B S recalls being brought up in the New Town (Trinity or ‘Chinatown’) area of Frome. He talks about the differences between life then and life now and describes some of the shops in the area.
Domestic and Housing
As a child, Allan Fairhurst lived in Selwood Road in a group of cottages called the ‘Ope’ or ‘Hope’.
Two out of the three houses are still there today.
Winifred Fairhurst’s family lived in a three-bedroomed house, with all the boys sleeping in one bedroom, all the girls in another, and the parents in the third.
Cliff Ellis grew up in Keyford when there were five public houses, two builders’ yards, a cooperage, a dairy, and a fish and chip shop nearby.
Tony and Sylvia Austin lived next to Oily Morgan’s shop on the corner of Church Street.
Gwen Venn moved to a rented cottage at the end of Willow Vale in 1949. She recalls the outside toilet with two planks for seats, including one with a smaller hole for children’s use.