History of Stourton Caundle

Early Childhood Memories

By Phil Knott

I was too young to remember the first phase of the post war housing development in the field at Brimble.
I can remember the construction of the bungalows and seeing the wooden pegs in position, marking the locations for the houses in the final phase at the lower end in 1954.

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I spent most of my time outside of school hours on Manor Farm. In my primary school days this was usually with the owner’s son Reg Garrett.
At the end of each school day I would race down the road to our home at Bridge Cottage and change into my old clothes, before dashing across the road to the farm, to assist with the milking and to suckle the young calves.

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I was christened at St. Peters Church in the April of 1947 by Cannon Delahay.
The Church still had a strong influence on village life in the 1950s and all children were expected to attend Sunday school every Sunday afternoon from an early age.
We were given a stamp to stick in a book every time we attended and each year a prize was awarded to the child with the best attendance record.

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I started school at four years old, walking the short journey from Bridge Cottage wearing hob nailed boots.
My mother accompanied me on my first morning and I can remember seeing Mrs. Stainer at her customary position leaning on her garden gate, at the lower side of the school entrance, looking for an opportunity to catch up on the latest village news. I

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My earliest out of school memories are of the Trooper Inn and of the time I spent in the company of the then landlord Bob Green.
Bob had taken over the tenancy in 1948 following the retirement of his mother Charlotte, who had been landlady for 54 years.

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Following his demobilisation, in February 1946, my father must have been a man on a mission, intent on making up for lost time. My parents married at St. Peters Church Stourton Caundle, just two months later in April 1946 and I was born at Ralph Down Farm in January 1947.

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