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Re: Snitterfield in 1954
Reply #20 by Carol Rose
Posted: April 4, 2010 at 22:37
Hello Andy Croft
I have emailed you a picture of the Clyde Higgs milk bottles (plus several other old images and info). They are now collectors items; have their own fan club in "Milk Bottle News" web site. I recently took a virtual visit to Snitterfield via Google Earth, go to Streetscene and click on the camera icons to drive along the lanes and revisit old haunts. When is someone going to rebuild that burnt down pub where my dad used to enjoy a pint of Flowers ale in 1953?

Re: Snitterfield in 1954
Reply #21 by civic
Posted: April 6, 2010 at 09:55
when the cows had been let out of their winter quarters the top of the milk had a plug of cream from where the cows had started eating the spring grass and you could almost tip bottle upside down with out losing any!
Re: Snitterfield in 1954
Reply #22 by Richard Beresford
Posted: April 6, 2010 at 15:00
Carol, My father too was a foreman I believe in the early sixties at Clyde Higgs before being made redundant. His name was Stan Beresford and he and my mother Edith lived at various farms but they also lived for a while at Gorse Cottage. After they left my uncle Joe Charles lived there with his wife Vera. Joe was a herdsman and Game keeper. I spent many happy times there so it must have changed from when you were there. Did you see Dangerfield the TV series, one of the episodes was filmed there and I have a copy if you wish.
Re: Snitterfield in 1954
Reply #23 by Carol Rose
Posted: April 17, 2010 at 20:13
Hello Richard Beresford
I would love to have a copy of the episode of Dangerfield. I will email you separately about it and of course re-imburse any costs and postage. I do have a video player if it is on tape. I will also send you some of my photos. I'm sure we would have enjoyed our stay at Gorse Cottage if it had not been for the unfortunate circumstances in which we moved there, having been evicted from the lovely old house at Hatton Bank Farm. Clyde Higgs arrived to do his customary weekly inspection in a very expensive car. A snappy yappy dog jumped out of the car and startled Dad's horse which backed its cart into the door of the car. Dad was demoted from foreman to labourer, he had to tend the pigs that lived in the woods surrounding Gorse Cottage. It was a bitterly cold winter and the cottage had no electricity, we had to go to bed by candlelight, awful for Mum with a young baby. My four year old sister nearly died from pneumonia, it was March before Dad managed to find another job and we moved down to Surrey. Dad was very bitter about losing his job as foreman because he was an expert horseman. At the age of 18 he was running his own farm using horses, and from the 1930's he had served in the Life Guards and the Household Cavalry. After the war he had owned a riding stable with 40 horses, so to be blamed for the incident with the dog was very unfair. I only have a few photos of Hatton Bank farmhouse exterior in the 1950's, Dad only had a box Brownie camera and was not really into photography as people are today. I am hoping that someone in Snitterfield might have pictures of Hatton Bank farm house, and if any were of the interior it would be wonderful, I only have my memories of the huge slate floored kitchen where Mum would bath us all in front of the fire. I would also love to hear from Christopher Cusworth, who mentioned that he had a photo of a Christmas dinner there. Does anyone have a picture of the pupils in Snitterfield School, Mrs Spurling's class of 1954 which I was in at the age of 7.I still have my school report.
Cheers, Carol Rose

Re: Snitterfield in 1954
Reply #24 by Carol Rose
Posted: April 29, 2010 at 12:56
Hello Richard Beresford and James Ferris
I have sent emails to you both with information on Hatton Bank and Snitterfield in the 1950's. I hope it arrived safely as I have not heard back. If it did not arrive, give me a ring and I will send it again.

Re: Snitterfield in 1954
Reply #25 by William Burns
Posted: March 25, 2011 at 21:00
Hello everyone,
I am a PhD student in history in the Centre for the History of Science at Imperial College London, writing a thesis on 20thC English agriculture, and I'm very interested in Clyde Higgs, his farm, and the experiences of those who worked for him. I wondered if anyone on this forum would be prepared to speak with me, and possibly share their knowledge or archival material? Besides being tremendously valuable for my project, and for a broader project at the Centre concerned with writing a more comprehensive history of the British countryside in the 20thC, they would recieve credit in any publications arising. Please contact me if you would like to find out more. My email is:; mobile no.: 07836662522.
Apologies for intruding into your very interesting forum, and best wishes, William
Postal address: William Burns, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ.
Re: Snitterfield in 1954
Reply #26 by clyde higgs
Posted: October 11, 2011 at 20:49
I was born in Hampton Lucy, in 1955, My dad worked on the milk round and Uncle Joe was gamekeeper and lived at Gorse Cottage, he also worked one of the "bails" it was usually down the bottom meadows, i have many memories and several photographs tel 01789 840012
Re: Snitterfield in 1954
Reply #27 by john boyle
Posted: October 25, 2011
my mother in law lived in gorse cottage from 1945 to 1952, we recently visited and saw the many restorative features that have transformed the cottage to how my mother in law descibes, she went to school at hampton lucy, and remembers having pigs as pets, her father worked for clyde higgs, his name was john davies who was known as jack, i would be grateful for any pictures of this era if anyone can help. i will consult mother in law for more stories of her childhood life with any names from that time, our email is thanks.
Re: Snitterfield in 1954
Posted: January 7, 2012 at 22:50
I moved to Snitterfield when I was 4yrs old which would be in 1955. My
Dad Harry Wilkins was the foreman/ farm manager at Park House which
belonged to Geoffrey Lewis. I too went to the school in the village & I
do remember Clyde Higgs & his milking herd.We lived in Ivy Cottage in
Smiths Lane.I remember the Whatcotes & used to spend a lot of time with
Christine & Dick. I would be very interested in your book Carol so
please let me know when I can buy a copy.
Re: Snitterfield in 1954
Reply #29 by steve wheeler (Malvern)
Posted: April 1, 2012 at 11:20
Clyde Higgs....I just cannot find out how many different rhymes they used on their milkbottles ? I have a milkbottle museum here in Malvern, Worcestershire and so far have tracked down about 40 diferent verses ....if anyone has any bottles ( please don't throw them out) , or info, or would like to visit, please mail me at or tel : 01684.569656
Re: Snitterfield in 1954
Reply #30 by David Pritchard
Posted: May 4, 2012 at 15:49
Fascinating to come across this discussion. I am the Grandson of Amos and Florence Pritchard, and son of Terry Pritchard who were living at Black Hill (and are mentioned in some of the previous posts). I spent many happy weekends and holidays at Blackhill and remember some of the people mentioned in previous posts from the 60's and 70's. I think that the horse Wizendene was before my time. but I recall 2 horses on the farm around 1970, a big grey called Bacchus and a brown horse with a white flash on its forehead called Vim.
Re: Snitterfield in 1954
Reply #31 by Nick Green
Posted: June 8, 2012 at 12:26
I am a member of the Kenilworth History and Archaelogy Society and I am doing some research on Gee Dairies of Kenilworth. I am lead to believe that Clyde Higgs supplied Gees with milk from around the mid fifties, has anyone out there got any information that may interest me on this? Thanks
Re: Snitterfield in 1954
Reply #32 by david higgs
Posted: August 27, 2012 at 21:52
clyde higgs.there is a picture of clyde higgs in birmingham library.
the book is called STARTING FROM SCRATCH, the book is about the history of higgs motors, started by WALTER FRANK HIGGS, higgs brothers
worked in bham, and moved to witton B6.CLYDE left the manufactoring of
electric motors for his love of farming.SIR JOHN HIGGS ,son of walter
frank higgs joined his uncle to study modern farming. I am very interested in the stories of CLYDE. I will visit hampton lucy church
to pay my respects.
Re: Snitterfield in 1954
Reply #33 by chrissie
Posted: September 10, 2012 at 19:30
I lived at Spring Farm with my family in the late 60's, my
dad was a milkman also. Moved to Snitterfield where we
lived until the late 70's . Any photos of spring farm would
be greatly appreciated, thankyou x
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