1940: Arriving at Tyntesfield from London
Pete Stamp, together with his wife Dawn, was interviewed about his memories of life at the Tyntesfield Park estate and working as a plumber on the main estate by our Tyntesfield Stories team in March 2011.
Tell us how you came to Tyntesfield
'My name is Pete Stamp. I was born in London, in Canning Town, West Ham. I came down from London to Tyntesfield in 1940, my brothers came down ahead of us because they were older and they went to Tyntesfield and they stayed in Belmont House. They went to school, they took over the Boys School down in Wraxall, just up from the Battle Axes and that’s where my brothers went to school. Of course I was too young to go to school then.'
How many brothers did you have?
'I have got eight brothers and one sister, and where were you in the pecking order? I am the second youngest, sadly I have lost four of my brothers now, I am now seventy-three but my eldest brother is still alive and he is eighty-five.'
So what actually brought you to Tyntesfield, was it because of the war?
''Well we came down because Canning Town, where I lived, was very close to the West India Docks, and of course they were bombing the docks nearly every night, we used – mum used to take us and we used to spend our time in Canning Town underground, which is really – it is not Canning Town, it is West Ham Underground Station.'
So you travelled up here by car, by train?
'No, we came down by coach, Mum used to come down by coach to see the boys even when she was having the baby, she still used to come down by coach every week-end to make sure her boys was alright and the lady got to like mum and mum stayed and instead of going back to London we stayed, that’s where we first stayed in those little cottages there.'
So did you eventually move to Tyntesfield Park?
'From there they took over Pickles house which is Moorefield’s House in Nailsea and we – The whole family then were re-united and we all had – There was seven families all together living in Moorefield’s House and we all had our little parts of the house, we had the lounge downstairs which was converted, one part, into a bedroom and the attics.'