The Lodge Today

Who's been sleeping in my Bed ?

My dad's home for 20 years, South Lodge, formerly known as Abbey Lodge,
is now, according to The Times, available from £565 per week . . . . for those who wish to follow in my childhood footsteps . . . .
Extract from The Times Newspaper : Saturday 27th January 2007

"For the first time, later this year, guests will be able to stay at a tiny cottage overlooking one of the most historic sites in Britain: the battlefield where King Harold fell to William the Conqueror "       
My dad says:

"I was born in the bedroom (circled) which overlooks the battlefield, on November 24th 1926.
The photograph of me sleeping in this bedroom was taken by my father when I was about two.
There was no electricity in those days and the cottage was lit by Alladin parafin lamps,
however I understand that the photograph was taken by candle-light using a
half-plate glass negative in a wooden camera with cloth bellows.

My parents, brother, and grandparents lived together, all six of us, in this tiny cottage which at this time was provided for employees working in the Abbey gardens, a profession which I was reluctantly obliged to follow for a short period when I left school in 1939.
The outbreak of the Second World War was to be the beginning of the end of my family's working connection with the Battle Abbey Estate."
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