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On Miss Carr (of the Twerton-based Carr dynasty) who presented an annual book prize at the junior school which bordered the grounds of her estate:
"I received a book prize from the lovely Miss Carr.  I was eight years old at the time and at that age Tolstoy's 'War and Peace' was a huge undertaking.  Of course I never finished it and neither did Audrey Hepburn or Henry Fonda." 
(From Lew, 1.10.2009.)

A dissenting voice on 'Copper Jones', the bike-pushing police constable who made a favourable impression on the residents of the prefab estate.  "P.C.Graham was a nice bloke, especially to us kids.  'Copper Jones' was a right sod.  I got many a clip from him for riding on the pavement." 
(From 'Anonymous'' 20.1.2010.)
"The Twerton prefabs as I remember were demolished between 1966 and 1968... I got up to many shenanigans during the predemolition and demolition stages of the prefabs.  Regards B.M. Stott (Twerton born and bred.)"
A letter to the 'Financial Times' (21.12.2010) draws attention to how manager Malcolm Allison rescued Manchester City FA Player of the Year Tony Book from the obscurity of non-leaguefootball at Twerton Park.
Students of Bath and British history should consult the publications of R.S. Neale (1927-1985). He was Professor of Economic History at the University of New England and a former lecturer at Bath Technical College.  R.S. Neale was the author of the classic study 'Bath, 1680 - 1850: A Social History', (1981.)
The historian Tony Judt described prefabs as "urban trailer parks for the homeless" (New York Review of Books, Vol. LV11, Number 8.)
A few years ago the words 'My Full Moon' began to appear on walls in the city of Beirut in the Lebanon.  Perhaps they were inspired by an exiled former Twertonian prefab dweller.  After all the 'Full Moon' with its famous jug and bottle department was the nearest public house to the prefabs in Twerton during the 1950s and 1960s.  Further down the High Street was 'The Old Crown' .  In its back room was a stuffed fox in a glass case.  Children would stare at it as they tucked into their ginger beer and Cheddar Cheese straws and listened to the ticking of the llarge black clock.