This article appeared in Issue 73 of Buckets & Spades Journal, and was written by a R J Luxton from memory in 1997.
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I never knew Walter Watkins. I knew Albert & Sid who were probably his brothers. They were Painters & Decorators and lived at the bottom of union street opposite the old Ebenezer Chapel. They both played football for Nailsea in the 1920's.
Jim Vowles lived in one of three cottages which were on that piece of waste ground next to Scotch Horn Centre. He had three children, Rose, Douglas and Iris. He was transferred to Bristol Sorting Office because he used to get drunk and neglect his duties.
I do not remember Oliver Kitchen living at Mizzimead Cottage, his sister Rose did. She was married to George Caple. Norman Baker's grandfather's brother Oliver lived in a house called Fir Tree Cottage which had previously been a Pub called ”The Glass Makers Arms”, it is on the left hand at the top of the lane leading from High street down to French Close.
Walter Cutler lived in Waites Cottage which used to be where Nailsea Office Supplies now is. Another postman was Harry Gray. He lived on the left hand side at the top of Kings Hill where Woodmans Butchers shop used to be. I went to school with his daughters, Primrose & Kathleen.
The other Postman was Charlie Summerell, he lived at North street, Nailsea and had a Blacksmiths Forge nearly opposite Bakers butchers shop.
These five men were the only postmen I remember between 1920 and the early 1930's.