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East Boldre Oral History Project - Silvia Baker

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Untold stories of East Boldre

Sylvia Baker, nee Rostigina, was born in the Broomhill's compound in 1946. She went to East Boldre School and from there to Brockenhurst Secondary School.

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Growing up a Gypsy

Memories of the Gypsy compound

Life on the Gypsy compound

Crutier’s shop

Inside a Gypsy dwelling

Work life on a Gypsy compound

The Rostiginas

Make do and mend

Mum and Dad


Memories of Lilian

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