Penny And A Bun

13 Aug


Over the past few days I have been going through my old photographs and cards scanning the interesting ones to go into photo albums on my web site, I came across this gem.  An old tradition that I ‘think’ still happens each year.

My first school, Somerleyton Primary School, is close to Somerleyton Hall the home of the Baron Somerleyton family.  His Lordship sent all five of his children to this school until they went off to their boarding school.  The school building was part thatched and has architectural details going back to the early 1800’s.  There are just three class rooms, a small library, we had to move desks and cover them with cloths for school lunches, the sports green was the Village Green and I attended this school from age five to ten, before leaping into the much larger 1960’s built Lothingland Middle School.

Each year there was this Penny and a Bun tradition.  On the Thursday nearest Valentine’s Day the whole school would bus to Somerleyton Hall where we would process through the Orangery to be given a hot cross bun by Lady Somerleyton and a brand new freshly minted coin from Lord Somerleyton.  My Dad kept all these coins in posh plastic wallets and I didn’t get my hands on them until he died in 2003, at first they were the one penny coin, which then graduated to a two pence coin.

This particular year the local news paper featured an article and sent a reporter and photographer to capture this piece of social history.  Yeap, there is me receiving my coin from his Lordship, and the young lad with his mouth wide open is Colin Woolterton, lol.  I remember this particular year after we had had our bun we were let loose on the lawn where there lay about two feet of fresh virgin snow.  Groups were banded together and snowmen were built.

I am trying to figure out which year this could be, the child in Nanny’s arms is the youngest Crossley, Louisa, and she was born about 1974, maybe this was February 1975.



Posted by on August 13, 2010 in Uncategorized


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10 responses to “Penny And A Bun

  1. Debs

    August 13, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Love the piccy (I had a hat like that…with a matching muff). What a wonderful memory. So, once you recovered your coins, did you spend them or keep them?


    • amgroves

      August 13, 2010 at 8:51 pm

      No, when I got the coinc back, I included them in the coin collection that went to auction. Besides, two one penny coins and three two penny coins weren’t going to get me far.


  2. Scruffs

    August 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I would know that little SOB face anywhere!! Too cute!! Hey Debs I had a hat like that too . I think it had thick strings with fuzzy balls at the end, as the ties. My mother was too cheap to spring for the matching muff, or maybe it was the fact it would have been covered in mud, grass and god only knows what else; I wasn’t known to for keeping things pristine.


  3. Scruffs

    August 15, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    PS- I am very jealous of your braid. My hair never grew long enough or thick enough for a decent looking braid. In fact I just spent a week frightening the down to earth folks of Maine with my god-awful bright primary yellow crayola crayon color botched up hair dye job. The good part was if I got lost in the woods at night the glow of my hair would have made me easy to spot. I am getting ready to leave to the store to find a toned down color- wish me luck!


    • amgroves

      August 15, 2010 at 9:57 pm

      It grew longer than that before I had it chopped off. I’d sit at the breakfast table trying to eat my cereal as Mum was brushing, tugging and plaiting [braiding], everyone would ring my plaits – I hated them.


  4. Me

    August 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Lovely picture!


  5. joebangles

    October 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    A lovely post and a lovely memory Anne. Do you still have that penny? I carry one about with me as it was minted in the year of my birth. 🙂


    • amgroves

      October 31, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      My Dad kept the coins, when we cleared the house after his death we sold them along with all his other collections.


      • joebangles

        October 31, 2013 at 4:02 pm

        My sons will come across sixpenny pieces and three penny bits, a few penny’s and half penny’s and a farthing. :))



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