Amberley by onewing

Amberley

This is the house where I lived until I was four years old. (The house with the brown door)

Mum and her first husband Frank bought the newly built house in 1938 shortly after they married.

There were 6 new houses built on a new road and as they were the first houses they weren't numbered so each of the owners gave their houses names. Our house was called Amberley. It is still called Amberley and I wonder if the current owners know the history of the name.

When the war began Frank joined the RAF and he was killed in 1942 when my sister was 7 months old.

Mum met and married my Dad shortly after the war. Sadly my Dad died when I was 3 years old of cancer of the spine.

A year after my Dad died Mum decided that the house was jinxed, she had so much sadness here. She sold Amberley and we moved from Yorkshire to Lancashire.

My sister took this photo a couple of years ago when she visited Yorkshire on Remembrance Day to put flowers on her Dad's grave.

I do hope the current owners have a happy life in this house.

That is such a sad story and thank you for sharing. Houses do contain so much history.
December 30th, 2021  
Nice shot. Hope for happiness too
December 30th, 2021  
Lovely home Babs.... Such memories come with tour photos...hope the people who live there now are happy.
December 30th, 2021  
Beautiful house. Your mum certainly had her fair share of grief whilst living there. I hope that future families have had an easier time.
December 30th, 2021  
What a beautiful house but such a sad story! Your poor Mum! Did she ever marry again?
It would be great to know who is living there and find out if they are happy.
December 30th, 2021  
@ludwigsdiana yes she did marry again when I was about 9 years old. They lasted a long time together. He died in 1994 in an aged care home because he had Alzheimer's and Mum died five days later. Two funerals in a week was a bit traumatic but I think Mum had spent all her life taking care of everyone and she needed a rest, she just curled up her toes and slipped away
December 30th, 2021  
how amazing to see it
December 30th, 2021  
Your mum sounds like she was a wonderful lady. My nan and grandad lived in a house similar to this one. Theirs was called Martins - my grandad loved birds and nature! They were engaged for 10 years so they could save to buy the house and move in once they'd married. My nan's mum moved in with them at the same time because she was on her own. Apparently I lived there for a short while with my mum and dad when I was first born and I spent many wonderful holidays with my nan and grandad. Thanks for bringing back so many lovely memories.
December 30th, 2021  
What a lovely well maintained house , but what a sad story , photos bring back so many memories sad and happy . the present owners must love living here to keep it in such top condition !
December 30th, 2021  
@nickspicsnz glad it brought back memories for you. The house was called Amberley because while the house was being build Mum and Frank went down south to Worthing because he was thinking about expanding the family business. While there Mum got a job nursing in a private nursing home in Amberley. They loved it there but with the threat of war looming they decided to shelve that idea and came back to Yorkshire.
December 30th, 2021  
What a lovely piece of history. Your poor mum though, she's fairly been through the mill. Thank you for sharing this.
December 30th, 2021  
Wonderful history and fabulous photo. I’m so glad your Mum found happiness after all that grief
December 30th, 2021  
A little snapshot of your family history with sadness. I hope that you all had happy times too.
December 30th, 2021  
So nice to have a record of the place you were born, thank you for your narrative, your mum really had it tough:)
December 30th, 2021  
How lovely and what a terribly English place!
December 30th, 2021  
Lovely though has sad memories
December 30th, 2021  
Beautiful building and still in an immaculate state. Thank you for sharing the story of your family, even if not always with a happy ending. Times were tough back then and we moan about sacrifices we have to make because of this virus !
December 30th, 2021  
Your story was so interesting and also sad. I hope your lovely looking house gave you some good memories, too.
December 30th, 2021  
Great memories for you, we have a place called Amberley near here.
December 30th, 2021  
A lovely house, but a sad story
December 30th, 2021  
Oh what a tragic story. I do hope your Mum had a happier life after she moved.
December 30th, 2021  
Beautiful house but a sad narrative!
December 30th, 2021  
A lovely post Babs. Lovely to share your past memories & we are honoured to hear them. Amberley looks a lovely home, I particularly like the cream moulding under the top bedroom window, it looks nicer that colour that the burgundy.
Your mum did have a very unfortunate life with her dear husbands, no wonder she moved…a very sensible lady moving to Lancashire she was too…hope things looked up for her there!
December 30th, 2021  
@nicolecampbell @edorreandresen @happysnaps @salza @koalagardens @beryl @jamibann @kjarn @wakelys @pcoulson @pusspup @joansmor @sangwann @mittens @ladymagpie @carolmw @busylady @jacqbb @happypat Thanks. Mum was a nurse but found it difficult working as a nurse with two young children so she sold Amberley moved to Lancashire and bought a grocers shop (the house was at the back of the shop) so she could earn a living and have us at home too. She still had to go back to her nursing roots on occasion though. If ever any of our neighbours died in their home Mum always seemed to be called on as we had a phone and she could phone either the doctor or the ambulance etc. She also delivered a few babies when the midwives didn't turn up on time.
December 30th, 2021  
Beautiful house. We need just a little bit of luck to fill the cold walls.
December 30th, 2021  
What a sad story Babs!
December 31st, 2021  
It’s a lovely house with a complex history. Thank you for sharing.
December 31st, 2021  
I love hearing these stories. Thanks for sharing.
December 31st, 2021  
It’s a beautiful house. You’d never know it contained a history of so much sadness.
December 31st, 2021  
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