Visiting Orwell in the 1950s

Recollections by Terry Bullen

This contribution comes from an email exchange following the launch of the OP&P website on 19th January 2013. The comments are shared here with Terry's permission. Terry, with his mother, would visit his maternal grandparents most Sundays, from the family home in Cambridge.

Photo:Terry Bullen's great-grandparents and other family members at 10.12 High Street in the 1930s

Terry Bullen's great-grandparents and other family members at 10.12 High Street in the 1930s

Sidney was a carpenter who died when he fell off a tower working at Lords Bridge

“My mum was born and raised in what you term 10/12 High Street and feature on the website (no house numbers back then). Her parents were Sidney and Florence Breed. Sidney was a carpenter who died when he fell off a tower working at Lords Bridge when I was young. The thatched cottage attached to 10/12 High Street was the hang-out of Barney Ingrey (my grandma's brother) who was a kind of prototype hippy in that, as far as I can recall, he didn't work but did the garden (which was an exercise in self-sufficiency). There were two chicken runs, vegetables, fruit trees and bushes as well as wooden outbuildings incorporating a workshop, garage and storage shed - not forgetting the outside loo replaced by a septic tank and bathroom in the 1950s. He also had a huge allotment down Fisher's Lane. He slept in the big house in Winter. They are all buried in the church yard, I believe.

the book also triggers further recollections

Several pictures in the “20th Century Orwell Through The Camera Lens” book trigger further recollections.The forge of Ellis Parcell (page 28) was bang opposite and I used to go over and watch him work. I remember the Post Office on page 33 and that lady (Dorothy King) that served sweets.

Lots of Bullens, Breeds and Ingreys are mentioned in the book - some of whom are familiar but many are not.

I have shared the website and book with my sister who reminded me that Mum and Dad were married in Orwell Church when he was back on leave from World War II but no pictures of broader interest survive.”

Copies of the book “20th Century Orwell Through The Camera Lens” are still available, follow this highlighted link!

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