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When Mr and Mrs Payne moved to Drayford in 1939 from Alswear, all the Alswear people said "Oh! Drayford among the Curlews." No-one in Drayford ever referred to the "Drayford Docks" and they thought nothing of Witheridge, describing it as "that old place." Mr and Mrs Payne lived in Drayford from 1939 to 1947, when they moved to Butts Close, Witheridge, where she found that Witheridge people not only used the expression "Drayford Docks" and "Creacombe Quay" but also "Tis as twas, like Creacombe Bell."

Drovers: Drovers hats were special hats of felt with a high crown. A Ridd at Alswear was a drover in the 1920's

Baker's Woodricks: Mr Francis (Frankie) Kingdom started work at 13 driving a horse and trap delivering bread for Whitfields bakery around Worlington. It was "a lovely little horse to go" but one day over the bridge to West Worlington the horse "dropped right down dead," and then they started a motor van. (FK) went to work for Herbert Churchill (the other Witheridge baker). Whitfield's used to by faggotwood from farmers and at one time maintained a woodrick ( rick of faggotwood) in the lower corner of the field known as Wood Park on West Yeo besides the main road. (FK) states that woodricks were set up at points convenient to a road on the farms where the wood had been cut and made into faggots. Faggots were any kind of wood, but in thinness the sticks are variously described as "browse" or "spray" or "branches": it had to be quick burning. Churchill's Bakery, later to become Reed's is said to have changed to coke burning in the early 1950's

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