Saturday 31 July 1999

Wylye Valley Folk, Volume One

Danny Howell

An album of memories by senior citizens who lived and worked in the Wylye Valley during their younger days.
Helen Leaney recalls Bishopstrow, the Gauntlett family, North Farm at Norton Bavant, the Pearce family, the Moore family, life at Eastleigh Court, Squire Temple, St. John's School, the Avenue School, a trip to Whipsnade Zoo, and working for Everett's the grocers and Butcher's the builders.
George Blagdon tells of village life in Crockerton, Longbridge Deverill School, working for the blacksmith Uriah White, the Crockerton Brickyard, the Crockerton Home Guard, Moody's Bacon Factory, the Geest Banana Factory, Unigate Dairies and the Crockerton and Deverill Valley Flower Show.
Evelyn Alford remembers the Orphange Of Pity where she spent her first years, her adoption by the Corton blacksmith Fred Carpenter, Corton School, Sambourne School, visiting Imber and the New Forest, life at Boyton Rectory, working at Chew's shop, dances at the Codford Wool Stores, and working for the Keith Neals at Bishopstrow House.
John Francis has a host of memories including Bishopstrow Mill, the military camps at Sutton Veny during the First World War, the Temple family, St. Aldhelm's Church, the Close School, Boreham Farm, Bishopstrow Rectory, the Tanners of Barrow House, Warminster Railway Station, military service in the Second World War, and married life at Boreham Field.
Joan Kellow looks back on Crockerton and Wylye, how her brother Leslie Debnam drowned in Shearwater attempting to save the life of Dickie Pike, life in service at Goodwood, the Warminster Silk Factory, Wilton Carpet Factory, delivering newspapers in Wylye and Stockton, and her final days in Salisbury.
Fully indexed.

Wylye Valley Folk, Volume One.
Danny Howell.
Soft cover, 210 mm x 297 mm, 288 pages, 235 black and white illustrations and photographs.
Published by Bedeguar Books.
July 1999.
ISBN 1872818358.