Category Archives: Oral History

Vince (aka Paul) Dale: memories of Ashenbank Camp

I was born in Ealing Hospital on the 6th November 1942, during the blitz, I was too young to remember it but we were bombed out and had to move. My first memory is of being four years old (1946) … Continue reading

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Cottage life

Now back at the cottage our life with the Bennets and Morriss’ went on. We had a huge walnut tree, it really belonged to Captain Bentley but it was our patch for the tap, which supplied all the water for … Continue reading

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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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