Audley End, Village 1919

Memories of Audley End


My mother and father met at the cricket ground at Audley End in the early 1930's - my father was a shepherd on the estate and my mother was a ladies maid at the Mansion. My father's hobby was beekeeping, later to become his sole profession and he always housed his bees on Audley End Estate (...Read full memory)

My father Frank Hardwick was the youngest son of Thomas Hardwick,fishmonger and poulterer of King St ,Saffron Walden. As a boy he used to tell me of delivering by pony and trap to Audley End Mansion.

My great aunt, Nora Buck, lived in the northern end cottage of Newport, aptly named Carnation Cottage as it overlooked greenhouses that were exclusively used for growing beautiful carnations until the outbreak of world war II. During those austere years the crop was changed to tomatoes for the `dig for victory` campaign. (...Read full memory)

My great great great grandmother, Rebecca Law lived at Audley End Almhouses in the 1880's and 1890's.  She lived to be 102 and her final years were spent living with her grandson and his family. The place she was living caught on fire and they took her out of the house in a wheelbarrow because she was bed bound. She toiled (...Read full memory)

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