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TIMES GONE BY


                      SOWTON SCHOOL PUPILS in 1923       27 in photo
 
Back row     Ivy Coldridge  Donald Betts  Ginger Brearley  Willy Collingwood
                    Sidney Coldridge  Peter Drew  Ronald Seldon  Sidney Hole
Middle row  Harry Collingwood  Chievley Drew  W.Foulds Frank Collingwood
                    Audrey Seldon  Reta Vickery  Richard Vickery  Arthur Dunster –Tucker
                    Joan Tucker  Winnie Coldridge  Ethel Fowles
Front row    Daisy White  Lesley Collingwood  Sid Sanders  Doris Lane
                    Cyril Collingwood  Edith Brealey
 
Everyone had to walk to school – no transport was provided
Brealeys lived at farm building at Honiton Clyst end of village. Father was farm labourer
Betts lived at Rectory Lodge. Father was gardener to Rev.Cullen and in Exeter
Coldridges lived in the centre block of cottages at right angle to the road. Mother was a widow
Collingwoods lived at Fawns Cottages; Walked to school over the marshes
Drews lived at bottom end of village by the canal (leat?) in farm cottage Father farm worker
Dunsters lived at third cottage down from the school. Father gardener at Bishops Court
Fowles came from between Bishop’s Court and Clyst St Mary on “new path”
Holes came from Seldon Nurseries – now part of Sowton industrial estate
Seldons lived in second cottage from school; Father Chaffeur to Garretts at Bishop’s Court
Vickerys Mother widow, ran Cat and Fiddle, they walked down lanes to Bishop’s Court and
round to the new path (iwhen flooded they were allowed down Bishop’s Court Drive)
Whites lived at Virginia Gardens up the hill. Father Bob White, market gardener.
 
School Mistress:  Mrs Harris, then Miss Aldridge
The infants were looked after by the senior girl pupil – Ivy Coldridge.
 

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What is interesting, is that a lot of the surnames of these children at the village school can also be found on the village Great War Memorial (see the War Memorial page)

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This is Jesse Scott and  her father, who was a gardener. The photo was taken in the garden, opposite what is now Ann Wilmington's home.


Unknown's in front garden of number 1.


Jubilee cake, made by Sheila Ashford, sister of Joan Warren, formerly from the Lodge.


There are several photo's of the Jubilee Tree Planting


Jubillee planting - Top: Nigel Wilmington, Doctor Alcock. Major Hext, planting the Silver Birch.
Below: Lucy & Charlie Smyth & Sue & Linda Mortimer


Left to right: Marion Mortimer,Arthur Tapley, ?, Nigel Wilmington,with as above.


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Scarecrow- Janet Wilmington. Sue Mortimer as a cup. Indian is Nick James.


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Margaret Palmer in the background.


Linda Mortimer


Left to right, Lucy, Charlotte (Charlie) Jessica (Jess) Smyth, who lived in Clystbeare.


Jubilee Celebration- Lady in hat, Jesse Scott- No 1and Gladys Drake, who lived next door to Lilliput Cottage. Now, Alan Jone's home.


In front, Nigel Wilmington. Person in bright jumper, lived nxt door to the hall. Martin Wilmington is at the back.


Stafford Williams daughter & Janet Wilmington


Sports day in Doctor Alcock's field.


Winning is Marion Mortimer. Maggie James? Mrs Barnes & Mrs Alcock.


Shirley Waine. Maggie James. Noel Waine.Mary Parker in the front and Ann Wilmington on the right.


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Left to right: Sue Mortimer. Jenny Warren. Joan Warren. Anrew from Court Lodge. Chris Issard


Lucy's father Dr Tristin Smyth. Tony Parker, Mark Palmer. Linda & Sue Mortimer in Dr Alcock's field.


Christmas meal 1969


Village Hall Silver Jubilee Meal: Left to right: Parfrey. Christerpher & Robin James. Annn Wilmington & Marion Mortimer.


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Mark Palmer (Christmas Party)


Nativity in the Chuch.

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Floods in the lane.

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When Mike Palmer painted the Church Clock Face.

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There are obviously a lot of names missing from these photographs. If you know any of them or have old photos that you feel would be look good on the website,then by all means, let me or Sue Lawrie know.

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The current Sowton Barton farmhouse was rebuilt (according to a 1962 paper written by Nathanial Alcock in the Transactions of the Devonshire Association) in 1894. The church was rebuilt in 1844-45.

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