An Account of Her Early Life in West Worlington by Vera Sanders (Lee)
I was born in 1931 and lived in Town Cottage with my brothers Francis and Dennis. My earliest memory is of a five year old, being sent to sit in the garden while my brother Denis was born. Denis was always known as Toby. Toby was the name of the donkey up the road, I liked the donkey and the name stuck.
Aged eleven I went to Tiverton Grammer School, I would cadge a lift on a Monday morning with the butcher who took me to Witheridge, where I caught a bus to Tiverton. I lodged in Tiverton during the week before catching the bus back to Witheridge, and walking home. Eventually I got a push bike which I would leave during the week at the back of The Angel, when I came back on a Friday it would nearly always have a puncture, (who was riding my bike?)
I also remember that if you reported to a farmer that his livestock had got out of the field you would be rewarded with £10.
During the war the army set up camp in the fields of Hensley farm, every day I had to go past them to go to the farm to get the milk, everyday without fail, they would call out “who goes there” and I still have a piece of the bomb that landed.
When the army arrived they had no food and they were really hungry so mother organised bread and cheese for them, the only problem was, when they came to get it they took all of our food as well, so we were the ones that went hungry.
I really liked double summertime when it was light until eleven in the evening.
I can trace my family back to 1775 when William Lee was born; William married Mary Parish in 1803.
The village was a lovely place to grow up in.