Wayne g commented
My Grand mother, Eva Smith grew up in Faringdon and worked at a local manor house, where either during or preceding the Second World War met my Grand father, Charles Weston. My Grand father was billeted at the manor house, and they courted and married. My oldest uncle Michael John Weston was born in Faringdon, and after the war they all moved to London where my Grandfather, Charles was born and raised. My Grand Mother, Eva had a few sisters, Vera and I believe Bea or Beatrice and grew up in a small row of cottages somewhere in the village.
I'm getting in contact it you to see if you had any local knowledge of any of the manor houses in the area that billeted soldiers, or any knowledge of the Smith family in the village? I left England a number of years ago and am researching my family back in England.
Thanks for your time an kind consideration,
I was wondering if anyone knew of the history of Floyds Row, St Aldate's, Oxford please, particularly number 7.
I have an interest as my great grandmother's sister is registered as living there on her marriage certificate on 30th August 1949. Her new husband is also listed as having lived there at the same time, which I thought was perhaps unusual at that time? I assume they could've been living there as live-in servants, but I am curious to know for certain to get a bit of background for them.
Allnatts sweets shop or most recently known as (London Street newsagent) was owned by my auntie Mrs Allnatt for many many years and was very well known for her half penny goodies . She worked the shop after loosing her husband in the war right up until 1980s when she sold up and retired to travel the world , she settled in Swindon and Faringdon continuing to have the odd holiday with my other aunt , Auntie Allnatt sadly passed away around 2008.
Barry jiles commented
My Great Grandfather was Arthur Allnatt, who owned the corner shop and also the Folly pub. His eldest daughter Lillian was my Grandmother. My dear Auntie ran the shop after her husband Fred died suddenly. I lived with her for a year and helped in the shop. I have fond memories and photos which I will share I have just moved so I need to find them!!
My parents moved to Faringdon in 1957 from Reading as my father, Robert Childs (Bob), was employed as Manager of Fergusons off licence in Marlborough street (I think where Boots is now). I was his third child (born in 1960). I remember the temporary road bridge outside his shop and we would watch the cars pass from the shop attic. He was also a member of the Buscot Cricket Club, whose Idyllic ground I visited recently. My mother Jean, after bringing up 4 children took a role as part time librarian before we moved back to Reading in 1968.
I recognise many names mentioned in this web site as he always talked fondly of them and he was friends with the Stevens, Spinages, Greens (Bank Manager), Lowes (Builders), Elsdon (Teachers) and many others.
They are both still with us and it will be his 90th birthday 17/2/17, unfortunately his health is very poor and he doesn't get out now.
Can anyone help.....
I'm trying to locate the site of the old Faringdon Secondary Modern School.
My daughter has recently moved to Faringdon and visiting her has brought back memories of my school days at the old secondary school.
I was a pupil there from 1953 to 1956.
If there is anyone who is very "local" and can solve this puzzle, please get in touch.
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