Ida’s life in Uplyme recounted in a new book
PUBLISHED: 17:01 24 November 2018
Village resident since 1925 recounts her family history to writer Vivienne Graham
Ida Quick was born in Uplyme in 1925 and has lived in only four houses, each within a two mile radius of her first home.
For the past three years she has been telling the story of her family to Vivienne Graham, who also lives in the village, and in September they self-published a book called ‘From Cuckoo Lane to Newcastle, Memories of Uplyme’.
Ida’s reminiscences begin in Cuckoo Lane with her beloved Grannie Gay, a widowed laundress who washed double linen sheets for the gentry at tuppence per sheet – and if there was a single mark or crease on any of the finished products, it had to be taken back home and done again.
Grannie saved all her hard-earned tuppences in a pot under her bed and when she had a £100 in copper coins, she bought a small thatched cottage in the Newcastle area of Uplyme, rwhich she renamed Newcastle Cottage.
Ida’s mother, Jessie, suffered from mental problems that were not fully understood in those days and at the age of 17, Ida became her mother’s fulltime carer, looking after her for 35 years until she died in 1977. Jessie Quick had never had a holiday and Ida has taken only three - one in Devon, one in Dorset and one in London - yet her story of village life during the 19th and 20th centuries, is full of drama and incident. It’s a firsthand account of the lives of three working women, her grandmother, her mother and herself, in times of great social change – and unusually - told from a feminine viewpoint.
Ida , aged 93, and Vivienne will be selling their book at Uplyme Village Hall, during the Christmas coffee morning on Saturday, December 1, and on Saturday, December 8, at 2 pm. They will be in the village hall again to talk about the writing process, and what they learned together about Uplyme.
Signed copies of the book will be available at £9.99 each. The £2.50 entry fee, which includes tea and biscuits, will be donated to the village hall fund, as well as all profits from the book.