Researching My Family History
Born and growing up in Battersea, the Thames was only a few streets away and as kids we often found ourselves on the foreshore. It was our place for adventure, skimming stones, eel spotting and playing pirates aboard the skeletal remains of a barge, all in the shadow of St Mary’s Church where my parents had been married. My Grandad lived with us and he had a certain style of whistling – on asking, he told me that it was a ‘Lighterman’s call’ and that he got it from his Uncle Jim who had been a lighterman (an operator of a flatbottomed barge).
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