Re my comment left on Tues July 26th.
Hi! My name is Susan Dooney (nee Loxham) and as I said previously Eddie and Alice Bradburn were my Grandparents from my mothers side (Brenda Loxham nee Bradburn). I now live in St Annes Lancashire but as a very young child my family and I lived in a cottage on a farm in Whitelackington. I seem to remember that we collected our milk from the farmer in churns while it was still warm. I went to school in Ilminster although I am unable to recall it's name. My mum would frequently walk me to school across the fields from Whitelackington. I also have a vivid memory of a farriers on the roadside in Whitelackington. Ilminster carnival time also sticks in my memory and if I remember rightly it was a big occasion.
I came across this blog quite by chance. I had been using google maps to see what the streets around Ilminster looked like now. I was unsure of the name of the street that my grandad's newsagents stood on. I typed newsagent's in Ilminster and couldn't quite believe it when reading Peter Westmacottt's entry.
- Thanks for replying. Most of us are aged between 60 and 70 now ( still kids at heart though) so I don’t know if you might remember any of us. North Street school was the primary/ junior school just above your grandfather's shop. It was divided in two – Boys on the left and Girls on the right. Seems archaic now that sort of segregation doesn’t it?
- Here is a photo of the school -
- Funny what you remember isn’t it! When I passed the 11+ my uncle took me to your grandfather’s shop and bought me a fountain pen – it was a turquoise colour and made by Onoto.
- I have never heard of them since so I googled the name and they are still in production and make luxury pens so I guess I should have taken better care of it!
- We would love to hear your reminisces of Ilminster and your childhood so if you feel like writing about them please do.
Thanks again Susan