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172 Thoday Street

History of 172 Thoday Street

1939:

Lilian Hodson, b 1911

June L, b 1930

Brian, b 1938

Lil[l]ian Hodson reminisced to ‘Memories of Abbey and East Barnwell’ circa 1980: I lived in Romsey Town for 61 years but as a very small girl during the First World War I often visited the area [Newmarket Road]. There used to be large wooden huts alongside the newmarket Road, just before you got to the cemetery. During the First World War my mother would take me there, as they were used for the wounded soldiers. I would go there to visit a badly wounded uncle. I also seem to remember a large house, which stood well back from the opposite side of the road. it had a very large drive way. I was told that it belonged to the Marshalls. During 1967 I lost my dear husband with leukaemia, so I used to visit his grave twice a week. I would cycle along Barnwell Road, which was very frightening as there was no roadway then, just rough grassland.

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