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people : reminiscences

Since launching theBythams website in 2001, we have had a number of emails, and other feedback, from people that used to live in the area who write detailing memories of their time in theBythams area which they are pleased to share with others.

Many of the comments reproduced below appear also in our online Guestbook, we make no apology for repeating them here in the hope that it prevokes further contributions and response!

Andrea and Clive Dunham, New Zealand
Greetings from New Zealand.My grandfather Tom Dunham had The
Three Tuns in Castle Bytham .For a short time I went to school there,before
spending one term at Stamford grammar school and leaving England for ever.I can still remember the happy times I spent there ,picking wild plums and gooseberries,raiding the doctor's orchard ,across the lane from the pub,and collecting birds eggs. I spent the latter part of1945 and a fair bit of 1946 at Castle Bytham school,up the hill,past the church which was on the lane which was beside the pub and ran up from High Street.I expect it still
does. A lovely little village and a magical time spent in the life of an 11
yr. old boy.
Regards Clive Dunham------now living out my days in New Zealand

Jackie Lynch, Australia
We lived in Castle Bytham from the end of 1946 to May 1958. I was only a few months old when we moved there. My name was Jackie Vowles, my father Victor drove the local bus. He worked for a Mr Blankley on the Great North Road. My mothers name is Rachael, we lived at 1 St Martins (I think - it is the first house at the top of the lane on the right), my brother Peter and sisters, Helen and Gillian, were born there.
We went to the school and church in the pictures on this website, I remember well going up the hill past the Three Tuns. I played for hours on the Castle Hill - The Giants Grave and the Giants Table were a bit frightening (I beleive it is private land now - what a pity for the local children), got wet in the streamcatching fish in jam jars, roamed around the countryside, birds nesting, watched the fox hunting, rode my bike for miles - it was a great place to grow up.
We moved to nottingham in 1958. I visited the village in 1985 and 1998 wiht my sister Gill. We checked out the cemetery where I recognised a few old names but unfortunately did not get to talk to anyone I knew.
Some of my memories...
- Jennifer Webber was a good friend she had a sister who amrried an Abbot, they had a farm and the Webbers lived in a house by the pond.
- Bernard Burrows & Stanley Syzki(?) - Peter's friends
- the Crawfords and picks who were farmers
- the Picks who had the shop on the corner
I have two little books on the village - Historic Sites of Castle Bytham and the Village Trail. I would love to hear from anyone or news of anyone from my time. I live on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. I cam eto Australia in 1970, Peter and Helen live her too, Gillian lives in Newark. Hoping to hear from you.

Joe Perduno
Interesting website! I have a link to Castle Bytham, as I used to go to the school there years ago! ( 1954 ). My father was an Italian prisoner of war based at Castle Bytham and he worked on a farm at Counthorpe Lodge for a Mr. Martin. We often visit Castle Bytham and the surrounding areas - my mother still likes to go back there. We often wonder where my fathers camp was based - according to the book 'history of Castle Bytham' - it was at the Red Barn farm? - is there anyone in the village who knows?. Thanks for an interesting website.

House in St Martins Castle Bytham (c.1950?), emailed to us by Gill Groom who lived in it with her sister Jackie.