It continues to be an ongoing process to record the memories of Steep residents whenever an opportunity presents itself.

The present day high price of property in the village of Steep means that few, if any, of the descendants of the old working families of the village can now afford to live in the vicinity. Many of the one time council houses are now privately owned. Tracking down former residents of Steep can be a problem. I am most grateful to those who have been in touch, volunteering information.

Residents and former residents have shared memories of their childhood days at Steep village school, of working on a local farm, of Steep during World War II, and recollections of life in Steep from the 1950s onwards.

The Steep History archive is fortunate in being able to include information gained from Karin Antonini, Clinton Brown, Sarah Burnell, Richard Coles, Pauline Cook, Haden and Edna Dodd, Ann Donnelly neé Powell, Ray Foster, Roger Jarman, Dave Ifould, Claire and Nisa McCutcheon, Joyce Mitchell neé Pollard, Diana Parker, Keith Passingham, Hugh and Mo Routh, Bob Smallbone, Tony Upton, Rollo Wicksteed and from a number of others.

If you have memories of Steep that you would like to share, I would be very pleased to hear from you. Email

Click/hover over the pictures here to read memories from Dave Ifould on Steep school in 1950s, Elizabeth Slater on Steep 1940-50s, Frank Clarke 1867-1949, Joyce Pollard on  Steep Farm and village, Kay Bennett, Karin Antonini on running away from school, Paul Williamson on Steep 1936-46, Peter and Anne Winscom, Roger Jarman on Steep School in 1950s, Tony Upton on growing up 1940-50s and Vera Elliott’s memories.