Memories of Bocking
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 I was named after her friend, Jackie, who I believe passed away frome a motorcycle accident. After looking through my Mom's belongings I have many questions. If anybody remembers her or knows where I can get any information, I would really appreciate hearing from you. I have many more details, but will wait to see if anyone remembers my Mom, Vera. Thank you, in advance, for any info I receive. Jackis Speed- email@example.com, 171 Old Point Road, Newburyport MA 01950, USA
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 pupils. As this was the only Catholic school in the area, children cycled from neighbouring villges to attend. Mother Mary Michael was a great force in the school. I can also remember that there was a large metal ring let into the wall. I think one member of the Courtauld family used to paint animal pictures and used the ring to tether the animals! I should be delighted to hear from anyone who ...Read full memory
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 ...Read full memory