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High Woods Hermit

posted by dave on 28 Jan 2009 at 1:10 am

Does anyone remember the old guy that used to live in high woods,I quite often used to see him when we palyed in the woods and swimming pool as kids I often wondered what happened to him?

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posted by MAUREEN on 13 Feb 2013 at 11:02 am

We, as kids, use to call him 'Yellow Socks' but I cant remember why and he was perfectly harmless and just disappeared or ran off if he saw us in the Highwoods. I dont know what happened to him but will try to find out.


posted by dave on 14 Feb 2013 at 1:39 am

The old guys name was charlie he used to come over to the brick works and get water every now and again, real nice guy but didnt say much.any information you may have would be good.

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posted by paul on 14 Apr 2013 at 1:35 pm

hi everyone i went to winceby house school south cliff in the mid 70s some of us were told that the hermit was the old caretaker from our school true or not will we ever know ,we did see him alot back then when we went to the high woods he never done any harm to any of us.

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posted by dave on 18 Apr 2013 at 2:12 am

He was quite the character ,I have often wondered where he is now,If indeed he is still around, he was fairly old when we were kids, Not many people like him now, he was a good sort.

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posted by Bernie Randall on 04 Sept 2016 at 10:49 am

The hermits name was Charlie Rogers. I fell out of a tree at the Highwoods and he took me back to his camp to patch my knee up. I went home and told my mum and also it was autumn and he had no bed clothes to keep him warm in winter. My mum packe3d me off the nm]
ext day with blankets and counterpains. Mr Rogers and myself became firm friends. He taught me woodcraft which held me in good stead when I joined the army. Unfortunately the lonliness got to him and I remember seeing an account in the BOS Observer that he had been removed to an old peoples home as he was suffering from demensia. I never heard from him again. I never visited as he no longer knew who I was. He died in that home in the 1970's. I still hold many fond memories. Local lads would often ransack his home or even burn it to the ground but he never worried just started all over again. He never drew his pension and worked as a gardener in Little Common and Cooden. RIP Sir and thank you.

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posted by dave on 08 Sept 2016 at 2:09 am

You are right charlie was quite the character he would often come over to the brickworks for a visit or as kids he seemed to be everywhere in the high woods all at the same time, a vwery nice chap indeed,

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