A village child in springtime

Jesse Sleight born Creekmouth 1922

Jessie Sleight born Creekmouth 1922

Jessie Sleight was born in Creekmouth in 1922 to Alice and Robert, Jessie was one of eight children who lived in the village at numbers 30 and 35.  Charlotte and Bill Carter were her maternal grandparents, and Jessie’s friend was Doris Shelly.

When attending the local village school, her Mum would bring her a warming cup of Cocoa at break time, passing it through the railings to her.

When a neighbour who went A.W.O.L. from the Army during the war, she recalls the Military Police raiding their house by mistake.

As a little girl Jessie was told she must not play upon the river bank, because of the danger. The little white flowers called `Milkmaids`, the Water Rats and flooding are part of her childhood recollections.

They played skipping with old barge rope and as she became older, she remembers that any potential boyfriends were all vetted by the `Creekmouth Boys`.