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Village life in the 1950s and 60s

 

Therese Gant (nee Fairhead) and her family lived in the village as a child during the 1950s and 60s and has fond memories of it. Her reflections will bring back memories of a time gone by. In Therese's words:

Living in Campsea Ashe during the 1950s and 1960s was probably like living in any East Suffolk village at that time as the facilities would have been common to all. The village had a church, village school, working farms, pub, post office and village store, village hall and a mixture of private and public housing including railway workers cottages, farm workers cottages and council housing.  There are two features which made Campsea Ashe unique, namely a railway station which provided the opportunity to travel to nearby towns and a livestock sale yard which brought commerce and people to the village and put the village on the map.  This article will describe the village life through the eyes of a little girl who lived with her parents and sister in one of the modern Airey council houses built in 1949. Many of the experiences were shared with the other village families and will explain how village life then had some similarities but were so very different from today.

 

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