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Collingbourne Kingston

Collingbourne Kingston is Burbage's nearest neighbour to the south.

The first scene shows the bridge across the infant Bourne and the beginning of the hamlet of Brunton. It was probably taken from the railway bridge.

The bridge

Like the previous photo this scene is from about 1900. It shows what is now the A338, looking north from the edge of the village. Believe me no one could stand and pose today like these people are without risking life and limb. The cottages in the centre are still there as is the more distant building with a portico doorway. This was, until about 1990, the Windmill Inn - it is now a house.

Collingbourne Kingston 

Olive Bishop (nee Broadway), who was born in Burbage but brought up in Collingbourne Kingston, sent me these two photographs:

The first is the people of Collingbourne celebrating the coronation of King George VI in 1937. It was taken in the school yard. If you recognise anyone please let me know.
Coronation 1937

The second picture is of Fred "Dinkie" Broadway, Olive's brother, taken in 1931 when he was aged 11. Although the family had moved from Burbage to Collingbourne, Fred continued his education at Burbage until he was 14, cycling between the villages each day. He is wearing a scouts or cubs uniform and his scout master was Mr Carver - Burbage's postmaster and a staunch Methodist.

Fred Broadway

Finally a photo sent by Tony Braime. It was taken in 1919 with the firemen attending a fire at Collingbourne. It was obviously thirsty work but can anyone shed any light on the people or location? Manor Farm perhaps?

Firemen at Collingbourne 1919

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©Colin Younger, Tony Braime & Olive Bishop 2005