Robert Browne

Born: 20th October 1938

Guyana, South America

Date of interview: 16th July 2006

Map showing where Robert Browne came from

Was this an Englishman?

A white man yeah. Mr Bryan and the house was being sold for £1,280. Nice two-bedroom house on three floors. Two living rooms. Living room downstairs and the kitchen in the basement. So went back to this agent and said yeah, nice place. He said 'Where you live?' 'I said in London. He said I want to write down your address. Write it down on a bit of paper.' They he started writing and writing like he was writing a letter. All the time he had me standing out there. When he finished writing he put this letter in an envelope and he said 'The way to go down the corner of station road there, go out from here, turn right into Friar Street. The first corner you come to you can see the Cooperative Building Society. You go in there and ask for a man by the name of Mr King. He said, he's a very tall man and give him this letter. Don't give it to anyone else. So you can't make a mistake 'cos he's a very tall man.

I went in there and I asked for Mr King. I said, there's a bloke from the estate agents tell me to give you this. He read the letter and he start asking me if I had a job. I said yeah. By that time I was working in a school, a new school they was building. I was plumbing there. He said alright, you can go on in, you're going to hear from me. I didn't expect to hear from him but that was, as I said that was a Saturday. Went back to London. On the Wednesday morning I was going out to work and the postman said 'Is there a Browne living in this place?' I said that was me. 'I got a letter for you.' And when I opened the letter, was this Mr King from the Cooperative Building Society. So I got a mortgage. He gave me a mortgage. It was eighty pounds deposit for the house. Yeah. I came the next week and gave him the eighty pounds and took about six or eight weeks and I had the house. So I used to leave it locked up there. I only used to come down in the weekend and stay there. I used to go back and eventually by the June month I said 'Oh, I seen enough, I ain't going back. You stop here and find a job here.' That's when I got to stay in Reading. So I been in that house twenty-five years and then I moved.