I interviewed the lovely and most sweetest lady Margaret Kettle about her long life in Goostrey, and what an insightful conversation it was.

Margaret who was born in 1922 and grew up in Goostrey cum Barnshaw on a 50 acre farm. After leaving school at 14 she helped her family with various farming activities, such as building corn stacks on the land, and loading potatoes, before marrying her husband, George, in 1946 at Goostrey church, after his return from the war. Margaret described Goostrey as ‘God’s little acre.’ and what a wonderful village it is.’

Margaret and George opened the village store on main road in 1960, and subsequently took on the post office, after it used to be a sorting office.  They sold a mixture of items from pots, pans, slippers and screws, as Margaret explained

“I sold whatever I could get my hands on.”

In between working at the village store, she also worked at The Crown, a pub still in Goostrey, as a waitress and plucked ducks. Margaret ran the village store up until 2015.

As well as running the Village Store, Margaret who since the age of 4, being the initial Rose Queen, has attended Rose Day in Goostrey, ever since, and made an appearance every year. Margaret told me that

“My favourite Rose Day costume was when I dressed up as HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2012”.

Margaret Kettle showing me the Village Store in the 1960’s
The original Village Store
Goostrey Village at the time


Yours Truly,

Charlotte Fellows

Researcher and Writer



  Sarah McNaught

 Managing Director




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