Watchet, The Beach 1927
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A Selection of Memories from Watchet

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We moved into 38, Mrs Stronach did a house swap with us. I don't remember her but I do remember the draft excluder she left behind for us. My Dad was Owen Binding, his Dad William played in the Watchet Town Band although I can't remember what he did. I was only 11 when my Dad died sadly so I don't remember many of his stories which breaks my heart. I recently lost my Mum too, Marita Rich (Binding). We had a wonderful ...see more
I was born in February 1941 and have vague memories of living in Watchet sometime in 1943/1944 for a period of almost two years. My mother (Kathleen/Kitty) and her sister (Olive) rented a house which I believe was on the Doniford Road. My mother and I came down from London while my Aunt and her daughter (June) came from Hastings. Before moving into the rented house Mother and I stayed with a family named Chidgey ...see more
My grandfather, John Henry Penny (Jack), built a house in Donniford Road. He called it The House Jack Built; it is still there today and is just before the lane going to Hellwell Bay. It was designed by Charles Royle Penny, one of my mother's cousins. Another of her cousins was Bromley Penny. I must have been 3 years old when I first visited my grandfather and stayed in the house. I have a photo somewhere of me ...see more