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Frank Brown

‘I was born in a little 16th century thatched cottage near Rockbourne in Hampshire in 1947. My grandfather was head gardener on the West Park estate, near Fordingbridge. The main house, part of a large estate, was pulled down just after the war, and was the home of Lt. Gen. Sir Eyre Coote, who fought with Clive of India. Grandfather, whose name was Francis Bailey, lived in the village all his life, worked for 50 years on the estate, and was a fine gardener. The cottage where I was born ...

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Ann Jones

Julia Mear met Ann Jones in Colyton. This is her story. ‘I was born just before the start of the Second World War in Welbeck Street, London. At some point we moved to Purley in Surrey, very near to Croydon Aerodrome. Our house was requisitioned by the government for the troops. Mother was horrified on our return at the end of the war to find lots of holes bashed in the walls—it was a mess. We moved into our grandparents’ house just up the road. My grandmother was an artist and ...

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David Starr

Julia Mear met David Starr at his home in Axminster. This is his story. ‘I was born in Nelson Hospital in Merton Park, Surrey on 4th August 1936. My mother, Bertha Eleanor Agnes White and father, William met in Clapham, their families all knew each other. Mum was dad’s second wife. His first wife was mum’s twin sister who had died aged 29. We were all very close with lots of extended family around us. Although I was born partially sighted, I led a normal and happy childhood, of course then ...

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Fran Williams

Robin Mills went to Lyme Regis to meet Fran Williams. This is her story. ‘My family weren’t originally from Bridport; we moved there when I was very young. My Dad was a teacher with young people who had behavioural difficulties. A striking memory I have from that age, of about 7, was going to a bakery in Bridport with a Jamaican friend, standing in a queue for a long time and not being served. When we got back to the car Dad asked where the doughnuts were, and when we said ...

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Laurence Anholt

Julia Mear met Laurence Anholt at his home in Colyton. This is his story. ‘I’m generally a cheerful person so I’d like to think I didn’t make too much fuss when I was born on 4th August 1959 in Barnet. In theory that makes me a ‘Norf Lund’ner’ but it’s a bit more complicated than that because my father was a Dutchman with family roots stretching all the way back to Persia. My siblings, Alison, Danny, Simon and I spent our early years in Holland and we went to little Dutch schools. ...

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