References in the Strangest of Places

The Library BookWhen I was in the local library last week I spotted this anthology, recently published called “The Library Book” Each chapter is about twenty pages or so from a well know and respected writer, sharing their personal views or memories about books.

The chapter written by Alan Bennett, which commences at page 25 talks about his parents and their regular outings to the public library in Leeds. Alan Bennett talks about the fact that his father left Leeds in 1944 to relocate with his family to Guildford.

The second paragraph on page 30 reads

“……..The butcher for whom my dad worked also ran a horsemeat business, the meat strictly for non-human consumption and accordingly painted bright green. In his cattle truck Mr Banks would go out into the Surrey countryside to collect carcasses and sometimes, by dint of hanging around the lorry, I got to go with him, I would watch as the bloated cow or horse was winched on board and then we would drive to the slaughterhouse in Walnut Tree Close just by Guildford Station……..”

There was a slaughter house in Walnut Tree Close when I was growing up. At the time of this I can not recall it’s name, but seem to recall it had a dark red paint on the cracked and worn window frames. As to the reference to Mr Banks, I may just have to look in local directories for the 1940’s and see what information that yields.

The Library Book published Profile Books 2012 – ISBN 978 1 78125 005 1

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