Old Shop signs

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5 Responses to “Old Shop signs”


  1. 1 Robert Sampson February 21, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I didn’t receive a picture of the old shop signs; would you re-send please?

  2. 2 Karen February 21, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    No picture with this post today 😦

  3. 3 Barbara Collins February 22, 2013 at 10:27 am

    hello – the picture of the ‘old shop sign’ didn’t appear.

  4. 4 blagdonorg February 22, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Sorry about that – hopefully this is what you’re missing

  5. 5 Robert Sampson February 25, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you for re-sending. My Aunt Florrie (Flo Addicott….Andrew’s mum) when she was a child used to run to the Post Office in Blagdon carrying my father’s pigeon(s) on return from a race. The P.O. had a machine that the pigeon’s ring slipped into and the time was recorded and relayed to the race adjudicator. I expect Flo ran along without shoes; in her own words on the Blagdon Voices CD she tells us that she was only allowed to wear shoes at school, or church. A new pair of shoes was a major expense for a family of 11 children so there must have been a lot of ‘hand-me-downs’ worn by the Sampson children. Flo was the youngest of the eleven.
    My father, Albert Sampson, had a job when he was a schoolboy; after classes at Blagdon School he worked in the slaughterhouse belonging to one ‘Butcher Ball’ who, apparently, bore the forename ‘Mendip’ after whom my third forename was given. Butcher Ball was generous and gave my dad a quantity of meat to take home in return for his labours (cleaning up the slaughterhouse), sufficient to feed that host of 2 adults and 11 children.
    Butcher Ball used to organise ‘ad hoc’ boxing tournaments in the slaughterhouse and my dad was a participant in those.
    All very boring stuff, I realise, but a lot of little snippets of info make for a comprehensive history of Blagdon and its folklore.


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