Combe Down Memories

I have long wanted to introduce some personal Combe Down memories into the site.

The article written by Jackie Carr, wife of Dr David Carr about the history of Combe Down surgery was a step in this direction.

The history of the Combe Down surgery

PRESENTED TO THE COMBE DOWN PRACTICE BY DAVID CARR ON HIS RETIREMENT

WRITTEN AND COMPILED HIS WIFE JACKIE IN THE HOPE THAT SOMEBODY WILL ALWAYS BE INTERESTED ENOUGH TO CONTINUE RECORDING THE HISTORY OF A SUCCESSFUL AND HAPPY PRACTICE

August, 1997

© Jackie Carr 1997

Cherish the old, to understand the new – Chinese Proverb

On the Ordnance Survey map of 1884, the tree lined Avenue leading to Combe Down village, shows, on one side, a large green, known as Firs Field, and on the other, two solid detached houses, side by side...

Serendipity has struck with the memories of Frank Sumsion who was born on Combe Down in 1926. He published these on Bathonian’s past and present memories on Facebook – a closed group for Bathonians and their families. I loved them and they had a great response from members. Thinking they deserved a wider audience, I contacted Frank and asked whether I could publish them here. Luckily he said yes, so they have been added.

Frank Sumsion’s memories of Combe Down.

Recently, whilst lying in bed after awaking around 6.45 am, for some unknown reason my mind wandered back to Combe Down (the ‘Down’) and Bath during the time of my childhood and youth.

My first vivid memory as a four or five-year-old child was moving home with my dad, mum, two brothers and sister into an almost derelict cottage in Byfield Place, off Summer Lane, Combe Down...

Now I am hoping for some more luck so that this section of the site can be expanded.

So, if you know anyone who has lived on Combe Down who is willing to share their memories, photographs etc for publication here please do let me know by emailing me via this link.