Memories of Downderry

I first visited Downderry fifty years ago on my honeymoon. My husband's (Bill Polwin Baxter) father William Henry Polwin had been coastguard there towards the end of the 19th century - my mother-in-law was born at the coastguard house in St Mawes. It was a beautiful day and we swam in the sea at the bottom of the (...Read full memory)

Uncle Tim owned the left side of Tremmor Cottage, next to St Nicolas Church, as a holiday home. He would let it out privately to friends and family. Subsequently he changed his holiday venue to the house next door - Firside Cottage. Unfortunately he took up permanent residence there a few years ago. Thus my last (...Read full memory)

I, Helen Blake and my sister Carolyn moved with our parents Eileen and Arthur Blake to South Hill Cottages, next door to what was then the Post Office in Downderry run by Mrs Harris. Mrs Harris retired and the post office moved to our front room and my mother became the post mistress. My aunt, Kitty Sims was the post (...Read full memory)

Billy was a hero to we boys. In the daytime you could go crabbing with him; at night, out drifting. He drove an old open jeep and at times you would see five, six or even seven boys clinging to parts of this ex-US vehicle as it bounced its way up the slipway, or tore through the Cornish lanes on the way to Looe, where (...Read full memory)

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