Tag Archive | 1930’s

[5] Christine Reason: My story, the year 1939

[5] Christine Reason: My story, the year 1939

This idyllic childhood came to an end on 3rd September 1939, when war was declared against Germany. A few weeks before the outbreak of hostilities during the summer holidays, my Mother and I left London, never to return, and travelled to Buckinghamshire to stay with my Haydon grandparents, and so that I could be a […]

[12] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; Earith farming 1930’s and earlier

[12] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; Earith farming 1930’s and earlier

(John Wales speaking and standing in Earith High Street) Jewson’s gave casual work to many villagers, portering wood from barges to their yard. But farming was the biggest Industry (around the area) and with the busy weekly market in St Ives livestock was put on the local train to Somersham and then distributed to local […]

[4] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1936 to 1938

[4] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1936 to 1938

My mother and I often used to walk to the railway station at Woodford to meet my father off the train in the early evening. I remember all the men (hardly any women) alighting on to the platform wearing their bowler or trilby hats, and carrying rolled up umbrellas and briefcases. One evening, my Father […]

[11] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; Discipline and gardens

[11] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; Discipline and gardens

(John Wales speaking and standing near to the Earith British School on the Colne Road.) In Standard 3 discipline was very strict. The headmaster carried a cane permanently in his hand and this had a pig’s tail at one end and could be bent in two without breaking. He had a supply of these — […]

[3] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1935 to 1937

[3] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1935 to 1937

I did enjoy doing Morris Dancing at school. I know we used large white cotton handkerchiefs, but I don’t think we had any bells on our socks! I did make several friends, see photo of us at one of my birthday parties. There used to be a man selling sweets from a barrow outside the […]

[2] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1931 to 1935

[2] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1931 to 1935

We had a decent sized garden at South Woodford, and as photos show, the summers of 1931-32 were sufficiently warm enough for me to be sitting out on a rug, with not much on! Also during those years, we travelled down to Kent to visit friends there on the beach at Hythe and Dymchurch. The […]

[9] John (Jack) Wales: Earith British School 1930’s – Younger ones

[9] John (Jack) Wales: Earith British School 1930’s – Younger ones

(The Earith British School is on the Colne Road. John Wales is speaking.) The Headmaster, Mr Leadbetter, (or ‘Ghandi’ as the children called him) always carried a cane which he was not afraid to use and it was reputed that these canes were bought by the bundle! In approximately 1937 a new headmaster was appointed […]