Jimmy Roberts was the tenant farmer of Church Farm, now demolished and occupied by the housing development of St Mary’s Walk. He had a donkey and cart which he used to let out to anyone with a light load to move. Hilda Brooker's father had eight bags of runner beans to take to Sandy station to catch the train which took vegetables every night to the London markets, so he hired the donkey and cart.  All went well but slowly until he came to Sandy Hills. Neddy decided this was too much for a donkey and refused to go any further.  No amount of persuasion would make him move until my father took off half the load. He had to leave four bags of beans by the roadside, and make two journeys to the station.  Needless to say he heard a lot about it from his fellow men and never hired that donkey again. (Hilda Brooker’s notes)


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