Brockhollands in the winter of 1947
photos of Brockhollands taken during the severe winter of 1947.
Clive Brown left an account of his memories of Brockhollands (June 2006):
My gran and grandad lived in Brockhollands in the end house on the opposite side of photo next to the orchard. Their names were Edmonds, their daughter Molly married John Hammond, who lived in the end house next to the old tin chapel, then moved opposite to the end house. Their other daughter Madeline known as Mary married Thomas Brown from Parkend who are my parents, we now live in Nuneaton. I have very fond memories of Brockhollands as we had our summer holidays there for many years. I can remember the corner shop at the bottom of brockhollands, my brother and I used to go to the shop with 2p to spend on sweets. I have family who live in Bream and Coleford, I visit as often as possible. I always drive through Brockhollands when visiting. I was looking at pictures to see if I could find some of my parents. My dad was born in Parkend 1922, my mum in Bream I think 1925. My mum's parents Mr and Mrs Edmonds owned the Rising Sun in Bream, for how long and when I don't know.
Joyce Vahsholtz (formerly Charles) wrote (Jan 2007): "I was born in Brockhollands and knew Mollie Edmunds - later Hammond. I visited Brockhollands in 1996 with my daughter and Mollie had us in for a cup of tea. My sister Daphne lived in the end house of the first picture across from where the Ellaways lived. I lived in the houses directly across from where Mollie, Mary and Jackie lived, called Knox Road".
Roger Thorne wrote (March 2007) "My grandparents Grace and Arthur Thorne owned the house, shop and tin chapel (then
disused) (Rose Cottage). I spent much of the late 50`s around Brockhollands, and the shop was later sold and relocated to the end of terrace, just above the chapel. Rose Cottage was re built as a bungalow. Bob Wilson was then a good friend, and lived in the house at the other end of the small terrace, just out of camera shot".
Joyce Charles wrote (April 2007): "I
used to go christmas
carrolling as a child with many of the other children in the village
and when we had finished would always go to the shop and spend our money.
I was about the same age as Wilfred thorne and Jack Thorne. It was wonderful
growing up in Brockhollands, and to think that we are able to share
these memories on the internet is amazing".
Liz Garcia added (October 2008): "My Grandparents were the Ellaways referred to by Joyce (see above). Together with my sister and 2 brothers, I spent wonderful holidays in Brockhollands which was a totally different environment from where we lived in Harrow. I remember a lady having a shop in a cellar near my Grandparent's house and my Auntie and Uncle and cousins (the Hooks) also lived nearby".
Roger Court added (November 2010): "... I lived at 5 Brockhollands between 1940 and 1945. My Mum Muriel was fostered by Jim and Maggie Bullen in 1914 and she lived in the house until the mid 30s. As a 6 month old I was evacuated from Bristol after my Dad had been killed in an air raid in 1940 to live with Jim and Maggie until the end of the war. Jim worked in Norchard mine on the pumps so Ive been told but he had also spent a lot of time at sea. I remember the shop at the opposite end of the terrace which was owned by the Thornes I seem to remember playing with their daughter called Julie and my other friend was a lad called Raymond Sewell. Like most families Maggie kept a pig and chickens in the back yard. When the butchers came to kill the pig I was sent off to play in the fields but I well remember the squeals of the pig and the smell of burning as the carcass was fired with straw to remove all the hair. The cured pig would hang in the kitchen for weeks months. How times have changed I visit the Forest occasionally and enjoy driving down through Brockhollands but the walk to school in Bream is only a distant memory now. West Sussex has been my home for the last 30 years".
Gill Westhead added (February 2011): "... my aunt and uncle were Grace and Arthur Thorne. My mother was Gwen Coldrick. Many happy hours spent in Paisley House and Rose Cottage in 1940s".
Joyce Charles added (February 2011) "... It was so nice to read another comment about Brockhollands where I was born 84 years ago. Raymond Sewwell was my cousin, Phyllis Cox's son. I remember the Bullens they lived across from where I lived on Knox Road. If I remember correctly Gwen Coldrick live next door to Mum's in later years on Knox road. My auntie Gladys and Uncle Fred Kear also had a pig and I too remember the squeels when the butcher came. My auntie would make faggots and oh were they tasty. I too went to Bream school and had a teacher whose name was Miss Drabble we were all afraid of her untill we were in her class and then somehow she was wonderful".
Roy Coldrick ( with valuable assistance from Christine Jones/Wintour and Colin Wilson) added (March 2011 ".)..I hope the following also fills some gaps in the above as well as adding other useful information".
"My memories of Brockhollands date from about 1952 to 1965. The following are my recollections of the houses and their occupants. Entering the village from the Bream direction the first house on the left was occupied by Mr & Mrs Wooles and, I think, a daughter – Connie.
Then came the village hall (originally Miners' Welfare Hall). This was unused when I came to the village as a child but , through the efforts of a number of the adults in the village, was smartened up and opened as a village hall with a snooker table, a youth club and where a dance was held from time to time.
On the same side the first house lived Jack and Mollie Hammond and daughters Pam and Pearl.
Next : John and Muriel Edwards and children; Alison, Timothy and Duncan, (previously, Mr & Mrs Morse and son Graham).
Next : Mr & Mrs Wintle. Although they were not residents of the village their grandsons, Terry & Malcolm Palmer spent many hours at the house and would probably be considered residents.
Finally in that block : Mr & Mrs Crane.
The next property, which is now a bungalow ,was then a flat piece of ground where the boys of the village honed their cricket & football skills – some more than others!
Then, still on the left but set back way off the road was a block of four houses with the address 'Knox Road' numbered 17 to 14 for reasons explained later.
These were occupied by:
No 17 : Bob & Ruby Coldrick and son Roy ( me), previously the Moores (Maisie, Doris and Yvonne)
No 16: Mr & Mrs Lewis and daughter Jean.
No 15. Mr & Mrs Charles and ,although she had left before I came to the village, Joyce , who also contributed above.
No 14: Sam and Audrey Coldrick ( not Gwen as suggested above). Sam , who had previously been a Saville Row tailor ,was crippled with Arthritis and wheelchair bound .
Coming back onto the road but still on the left the next block was a block of 5:
First Mr & Mrs Wilson and sons Bob and Colin and daughter Audrey.
Next : Mr & Mrs Virgo and sons Fred, and Michael and daughters Joan, Mavis and Frances with Mavis' daughter Carol and son Gerald. Next : Mrs Pever, George Pever her son, Mrs M Lewis her daughter and Patricia Lewis her granddaughter.
Next : Nigel & Yvonne Brain, son Steve and daughter Helen.
Finally : Charlie & Phyllis Sewell and children Raymond, Douglas and Wendy.
Finally on the left , or more correctly on the corner was Rose Cottage, referred to by Roger above. This housed Grace Thorne (nee Coldrick), daughter Julie and son Wilf , his wife Wendy and daughter Dinah. By this time Jack Thorne had left ( see Roger Thorne above) This property started life as a house from where Grace ran the village shop before it closed. The Sewells then opened a shop in the front room of their house . It was also where Wilf ran a 'Ferning Business'. This provided holiday income for the youth of the village. We would go off to the woods during the first two weeks of August and collect ferns. These would be bundled into groups of 20 and we were paid in 25 bundle lots. The family would then preserve them in the tin shed before spraying them in attractive colours to sell for decoration. From memory Colin Wilson was the best and fastest of us boys at picking the ferns. At some stage during the late 60's or early 70's this house had it's top floor removed and this became the bungalow it is today.
Returning now to the entry to the village from Bream again , but this time on the right hand side were first Fred and Betty Wintour and daughter Christine. Fred also ran the farm in the village.
Next was the Ellaway house, Mrs Ellaway, son Bill, daughter Elsie and grandson Tony.
Then after the break was a group of 4 houses
First Mrs Davey
Next Charlie and Elsie Hook and their children; Barbara, June, Sheila , Roy and Brian.
Next : Mr & Mrs Jack Edmonds and sons Michael and Trevor ; daughter Barbara had moved before I arrived in the village.
Finally Mrs Edmonds – mother of Jack ( I think). This is the house with the orchard described above. That completes the road from the Bream direction down to the corner".
"Turning the corner towards Whitecroft there were no houses on the right apart from the farm which was down over the field and housed Mrs Bessie Wintour ; mother of Fred and Jack, with her daughters Emily and Eileen with her husband Garnett Liddington and their sons John and Derek.
On the left side of the road was a group of 4 arranged as two pairs of semi detached houses.
First was Mrs Fanny Kear (sister-in-law of Fred Kear and Bessie Wintour), her daughter Glenys and a lodger called Mr Hartley who I believe had a jewellery business in Cinderford.
Next Jack and Edith Wintour with son David and daughter Julie.
Next was Ben Wintle and daughter Anita. Ben was a freeminer and ran a coal mine in the woods in the tufts.
Next Mrs Dawes and her lodger Bill Lewis
That completes the houses before you head down the hill towards Whitecroft".
"Half way down the hill was the cottage of Mr & Mrs Fred Kear and son Ken who moved out just before I came to the village
Then at the bottom of the hill were two large buildings along a short road to the right and which while they look alike, inside they are quite different ;
The first was built as two semi detached and housed:
First Mr & Mrs (Roma) Davis and daughter Andrea
Second Mrs Pritchard, daughter Sheila and Sheila's daughter Donna. Mrs Pritchard was also the mother of Roma Davis
The other building , called Paisley House, was actually one house at that time but had two sets of stairs and while designed to be two was always a single property. This housed Mrs Matilda Coldrick and one of her sons Jack, and his wife Gladys. Jack and Gladys had returned from the USA to live in the house when Matilda died".
"The village was very close knit by virtue of the fact that so many of the residents were related. As mentioned above the Hammonds were related to the Edmunds The Ellaways to the Hooks The two 'Wintles' were related All the Coldricks were related Fred and Jack Wintour and Eilleen and Emily at the farm were all siblings while Edith Wintour was the sister of Muriel Edwards. The Sewells became related to the Coldricks through the marriage of Phyliss's mother Ciss (Cindonia) Cox to Howard Coldrick, my Grandfather, and brother to Jack , Grace ( Thorne) , and Sam. The Sewells were also related to the Charles family – ref Joyce above. Fred Kear was also related to the Wintours. (Sister to Bessie Wintour). I have to say that at that time it was a very happy village and a wonderful environment to grow up".
"If I may also explain a little of the Coldrick family which may help to explain why there were so many of us!! The first Coldricks to come to Brockhollands was Wilfred, his wife Matilda and six children; Howard , Sam, Jack, Edith, Doris and Grace. A further daughter, Gwen, was born at Paisley. They came from Bromyard where Wilfred was employed in the building business. He was employed by a company who had consent to build a number of houses at Brockhollands. He was the foreman in charge of the project and while some of the houses were built, the company went out of business long before the whole project was complete. I have a copy of the plans which show that, had the building continued, Brockhollands would have had up to a hundred houses more . The field in front of Knox road , on the valley side, would have been filled with houses and the field beyond Paisley would also have been full of houses. In fact one house was built in that field and I believe that it housed the Rosser family at that time. Since then that house has been demolished I think. Knox road was shown on that original plan and was probably the only other houses built and named according to the plans. Edith married Lionel Jenkins and moved to Dolgelli in North Wales; Doris married Jack James and lived at Park Hill Whitecoft, Gwen married Leslie Byard who had a building business in Gloucester, Grace married Arthur Thorne and lived in the village, Sam married Audrey Baker from Malvern and lived in the village, Jack married Gladys James from Bream and immediately emigrated to the USA to live although they returned in the late 50's to live at Paisley House. Howard , my grandfather, married May Roberts and lived at the farm at Saunders Green. His son Bob, my father, lived in the village. May died in 1944 and Howard remarried Ciss who was Phyliss Sewell's mother and went to live in Bowson Road Bream".
David Wilcox added (October 2014): "... I am not sure I can add much to your photos but Lionel and Edith Jenkins were my maternal grandparents. My mother Dorothy Ida Jenkins was the 3rd of 6 children and was born in Bream. Lionel and Edith must have moved to Dolgellau after 1916. Edith was well over 90 when she died though she was only 50 when Lionel died. I remember hearing of Aunties Gwen and Grace Coldrick as a child and of Paisley".
Thanks also to Peter Richards.
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