I can remember the main road that passed through Cove in Hampshire, Bridge Road was its name. The road  had many shops, large and small and one in particular was called The Cove Supply Stores and this was run by my parents from 1936 to 1945.

The Bridge Road end of the shop had an off licence and opposite it  was the Ivy League Club. I attended the Hawley Road Elementary School and remember one teacher well, a Mr Harold Crapper who was a devil with the cane! Later I attended Farnborough Grammar School. I wonder whether anyone can remember Mr Thorntons menswear shop, which was opposite Mr Munday's newsagency. He used to place an advert in the local paper which always included a little poem referring to Thortnton's Bib and Brace.

     Mr Munday's newsagency was always popular with boys and girls because of the comics he sold. If I remember rightly there was a battery charging and bicycle shop on the corner of Hazel Avenue run by a Mr Young. I remember that I used ti check the 'B' button in the public phone box near the Post Office to see if anyone had forgotten to get their money back - sometimes I was lucky and found tuppence!

Ronald Catmur



To the motor racing enthusiast, Thruxton means the circuit built on the old airfield. To 19th-century wayfarers it meant a tollgate on the Amesbury Turnpike (to the compilers of the Domesday Book it meant a manor held by Gozelin de Cormelies). The tollkeeper's cottage was sold by the turnpike company in 1871 to a local innleeper, John Emm, for £60. In 1965, by which time it was a cafe, it was bulldozed in the course of a road widening scheme.

Thruxton, like many another village, acquired a church school in Victorian times. In 1966, when it closed after 100 years, memories of early days were still sharp. Miss Elsie Nixon, then aged 83, recalled going to school in 1887. The headmaster she describes as tall, well-built, very strict and often impatient. This was more than a child's view - the head she pictured so objectively was her own father, Edwin, who held the post for 37 years and died in 1928; both his son and grandson became teachers, carrying on the family tradition in the same school, in the same buildings, and probably with the same discipline!





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