Author Archives: Ruiha Smalley

Life at Wilmar

Now for my life living in Wilmar (1930).  I can only tell you what I remember. I was very young, most of my family called me ’Blue’. It was the most gorgeous bungalow, not that I was impressed at my … Continue reading

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Poverty and home life

Poor people seldom had the doctor, it was far too expensive and if they did call they were never too bothered.   We were all vaccinated when we were small they used to prick you three or four times on the … Continue reading

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Tony Austin: “Thong Lane all my life”

I have lived in three of the four Cheney’s Cottages in Thong Lane all my life, they were originally built for Darnley Estate workers and later rented to workers at Cheney’s Farm. I originally lived in one of the cottages … Continue reading

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Ray Lucas: Shorne in the 1950s

At the time I used to go to Shorne Woods, all during the 1950’s, I lived in Taunton Vale, there were five of us that used to roam everywhere and the woods was one of our haunts. To get to … Continue reading

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My Gran and my Mum

Emma Saxby was my mum.  She was born on the 5th May in the year 1883 at East Peckham, her mother was Elizabeth Saxby formerly Master.  Her father was William Saxby, a sweep.  When she was a child she lived … Continue reading

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