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Picture No:360
Courtesy of:Henry Treadwell
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The Old Coastguard Station

Viewed from the old railway line which was between the river and the new houses of Coastguard Square. This is a low resolution image. Date guessed!
Picture Added on 30 July 2013.


Lovely to see this old photo of the Coastguard Cottages. I was born in the right-hand block, fourth top window - where my mother and father (Harry and Vera Seymour) came to live back in 1950. My older brothers Ted and Karl, were little boys when they arrived here. The houses were owned at that time by Spun Concrete and the house went with the job. My father Harry was a `spinner` there, and it provided work and housing for many at that time. Neil, my younger brother was also born at 10 Coastguard Cottages, but sadly passed away in 2012. The brick building, between the two blocks and opposite the Officers House, was the old wash-house, which was later used, for a short time, as a garage - my dad having use of the same. Coastguard Square was a delightful playground for us as children, and although the trains had stopped running when I was a child back in the 60s, the carriages remained on the disused line for many years, and provided another great playground. The Reverend Patterson during the early sixties brought the Coastguards, and at that time indoor bathrooms and toilets were installed to great excitement. Also front gardens were laid out too. As a little girl I remember the Warrener family living in the Officers House and a family, surname of Cammock living at number 11. Happy Days!
Added by Sherry Bowe (nee Seymour) on 22 February 2014.
This picture brings back many happy childhood memories I was one of the Warrener family mentioned by Sherry, and I remember well her older brothers Ted and Carl Seymour and her Mother and father. We left the Coastguard Cottages when I was about seventeen and her description of the way we all played in the square brought back a great flood of wonderful memories, as she said Happy Days!
Added by Geoffrey Warrener on 08 March 2014.
Sad to hear about Neil, RIP mate. Had some good times on the ships.
Added by Rick Fowler on 26 September 2016.

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