My grandmother, Elizabeth Ann Higgs, was widowed in 1869, when her husband, John Russell Higgs, was drowned at sea. Her brother Silas Short was working at the brickyard in the town so she and her 2 children, Annie and Arthur (my father), moved to Bishops Waltham to be near him. Elizabeth ran the "Grapes" as it was then called for about 6 years before moving to Sussex.
I never knew my grandmother but I was very moved to find the lovely little pub and enjoyed having a drink there with my family.
Jo Berryman (Higgs)
A memory shared byon Apr 29th, 2008.
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