I went with my cousin
Robert Allen to see the village of Coldridge to
find out where our Grandad's sister had lived. Now
many of what were once the important village businessses
are modernised houses called The Old Forge or The
Old Bakery or The Old Post Office. It is a shame
to realise that the heart of this beautiful country
community has been lost but I have heard that village
life still thrives.
My cousin and I thought
that Coldridge is a beautiful place. Our Grandad
was George Creasey Allen and he had a younger sister
Winifred Kate who married a Mr Plumridge and lived
in The Old School House right next to lovely Coldridge
Their home is still
a lovely brick and stone building with a large porch
and the old school hall still there on one side.
Great Aunt Winifred died and was buried in the beautiful
churchyard within sight of the windows of her house
in 1972. Her daughter who I knew as "Cousin
Madge" used to write to me in the 1970's but
sadly I was never able to visit and see her lovely
village at that time.
Cousin Robert and I
were able to see that Cousin Madge had died in 1982
and was buried in this churchyard right next to
her mother. Our visit was on a cold damp December
day and not ideal for tramping around a churchyard
so we would like very much to return on a bright
sunny summer day in 2008 and plant some flowers
and bulbs on Great Aunt Winifred and Cousin Madge's
graves to show we care for their memories and for
the lovely place in which they were so lucky to
We took photographs
on our visit to remind us of what a lovely place
If this artical attracts
any replies from people who knew my distant cousins
then I would be most pleased to hear from them.
Written by John Howard Norfolk.