Memories of Bocking
With no Catholic Church in Braintree in 1937, my late parents' wedding took place in November at the Bocking Convent.
My mother wrote her childhood memories about 10 years before she died in 1992. She was sent to Friars Children's Home for the sole purpose of working when she was 14 in about 1926. I think that her memories are an important part of the history of the building which was once a children's home but now still stands as the Old Court House Hotel. Her story is a long one but I will condense it to give an understanding of her experience: "My life began in Poplar, East London. I was born in 1912, the youngest of 6 children. My early knowledge was gathered as I grew up from various people and in particular from my eldest sister. When I was six weeks old my mother vanished - she left ...Read full memory
I remember being a pupil from the age of 5 (1930) to the age of 13 at the school run by the Franciscan sisters at this Convent. The original house and grounds were given to the Sisters by a member of the Courtauld family, Madame Edith Arendrup (Edith married a Dane, hence the surname). There were about 80 or 90 ...Read full memory
This isn't really a memory, but a request. As I was looking through my Mom's belongings, I found this same postcard. My Mom's name was Vera Snell and she was born on August 5, 1921. Sadly, she passed away on Dec 10, 2002. She used to tell us stories of that time of her life, and I know that ...Read full memory