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My paternal grandfather (Waters) was the baker at the Bell House. I remember the bakery well as I used to travel down from Swanley in Kent on the coach with Dad (Mum stayed at home with my younger siblings) to visit my grandparents. In through the bakery front door - stairs straight ahead - left to the front (...Read full memory)
Apparently, The Willows was occupied in 1911 by Alexander Baird, a retired Bank Manager, his wife, Elizabeth, son Capt Henry Hume Chisholm Baird DSO and Capt Henry's wife. Alexander Baird was born in Alloa, Scotland, in 1841, the son of a shipowner. He and his family had lived previously at Robeston Hall, Haverfordwest, (...Read full memory)
Sarah Clayden Rudd nee Wacey and her daughters lived in Wickhambreux. They were listed there at the time of the 1891 census as living 'the green' and in 1901 she and her daughters, Sarah and Rebecca, are living there and recorded as 'lodging house keeper'. Sarah the mother lived there until she died in 1916. They are distant relatives of mine.
I understand my great grandfather worked in this forge. He was born Charles Holness around 1830 and married Ann Marsh in the 1850s. My father's mother Agnes Annie Holness was one of their children. She had an older sister Alice, brothers Fred and Bert and William Henry who died of smallpox in May 1902. He worked (...Read full memory)