Teamsmen Tom 'Rummy' Woodhouse and Jakey Matthews,
posing with a team outside Ivy Hall in Purdey Street, Salthouse, c. 1916.
Tom's grandson Jasper, aged 84, remembers: "The
man on the right is Jakey Matthews, he’s the one that jumped
over the churchyard wall to get married! He was working in the field
next to the church and he told his mate, ‘I’m just going
- I’ll be about half an hour.’ And he jumped over the
wall, went in the church, got married and come back to work."
Tom's wife Mary Woodhouse
with her ducklings.
It is told that she once went over the road to the post office with
a duck's egg in her bosom, about to hatch . . .
The post office is behind her in this pic.
Holman as a boy on
the duckpond then known as 'Springholes'
Brian Holman related a little story about his grandfather when
Tom was teamsman at the Hall farm in the early 1900s:
In the Dun Cow
left to right:
Tom 'Rummy' Woodhouse, Harry Mace, Haddon High, Henry Dew and
used to be out early mornings with the horses, and they'd sit on
the corner of the field having a drink. The boss come up on his big
horse and they were talking about big houses. my grandfather said 'I
reckon I was born in a bigger house than you.' 'What do you
mean boy,' he say. 'Where were you born then?' ' In
And the boss turned his horse and went off and never said a word . .
The 1953 flood ravaged the cottages all along the coast road and round
the village green.
Tom, by then a widower, was rescued and taken to Weybourne Camp, on Muckleborough
hill - as were many Salthouse people.
He died just
a week after, from
pneumonia and the shock of
the worst flood of that century.
Tom as an
old man in the front garden of Victoria Cottage before
the 1953 flood.
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