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Victor Lock

Born in 1928 in the back-room at Cranscombe, a farm above Rockford, Victor was the fifth and youngest child in a family that had been at the farm for four generations. He spent the war years finishing his education at Brendon school, and then at the age of fourteen started an apprenticeship as a carpenter in Lynton. After the war he married Margaret Graham from Wilsham, the farm to the north of Cranscombe, and in 1952 they left the area and went to live in Bridgwater where their daughter Susan was born.

Black and white photo taken in the early 1940s of Victor Lock on a motorbike at Cranscombe farm above Brendon in north Devon.

Victor's chapter includes the following topics and many more:

  • growing up on Cranscombe and Shilstone farms
  • fishing
  • ice skating along the field gutters
  • a donkey-riding accident
  • American troops arriving
  • land girls and the home guard
  • artillery practice and tanks on the common
  • German bombers
  • cutting turf
  • carpentry apprenticeship
  • first set of tools
  • wooden scaffolding
  • making coffins and measuring-up
  • trade union
  • first motorbike
  • leaving the area

Page sample from Victor's Chapter

Photo samples from Victor's Chapter

  • Black and white photo circa 1936 of Victor Lock as a lad at Cranscombe farm above Brendon in north Devon.
  • Black and white photo taken in early 1940s of the Brendon Home Guard at the gate to Countisbury church above Lynmouth in north Devon.
  • Black and white photo, circa early 1940s, unloading coal into a lorry from a ship grounded at low tide in Lynmouth harbour in north Devon.
  • Black and white photo, circa early 1930s, of digging peat up on the common.
  • Black and white photo, circa 1940, of Tom Lock and three friends in their new uniforms after joining the Navy at the start of the second world war.
  • Black and white photo taken in the late1940s of Victor Lock, George Graham and Margaret Graham having a picnic at Foreland point above Countisbury in north Devon.

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