Originally built in 1760 as three labourers cottages, it was converted into a single dwelling back in the early 19th Century. Stonecroft became part of my family over half a century ago. This photo was taken in 1945 by the previous owners.
|Grandpa, Grandma and Mum in 1952|
Bought by my grandparents in 1952, Mum grew up here, leaving as a young bride in 1966.
|From the road|
Mum & Dad bought a house across the road (seen HERE) so my brother and I spent our childhood summers playing in both gardens.
|Southfork style shutters, 1980|
|Mum, Grandpa and I, 1969|
|Me & Mum, spring 1967|
|Mum & I, 1968|
|First day at school, 1971|
|Mum & Marcus (my brother), 1968|
|Grandpa & Dad admiring the new Rover|
My Grandma lived here alone after Grandpa died in 1985. She developed dementia in 2000 and eventually had to move to a nursing home. The house lay empty until Jon and I bought it from my Mum (at market value, all legal and above board) to free up the money needed to pay for her continued care.
|Grandma & Ginger, 1999|
We'd planned to put our Victorian terraced house on the market and to live there until we'd done the work needed but our place sold to a cash buyer within an hour of the For Sale sign going up so we had move in and do it up around us. Its still a mass of unfinished jobs, cracks and missing floorboards.
Its changed a lot since my grandparents' day, there's an upstairs bathroom, a pair of wood burning stoves and central heating now.
Mum in 1959
Me, 55 years later - same gates!
Mum, Dad and me in May, 1967
|Wearing a 1960s St Michael nightie (thanks, Lucy!) and Hush Puppies boots (£2, car boot sale, 2012)|
47 years later....
I've lived in the same town all of my life, moving eight times and owning three houses. Am I strange that I like the fact that I still live on the same street on which I born and can see my childhood home through the bedroom window? I feel it gives stability to a life, which at times, has been rather manic.
See you soon!