A House of Our Own
We started to save the 5% deposit needed to buy a house and were hoping to get one in Sandwick Terr. This was the one street in Wheatley Hill that weíd fancied living in, the houses overlooked open fields. Our two lads were both doing very well at school and now was the time to move. We still had rent to pay and as usual we were struggling but determined to make progress.
I was passing Sandwick Terr. on my way to work when I noticed a For Sale sign in the garden, I stopped and made a note of the contact number and could hardly wait to get to work to make a phone call to the estate agents and arranged to go and see the owners Mr &Mrs F. Dumville that same night. £6500 was the asking price. Violet and I got a neighbour to baby sit while we went to have a look. We decided we wanted it and told the Dumvilles our offer was £6250, with no place to sell of our own it was also a very good offer to them. We went back home and expected to hear something in the next day or so but to our amazement Frank Dumville came around that same night and we shook hands and agreed† the deal.
The next day I phoned our Building Society and made arrangements to engage a solicitor Yarwood & Co. and set the wheels in motion. Both of our mothers thought we were mad and were of the opinion we should rent rather than buy. Just as well we took no notice.
We moved in 1973 just as Ian was starting his last year at the juniors and Paul was in his first year. Both of the lads liked the new house
Over the next few
months I was very busy at work. Plans were being laid to build a new Giant Steel
I signed the contract and settled down to
do the job of running the Architectural Department. I was responsible for the
design and procurement of all building work in our group, which included office
buildings, welfare buildings and all other special ancillary buildings. I had 3
assistants and 14 draughtsmen working for me at one stage and I loved every
minute of my job. Itís ironic that approximately six years later the two major
engineering departments were to amalgamate again. My old mentor and boss Phil
Horseman who had been working at