Mr Jack Rowledge

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He was born and lived in Thompson Street until 1916. Very happy community in Bradwell.  When they moved to Wolverton they went into a different atmosphere – People leaving New Bradwell and buying new homes in Wolverton.  Writer in “Daily Herald” said that “if you went to a club in Wolverton without a collar, they wouldn’t look at you and nobody would speak to you.  But in New Bradwell, everybody would accept you.  It came about with people trying to live above themselves”.  The neighbours were never the same in Wolverton.  We rented a house.   Nobody was neighbourly because they were property owners – they thought themselves superior.

He went to school in Wolverton and fitted in fairly well.  He got a job as a milk boy for Mr. Beasley.  Took milk to all the “personalities” in Wolverton district – Rev. Harnett, Dr. Penny etc.  He was often late for school.  Mr. Hippsley, the head, gave him a rap one or two times.  So some mornings, he didn’t get any breakfast milk – then got another rap!  Boss went with him and had a good go at him – then he didn’t get into trouble for being late.  He went with a pony and float and collected milk from Beasley’s farm at Hanslope.  He went early to do blackberrying there and then took them into class – got pat on head for that.

Day he was 13, he went to school at 9.00am.  Had to see the headmaster, left school and started work at the Print at 10am (1918).  Rather than go another year, his father got a job for him.  He knew nothing about it, just told by his father to take the job.  This was parental control.  Had to have the money with eight children.

Got up at 6.50am and never drew a penny.  Another boy had his “wages” in milk, butter and cheese.  In 1920, after men came back from the War, he lost job and went back to the milk – a few more months there before going back to the Print again.

Mr. Beasley’s farm was at Hanslope, but his brother had a depot in Church Street, next door to Kings’ the Bakers.  They had ponies kept beyond their home in Western Road.  They took milk and bakers ponies down before 7.00am and then had to carry 2 x 5 gallon cans carried around the streets with them.  This was from the age of eleven or twelve.  The milk was collected the night before in order to deliver in the morning.  Pony and trap went off in the morning, to collect the rest of the day’s supply.  Milk was served out with scoops into jugs, filled up and covered with a lace doily to keep the dust out. Some houses wanted second delivery later in the day.

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