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Sidmouth Seaside Stories

Sidmouth Seaside Stories

My father was a well-known local character. He always wore a brown suit and brown boots. Even when he went prawning, he would go into the water in his boots.  We had so many prawns. He knew better than anyone where to get them. He and John Mortimore went up to...
Sidmouth Railways

Sidmouth Railways

We used to go to Kings School on the steam train when I first started. People cycled from Sidbury and Sidford to get the train. They could leave their bikes unlocked in the hedge at the station. Nothing was ever pinched. Even at that age I thought how lovely the...
Our Country Life

Our Country Life

The Bakers from Skinners farm had the dairy behind what is now The Gearbox (this later became Express Dairies). When the weather was snowy, Mrs Baker remembers customers coming for untreated milk with every sort of container. One man came with a whisky bottle that...
Starting Work

Starting Work

When I first left school I got a job pebble picking on Branscombe beach. We worked according to the tide. They had to be round pebbles – the smaller the better – which were used for the milling process in paint making. We collected the pebbles in a bucket...