Have you ever gone back to the place where you grew up and realised that it all looks really small. Every time I go back to the village where I lived as a small child I am amazed at how tiny all of the houses seem to be. Even the roads are small. The playing field looks like a postage stamp, but it seemed so big when I was a child.
Of course if you actually go back to the house where you lived that seems small too.
Last week, when I was back in the place where I was a small child, I took a couple of photographs to share with you. These places all seemed really big as a child, and in my memory they are big. When I see them now though they look so much smaller!
As I drove down the road through the village the houses that I remember being so tall were tiny, even the chapel and the church look so small to me.
This is the first house. It wasn't our house, but we lived here for a little while on the top floor - where you can see that bay window sticking out on the end. This is a very old house. The main house dates from the 18th Century and there is a well that is named in the Domesday Book - which was compiled in 1086!!! That is nigh on a thousand years ago!!!!
It used to look much nicer with a slate roof - as you can see on the area on the right. I am surprised that it doesn't have one now. The people that own it now have made a lot of changes that I don't like, but that is the way of the world isn't it. Another of the perils of "going back" is seeing how things have changed.
It always seemed to me that this house was enormous. Indeed it could fit loads of people in it. This is a house for a large family. The house isn't the same as it once was. The garden is much more overgrown and some beautiful specimen trees have been lost.
I think that I prefer to remember my memories!
One thing though about going to this house wasn't smaller. This house is on a little lane which is unadopted which means that it isn't maintained by the local council. The lane was always full of massive pot holes and guess what. It still is!!! In fact, I think it is worse!!! So some things haven't changed at least.
This really was our house. It actually is bigger than it looks in this photo, but again it is smaller than I remember. The ground falls away steeply on the other side of the house so there is a cellar underneath that actually opens out on to the garden.
Many many years ago this used to house the village butchers shop - which is probably why it had such a big cellar as I imagine it was to store the meat in. The shop was where you see the bay window affair with the white boards over it on the right hand side. This is actually the end of the house.
The house is Victorian and was a great place to grow up as a child.
I then moved on to another village where I went to school. The photo above looks pretty boring, but when I was a child if you had looked through this chain link fence - it was a chain link fence then too! - you would have seen some wooden buildings which housed my primary school.
Some years ago the school was merged with the one in the village where I grew up - where the houses above are - and this school was demolished. Now the field is a playground for children.
Originally this school was housed in the building you can see below. This was our school hall. We had assembly here, and our school dinners - which I remember being absolutely disgusting!!
This has now been sold and as you can see it is someones home. The two triangular windows in the roof didn't exist way back when. I assume they have been put in to allow light to an added first floor. When it was the school hall it was open right up to the rafters - as school halls often are.
There was also a playground area where the garden is and there was no driveway, instead a flight of steps went up to a gate that was set into a fence of beautiful metal railings (not the ones you see here).
The very worst thing about this building was the outside toilets. They really were outside, brick shed affairs with a sort of half door that went across the middle of the door opening. It was grim! Especially in the winter!!
Just one of the reasons why this school was closed and combined with the other one.
Oddly enough this building looks about the same size as I remember it being. Perhaps it is because it has changed so much, and my eye is deceived. Or my memory is!!
I am surprised by one other thing. The little area of flat roof and wall that you see on the right hand side was the porch and it still appears to be the same. If this was my house I would have added a lovely new porch here!
I don't want to tell you where this place is because I still have family living there and don't want to reveal their locations. Hope you don't mind!
Have you ever been back to where you grew up? What did you think, was it very different or just the same?