Peter Barratt was born in Wood Lodge in November
1929. His father was a gamekeeper for the Woburn Estate and Peter
went to school in the village. The family left in
||Ralph Barratt, gamekeeper at Woburn (left)
with his young son Peter Barratt, and Peter's uncle.
Ralph and his wife (far right) with young peter and an
uncle, aunt and cousin. Photographed outside
||Peter Barratt and Doris West - a
photogroup taken at the top of the village.
remember the lovely view of the church tower through the trees,
I don't remember much about the village. Mother was friendly
with the Stones who ran the Wheatsheaf pub and I remember
playing in the garden. Mary Stone was about my age.
we knew the West family who lived on the right at the start of
the cutting Doris West was a little bit older than me. all I can
remember of the school is having a mug of horlicks every day.
father was a big cricketer and I'm sure he must have played for
The cutting was sand in those days and in the summer they used
to have motor cycle trials there. I used to stand by the
gate to our house and watch them. I remember more about the
Woburn estate. My godparents lived in Woburn and I used to
go for holidays. Their son Brian was a carpenter on the
estate and in recent years was clerk of works."