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THE  BARRATT FAMILY

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 1935. 

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 Wood Lodge.
 

 

Peter Barratt and Doris West - a photogroup taken at the top of the village.

Peter wrote: 


"I 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.

also 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 village. 

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."

Peter Barratt
January 2004

 


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