A most unusual former resident of Summerhill Road
|We are indebted to former resident Ann Carter,
formerly of number 40 Summerhill Road, for reminding us of the exploits of TIGGY
a large sow Pig who was very popular with the children and residents of Summerhill Road
back in the Mid 1950s.
Ann, along with her mother Rose and sister Margaret, lived at Swiss Cottage the small house that was situated alongside the former piggery in Summerhill Road. These premises for many years had functioned as a Dairy and therefore had facilities for handling livestock. In the post war years it was converted for use as a piggery and used to fatten up the pigs prior to slaughter. All of this work was under the supervision of the stockman, Jack Chapman, who had adopted TIGGY as a pet and would often be seen leading her tethered to a rope and directed by his trusty stick for a walk along Summerhill Road much to the joy and amusement of the children. TIGGY was also to have several litters of piglets over these years and again this gave much pleasure to the children
1871 CENSUS Lydia Archer
The census report shows that Lydia Archer
operated the premises as a Dairy. The subsequent Census reports from 1881 through to 1911
show the continued use of the premises as a Dairy.
|Ann and her sister Margaret are planning to write a piece for the website because theirs was a very unusual childhood for an inner-city child. There were many occasions when they would have to get up in the night to separate a pig off (a dead pig was worthless) because it had been mixed in accidentally, pigs apparently are very tribal. Or the occasion when the land girls came to strip the straw off the roofs of the sty's and rats were running everywhere. These are just 2 stories that Ann has shared with us and she thanks us for bringing back the memories|
TIGGY - Note the telephone number on the vehicle at the back
A Portrait of 'TIGGY'
|I spoke with my sister Christine a few days ago and reminded her of
TIGGY. She was so excited to hear some of the memories and she recalled Jack
Chapman allowing Pat Livemore and herself to feed the pigs one day but Pat Livemore
panicked and fell over in the process. Apparently the pair of them went running towards
the little door that opened within the main gates and Chris bumped her head badly against
the top of the door. She couldn't stop laughing as she was recalling the incident. She
also spoke fondly of all the games that we played on the wide frontage outside the
As many of the older residents past and present will recall
|Tiggy' was famous well before 'Twiggy' and carried considerably more weight|
Prepared by Alan Swain - August 2010