I’ve lived in 4 homes...in same street
A GRAN who has lived in four homes on the same street for nearly 90 years yesterday said she “didn’t dream of looking elsewhere”.
Retired playschool teacher Madge Jackson, 88, lives on Cross Street in Tamworth, Staffs.
The grandmother of six has lived in four homes and – after the death of her devoted husband Jeffrie in 2015 – has vowed to stay put.
She said: “Times have changed massively but I belong here. I was born and bred on Cross Street.
“I’ve never felt the need to move and didn’t dream of looking elsewhere each time I moved.
“This street has been my life and it will be until my dying day.”
Mrs Jackson was born in one of the houses on the terraced street in 1930 and grew up with most of her family living just a few doors away.
When she was eight her grandmother died and her family moved into an aunt’s house a few yards away at number 30.
And after getting married to miner Jeffrie in 1949, the newlyweds bought number 52.
In 1963 they moved again to the house where they raised their two children and the widow has remained ever since.
During her time on the street, Mrs Jackson has seen two royal coronations, the Second World War and 18 prime ministers come and go.
She said times have changed since her days playing in the cobbled street when her neighbours included grandparents, aunts and uncles.
She said: “We all knew each other and were there for each other. I don’t think there is a single house in this road that I haven’t been inside.
“We shared and cared, although no one had money to spare and every day was a struggle. All this made me the woman I became.
“Now neighbours don’t really visit me like they used to. I don’t know many.
“They are on their mobile phones and too busy for anyone.
“I suppose that’s just the way things are.”
Four doors... homes on the street where Mrs Jackson has lived. She never considered anywhere else as she moved around
Madge with Jeffrie and their son on holiday in 1957