From little acorns …or oak seats

Sitting on the polished oak seats of Bristol’s Central Library on many week day nights between 1965 and 1970 was not much fun. For me it was a necessity as I faced the monotony of completing the H Foulks Lynch correspondence courses in preparation for my accountancy exams.

Outside the ‘Swinging 60’s’ swung on without me. Only at weekends and the occasional midweek night could I escape to see the Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, Bob Dylan etc. at the Colston Hall or the Cream, the Yardbirds and Marianne Faithfull at the Corn Exchange.

I was inevitably bored with my studies and took to taking a break by wandering around the reference library and peeking into obscure books.

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One was about the history of Worcestershire and inside I found a reference to my namesake (almost), John Dafforne. It was a trigger for a life long interest in genealogy. But it was a slow burn as in my free time 60’s music and drunken weekends at the Mandrake club took priority.

 

 

 

 

 

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