Jill Barford Remembers.
week a note was received from Jill Irwin (née Barford) in which
she reminisced about life here in Abthorpe during the 1950’s.
“Hello, my name is
Jill Barford and I lived at Leeson House from 1954 - 1964 with my
father Arthur Barford, mum Elsie Barford, brothers Paul Ian and
Neil. Dad bought Lesson House moving from Highbridge Cottage in
The house the
village’s former “rectory was in a very bad state of
repair. Chickens had been kept in the Lounge, bats lived in the
pantry and an owl on the stairs. Dad had to re-roof the house and
make it habitable room by room. In our upstairs games room Dad cut
the village men's hair on Monday nights and for the members
of the village youth club on Saturday night.
Mum was a regular at the
Methodist church. Sadly Dad died 10years ago aged 92, but mum is
still alive aged 98 years and has pictures of the house on her
walls. I went to the village school until it closed and I went to
Silverstone Junior and then to Towcester Secondary.
As a family we have very
fond memories of the village and we have often driven back to
Jill Urwin nee Barford.”