Peggy's Story - In Her Own Words

The Talbot, The Garage and The Bell

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The Talbot, the Garage, the Bell

The Talbot is quite an historical place, it used to be a coaching inn - I don't remember that, of course, horses used to stop there. Before the war we had the Midland Red coach company used it for refreshments - we used to have lots of red coaches stop there every day.

It was a general garage, did a lot of repair work. Mr Edgar Daniels owned it, he was a very good man at his job. He employed Ewan Cameron, who was organist at Shenley Church and his brother Alistair, their father was the vicar's gardener, they both were extremely good organists. Gladys Gurney, Dorothy's sister, was employed there as secretary.

The Bell Inn was a small pub, like the Plough. In those days there seemed to be a lot of drinking men around. I can remember some of the families were very poor through this, and any meat my Grandfather had left over from his round at the weekend, he would distribute it to these families, where the husband was drinking.

Going to school was fun, we had the 'tippling pole', near the chapel. We couldn't go past it, it was a long bar, near a ditch, we used to go tippling head over heels over it, we used to think it was great fun. We all came home to lunch from Shenley school, there were no school lunches, not until I went to Bletchley. You had to be back by 2 o'clock. We started in the morning at half past eight, I think, about an hour for lunch. Most of the men were agricultural workers or they worked in Wolverton works.

The Bell - I think it was knocked down while I was working at Bletchley Park. It was a dwelling placefor a while, maybe evacuees lived there during the war. A lot of men went to the war from here. There was the 46 cafe, just beyond the Bell, it was a great stopping place for lorries during the war, they were open all night. They provided a great service.

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