just around the corner, next to Church Street Post Office. Old machinery was stored in a yard at the (...Read full memory)

I attended KGS from 1952 - 1959. The Old Grammar School seen in this picture had long been replaced by a much larger building in Westville, Kingsbridge. For the first couple of terms, I remember walking in file from Westville, past the railway station, to this building where we sat on long benches and ate our school dinners. It is a handsome building and now houses the William Cookworthy Museum.