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Childhood in Newington

As a child in the 50’s I played with the children of the handyman at Prestonfield House and we could often be found in and around the round stables.
I remember having hurls in the wee green van
which can be seen in the photo. It had an interesting role in the runaway marriage of James Goldsmith and the18 year old Italian girl
Isabel Patino who stayed at Prestonfield House waiting for their marriage license. In a book I have read recently “66 The house that viewed the world” there is a description of Roderick Oliver, owner of Prestonfield, offering the couple his green van ,that he took his pigs to market in, for the journey down to Kelso where they were to be married. Amidst great hilarity, they sat on two deck chairs in the back of the van! I can still remember the locals talking about this scandal taking place in the ‘Big Hoose’.

Stables at Prestonfield House
Stables at Prestonfield House
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