A Vanished Past – The Final Glimpses

I choose this final story to show how much has changed and yet how somethings never change:

Lucy and JimIt is about Lucy whose family came from Ireland (to Hook Norton) when she came to work as the live-in Cook at The Manor. She married Jim (from Hornton) and they moved to a cottage in the Square, they then moved in to Chapel Cottage where they lived for the rest of her lives.  

Their story touches on how much slower and simpler life was and yet how much harder; such as fetching your own water and milk. Whilst today we rush in and out of Horley without giving it a second thought, we get frustrated if the broadband is slow and expect to be able to buy any type of food online and then get it delivered to our doors. We have so much more today that we take for granted.

“A Portrait of a Country Couple” by Honor (Morgan) Berry for her children Felicity and William when they were young, so they could know something of her childhood.

Shân Morgan with Lucy Eadon on the birdbath at The Vicarage 1963 or 64Mrs Lucy Eadon’s role in the life of The Vicarage family was important in the 1960s, particularly to Honor who was young and said: ‘she kept our body and soul together – she had all the essential qualities for those times: she was cheerful, energetic, laughing and she counterbalanced the underlying sadness in our family.”

(Lucy) Elsie Ethel Eadon 1907 -1975    Frederick Jim Eadon 1903-1972

Honor’s story about Lucy and Jim and will be posted over the next five days in these parts:

  1. Lucy – The live-in cook at The Manor
  2. Lucy – Married Life on the Square, working at Bramshill
  3. Jim – War Time
  4. Lucy and Jim’s Home – Chapel Cottage
  5. Routine and Good Works

You can view all the posts on the Modern History Page (under Village) :

  • A Vanished Past – Actors
  • A Vanished Past – A Time of Change (3 of 3)
  • A Varnished Past – A Carter, Cattleman & Farm Labourer
  • Now & Then – Old Ironstone Railway Bridge
  • A Vanished Past – Time of Change (2 of 3)
  • Now & Then – The Red Lion
  • A Vanished Past – Time of Change (1 of 3)
  • A Vanished Past – The Cowman
  • Who Lived in Horley in 1965?
  • Who Lived in Horley in 1965?
  • A Vanished Past – The Oil Man
  • A Vanished Past – Grocers
  • A Vanished Past – What’s in the Volumes?
  • A Vanished Past Vol.1 – Who Has Contributed, Who’s Missing ?
  • A Vanished Past Vol 2 – Who Has Contributed?
  • A Vanished Past – Introduction

Hope you’re enjoying these glimpses into Horley’s past? Some aspects have really changed and yet there is something enduring about our village community that still prevails today.

I have worked with Clare Marchant to “look inside” her book and share an overview of the contents, contributors and the stories of life in Horley earlier in the last century. Remember these are just glimpses, that we thought might interest you but there is so much more. It would make a wonderful Christmas present. Rgds Debra.

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