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I lived in Moreton Morrell for all of my early years. Fond memories of both Moreton Hall and Moreton Paddox. I remember American armed forces being at Moreton Paddox during the war years, especially the Christmas parties they put on for the local children. Lots of changes over the years, not always for the better.
I have never been to Moreton Paddox but I just found some pictures of the gardens and house in my father's scrapbook from the war. He lived in the barracks near the gardens from June 13 to August 10, 1944. On the back of one photo he wrote, "I wish I was back in this place now. We had a pretty good time there." He (...Read full memory)
My mother, Angela Joan Balsom lived at the Paddox from the age of 2 until she was 16 (1935-1951). Originally she lived at North Lodge. Her father, Walter Henry Balsom, was Captain Emitt's butler. Upon the outbreak of WW2 Captain Emitt joined the life guards. As my grandfather did not meet the height (...Read full memory)
My parents and I spent a very enjoyable week at Moreton Paddox when it was run by the WTA. At the finish of our week we went to Wales but, as I was awaiting my School Certificate results, I journeyed back alone to the Paddox and was employed as the general dogsbody in the kitchen, peeling potatoes, making toast and (...Read full memory)
My father, Samuel Thomas Harrison, worked on the Birmingham Co-Op Nurseries between 1948 and 1952. We lived in a flat over what had been the laundry for the 'Big House'. Later the laundry was developed into a very attractive house which I toured as an adult with my wife in the early 60's. I was only a very young boy, but (...Read full memory)
My father, Ralph Jackson, knew the Emmet family and often enjoyed visits as a teenager before WW1. I have just unearthed a framed photograph of the house dated 1911, which I will gladly pass on to anyone who may be interested. Email - email@example.com.
I don't have a memory as such. My grandfather was deputy head gardener at Moreton Paddox until he retired in the late 1950s. He lived in North Lodge at Moreton Morell. I believe the Paddox were owned then by a family called Emmet. The head of the family was Robert and his son James (Jim) was my (...Read full memory)
My parents, my brother and I had about six holidays at Moreton Paddox during the early 1950s when it was a WTA (Workers Travel Association) holiday home. On occasion my grandparents or aunt and uncle accompanied us on our summer holidays too. Moreton Paddox has stayed clearly in my memory every since. I (...Read full memory)
I was on a week's holiday with other pupils from Ardwick Secondary Technical School in Manchester, five girls shared what was known as the film star bedroom, a most beautiful room with oil paintings on the walls. I was 15 at the time and felt most grown up, being away for the first time without my parents. It was (...Read full memory)