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169 Ditton Fields

History of 169 Ditton Fields


Charles O Brown


Mrs H Brown

Mrs Brown is quoted in ‘Memories of Abbey and East Barnwell’: My twins were born as the air raid siren went off but I stayed at home in Ditton Fields to have them. I had to wait five hours for the nurse to arrive. My husband died of TB in 1964 aged 54. I had seven children. The children walked to school at the Brunswick – we could not afford the bus fare. I went to Ditton Walk to shop. The children played games in the road and sometimes rounders on the field. An ice cream man came on his bike in the summer. We once had a TV for 10 days. Someone found a balloon with a ticket on it that said we could have a TV free on trial for 10 days. This was very exciting for us then. But I remember that right in the middle of a film the man came round to take it away – and he wouldn’t wait. We also enjoyed listening to the Radio. We like Dick Barton and Just William. To help out with the money I used to wash the shirts, shorts, socks and towels for CUFC. I used Persil washing powder and a mangle. To get the shorts really clean I had to boil them, I scrubbed the shirts and then ironed them. The house was often full of washing.


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