Stowmarket, a market town almost in the centre of Suffolk, population around 20,000.
I was born there, when I was small I went there every week on the bus to visit my Grandma, then went to Grammar school and Youth Club there between 1966 and 1971 and lived there between 1975 and 1980 and for 6 months in 1991/2, also worked there between 1978 and 1980. It's always felt like MY town. I know my way around it, back streets, short cuts- and have even got used to the new roads that have appeared while we lived at the smallholding over by the coast.. Now we are back in Mid Suffolk it's my town again.
Here's a narrow alley, a path from the church to the High Street. When my Mum was small and lived in town there were houses up both sides. I can remember when there were houses on the right and an Eastern Electricity depot on the left. Now the town library is on the left and most of the buildings on the right have been demolished or rebuilt as part of the shops on the main street.
This triangle of grass just off the main street is know to everyone my age and older as "The Camping Land"
These cottages are just behind me as I took the Camping Land photo. They've been here since the 1700's but nobody noticed them much until 2012.
The Museum Of East Anglian Rural Life restored them
Must go on one of the guided tours sometime to see inside.
I'll probably show you around more of my Home Town over the next year.
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