My mum Rene (Alice Irene Flitney née Harding) died in 1999. When my brother, sister and I went through her things we found an envelope full of old newspaper clippings and other bits and pieces. We looked through the papers and put the envelope away, but those yellowing pieces of paper keep whispering of half-forgotten times and places. Places like Butlers Cross, Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury, West Wycombe, Little Kimble, Wendover, Ellesborough, Southcourt and Princes Risborough.
Tuesday, 14 June 2016
Friday, 6 May 2016
A forester on the South Ormsby estate, Lincolnshire enjoying a clay pipe after his midday meal.
A report of the Marlborough Sheep Fair in the Swindon Advertiser August, 1902.
All other photographs Country Life, London.
Friday, 15 April 2016
Don’t be fooled by the title of this post I won’t be providing much (if any) technical data. I can tell you the proof sheet was produced by my husband. He used Kodak Safety Film, and the proof sheet is numbered from 0 to 35. Kelly our Beagle is the subject of most of the photographs. Our son Steven features in a few of them, and I'm also present, but I would prefer to gloss over that! Why do husbands delight in taking photographs of their wife’s bottom? Perhaps I generalise, maybe it is only my husband who does it?
This is Kelly our much-missed Beagle. He was smart and funny, with a big personality and a double helping of mischief.
Sunday, 3 April 2016
It was fortunate then that Ellen could supplement the family income by turning her hand to the plaiting of straw. Straw plaiting to make hats and bonnets was a major cottage industry in Buckinghamshire, although that too would begin to decline as imports of cheaper lighter plait started to arrive from China and Japan. It's easy to imagine Ellen busy plaiting while her sons played at her feet. Albert the eldest of her boys now five may even have helped his mother by clipping the finished plaits. It was quite normal for very young children to learn the art of plaiting so Abel may also have lent a hand. But, by the time her new-born son Leonard was old enough to be of use the industry was in steep decline, and the Education Acts of 1870 and 1880 were beginning to have an impact meaning more children were required to attend school.
They say history repeats itself, and for Leonard and Maria it certainly did.
Interestingly Leonard appears on both the 1918 & 1919 absentee voters list.
The entry for 1918 shows;
While the entry for 1919 shows;
Flitney, Leonard 325487 L Cpl (Lance Corporal) 1 8 Essex L.C
Other things on the to-do list are to find any children of George and Ethel Florence Flitney (Dakin). George married Ethel in the third quarter of 1939 in the district of Hendon, Middlesex. Happily, George outlived both his parents dying as he did in the 1970s...
Wikipedia Great Depression of British Agriculture
(3) Abel Flitney - Second Son of Eli and Ellen
(4) Arthur Denis (Jack) Flitney - Searching for my Grandfather from Belgium to Butlers Cross
(5) Just how many sons did Eli and Ellen have? (to be published soon)
Sunday, 22 November 2015
I hope to see you again in 2016.
With love, Barbara xx
Friday, 23 October 2015
Some years later we purchased a collection of Carte-de-visite photographs. Neither Terry nor I had much interest in them, but we did like the album they came in. Luckily, we kept both the album and the photographs and as our fascination with family history grows so we've begun to appreciate them. Looking at them now it's interesting to note how many of the sitters are holding props. Are those props employed as a distraction rather like the photographer distracted me?
Holding a photograph while being photographed was another popular choice.
It's now time to hand you over to Sepia Saturday