Valerie Brazier

Image accompanying MP3 audio clip: Valerie Brazier 1 ( KB)

Valerie Brazier 1

Valerie's early memories of life in Barton and Tredworth

Valerie Brazier 2

Here, Valerie recalls some of the shops in the area

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In this clip, Valerie remembers how World War Two affected life in Barton and Tredworth

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Valerie explains the circumstances surrounding her husband Cyrils' National Service call up

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Valerie's views on the way Barton and Tredworth has changed since her childhood

Photo:Valerie's father outside the shoe shop he managed in Tredworth.

Valerie's father outside the shoe shop he managed in Tredworth.

Photo:Cyril Brazier's National Service Certificate

Cyril Brazier's National Service Certificate

Memories of Nelson Street

By Tom Charnock

Valerie Brazier was brought up in Nelson Street and lived in Barton and Tredworth until the birth of her second child, when she moved to Longlevens. Before she was born, Valerie's father ran a shoe shop in Tredworth high street (pictured below) and her mother was a cook who prepared meals for schools all over Gloucestershire. Her husband Cyril, a plumber by trade, was called up to serve in the Dragoon Guards for his National Service by the slimmest of time margins, and often found himself having to fulfil various unusual tasks in order to get home to see her from his base in Germany. Here in this collection of audio clips, Valerie shares with us some of her fondest memories of living in Barton and Tredworth and also how the community has changed over the years.

To view a digital story in which Valerie shares how she met her future husband Cyril, please click here.

Interview conducted by Magdalena Medynska and edited by Tom Charnock

This page was added by Tom Charnock on 03/07/2012.
Comments about this page

I saw your item about Valerie Brazier. I lived in Nelson Street opposite Val. She used to take me out in my pushchair when I was small! Her mother was my Auntie Doll! We had a fruit and vegetable shop at the back of our yard. My grandmother, Nanny Ford to everyone in the street, had married Henry Ford in about 1926 and moved to Nelson Street a few years later. He had a Vegetable round with his horse and cart. This was kept in the stables at the back of 34. Later, this business was taken over by my nan's sons who became Griffiths brothers. they kept their wagons in the yard when I was a child in the 1950's. We lived in a close knit community. Everyone left their doors open and people always just walked into our house. There was lots of support, but lots of falling out too! I went to Tredworth School and I loved it! I have so many childhood memories of the people and the things that happened. I went on to Denmark Road school, got married, had two daughters, became a teacher. I have never forgotten Tredworth even though it's probably more than 40 years since I was last there. To me it still has a special place in my heart! I wonder if anyone remembers my family, especially my wonderful grandmother, Nanny Ford! Strangely enough, though I haven't lived in Gloucester for more than 40 years, I have a good friend whose daughter has recently moved to Tredworth and loves it!

By Brenda Sharpe
On 21/05/2013