Childhood Places Then and Now
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This is how 12 Victoria Road looks now - and this is how I remember it. I notice they have solar heating panels on the roof - new since my time. I loved that house - lots of room in the garden and lots of room for us four children in the house. I would love to see it now.
An old photo of Victoria Road. The second house from the right #12 was where I lived from the age of 13 until I left home to be married at almost 23. I went to college in London for 3 years - but came home for holidays. Along the end of Victoria Road was Breck Road.
St. Chad's Church, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire. Every day, on my way to school, I used to go through this churchyard to catch the bus in "The Square" i.e. "Market Square. St. Chad's is an Anglo Saxon era church, which began with a Roman church on the site. In the spring there were carpets of white snowdrops, then purple and yellow crocuses, then bright yellow daffodils, and paler yellow narcissi throughout the cemetery. I used to love walking through there.
The house with the green door was where I grew up, until I was 13, in the village of Hambleton, Lancashire. My bedroom was the top left window. There was a red brick wall in front of it, & a lawn with a holly tree. My brother and I (+ little sister later) played with the other children from the village, & we played all the traditional children's games - skipping, rounders, marbles, 2 and 3- ball against the side of the house, dressing up and performing plays ... what memories this brings back.
Blackpool Tower is a landmark on the Fylde coast, where I grew up. I have some rich memories of my visits there as a child. We lived, first about 7 miles from Blackpool (early and middle childhood), and then about 4 miles away (during my teens)