Memories of Leiston

What a coincidence, as around 1910 the Smithy was owned and run by My Grandfather also named James ,(a family tradition) there exists a buisness directory in the longshop Museum ,listing many Leiston Buisnesses, showing a picture of the Smithy at that time, timber fronted and sign written with his name and listing the many (...Read full memory)

Aerial photo AFA77116TR: "Leiston from the Air 1959" Is a view taken looking toward the East and clearly showing the Garrett's "Bottom Works", which formed a large part of the town centre at that time. This very old facility, part of which is now preserved as a Museum, housed some of the main manufacturing facilities for (...Read full memory)

My Granddad William Anderson bought the forge when he moved to Leiston from Surrey after the war with my Nan and three children, my mother Yvonne, aunty Ivy and uncle Billy, where he shod horses in and around Leiston, then he turned his hand to iron work, which enabled him to carry on working until sadly nan died around (...Read full memory)

My name is Halina West. I lived with my parents Gordon and Zosia (my mother was Polish) and my brother Antony in St Andrew's Close from about September 1961 to about March 1963. I went to the local primary school for about 6 months when I was 5 until we moved away. I used to walk there, so it must have been quite close (...Read full memory)

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