Friday 31 December 1999

Remember Warminster Volume Five

Danny Howell

The fifth volume in a very popular series, featuring transcripts of interviews with senior citizens who lived in and/or worked in Warminster during their younger days.
The four interviewees this time are John O'Brien, Doris Houghton, Abner Brown, and Cyril Lapham.
John O'Brien recalls his father's military posting to Sutton Veny Camp, growing up at Woodcock, helping out at Beaven's shoe shop at Silver Street, his career in gloving for 54 years, his own military service in the Royal Artillery, and married life at Boreham Camp.
Doris Houghton remembers her childhood at Portway, attending Miss Gregory's school at Vicarage Street, knowing boy film star Freddie Bartholomew, her working days at the Castle Steam Laundry at George Street, and working with her great friend Gloria Sloper at Harraway's Nurseries.
Abner Brown relates his life at Hillwood, following in his father's footsteps farming at Hillwood, Bradley Road, attending Warminster Cattle Market, being in the Crockerton Home Guard, characters at Warminster Common, and meeting his wife at Job's Mill.
92 year old Cyril Lapham tells of his father's involvement as manager for the coal merchant George Bryer Ash, living next door to the Boreham Road Iron Foundry, delivering to Imber, working at the Crockerton Brickyard, constructing the Tank Barracks and the REME Workshops, and boring wells for John Wallis Titt's.
These and many more stories, all of which are both candid and revealing, are all lovingly recorded. Fully indexed.
Remember Warminster, Volume Five.
Danny Howell.
Soft cover, 210 mm x 297 mm, 144 pages, 113 black and white illustrations and photographs.
Published by Bedeguar Books.
December 1999.
ISBN 1872818331.