Memories

Ralph Cook

In 1805 the Cooks came over from Tolpuddle in Dorset in search of better living conditions. From an early age I lived with my parents and sister,Valerie...

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Marjorie Clark (New)

My father Charles New served on the Brook Lifeboat for many years.  He went to live with his grandmother Jane Ellen Milmore when he was 3 years old...

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Robert Cassell (1913-2001)

I was not quite fourteen when I left school in 1926. The only work for boys was farm work and you was lucky really to get that...

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Cynthia Cassell

Mum and Dad, Mr and Mrs William Cassell, had three children. Peter was the eldest, then myself and David. In the early 1950s we lived in one of the flats at Brook House...

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Mary Case

I was interested to read that you are keen to hear about the lives of women in the village: I have very vivid memories of Polly Millmore...

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Erica Browitt (Newberry)

I was born in the Gardener’s Cottage at Brook House. My father, Alf Newbery, was the estate’s Head Gardener...

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Daphne Brooke-Smith (Denaro)

After our father was demobbed in 1946, our parents spent their honeymoon at Meadow Cottage, the home of Daisy and Walter Newbery...

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Jane Birkin

In a recent interview Jane describes where the picture on the cover of her album Enfants d’Hiver, was taken (it shows her as a child clutching an apple)...

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Ken Barnes

My family moved to Hulverstone from Shorwell in about 1930. We lived at Bank Cottage next door to what was the local post office run by a Miss Newbery and her aged mother...

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Bill Ballard

Bill was a Brook man like his brother Alec. They lived in Brook all their lives. Bill was born in Downton Rickyard, up the Military Road...

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David Baker

David was born at Churchills. He walked to school at Hulverstone from 5 years old and can just remember Brook Hill House being built...

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Janet Ash (Stone)

The year was 1942, the month December.  It was a stormy night, the night I was born at Hanover House, in the front bedroom facing the sea...

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Alec Ballard and Hilton Brett

From about four years old I spent a lot of time with Alec and Granddad. Mum couldn’t keep me indoors and I was up and gone pretty early, out to where Alec and Granddad were working.

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