I’ve lived in 4 homes...in same street

Daily Express - - RICHARD & JUDY - By Chris Riches

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

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