Mott, Ted

Notes on Ted Mott

See interview tapes 102, 103, 104, 105 and 106

Grandad Mott ?

Grandma Mott died c 1923
Grandparents William Wager === Agnes Hannah i.e. Granny Wager, midwife

Brought Ted up part of time.

Trafalgar Square
father, Mott, later in Maltings Lanemarried,

Ted born 1913 Guithavon Vall.

Split up c 1919

two of young sons died c 1920, ie Ted’s brothers)
Ted’s mother, Edith Emily Mott nee Wager

(was first marr to Smith)

Went as nanny in London after split

When Granny W died, her dau (Ted’s mother Edith) came back to look after William (Ted’s grandfather)

Then c 1933 she and Ted to Guithavon St where Ted married


Born
1913 at 11 Guithavon Valley.

Parents. Split up when he was about five, six or seven. On Mott side he only knew his grandmother who died when he was about ten.
His mother was a Wager (Edith Emily) and her parents were William Wager (on the railway, big in the National Union of Railwaymen) and Agnes Hannah Wager (second marriage, previous one to Smith, known as Granny Wager, midwife).
After the split his mother went as a nanny in London and his father stayed in Witham, eventually in Maltings Lane.

School. Maldon Road school when went to Trafalgar Square.

Residences
Moved from Valley to farm near Kelvedon briefly, after brothers had died c 1920. Back to Witham (Trafalgar Square) soon after to grandmother Wager because parents split up and his mother went to London. Elsewhere says remembers Square in First World War so perhaps there by 1918 in fact.
Then when Ted’s grandma Wager died, mother came back to look after the grandfather, William Wager.
About 1933, he and his mother to 9 Guithavon Street. Lived there at first after married in 1941.
In 1947, into prefab at 12 Bramston Green.
When prefabs rebuilt in 1983, into 22 Bramston Green.

Siblings
Ted was middle one of three boys, the others died of flu about 1920 (or maybe a bit earlier in fact)

Married Doris Eley in March 1941 at St Nicholas church. She was born at Bradwell and came to Chess Lane in about 1930 in her late teens with parents

Work
Errand boy at Palmer’s saddlers when about 11 i.e.1924
1927 started at Lewis’s builders to go into the painting and decorating trade. [at 62 Newland Street] Stayed there 51 years (except for army 1940), till retired in 1980. Got taken over by Tanner and Wicks 1978

Son Keith

Died 23 June 2001.

Extracts from documents

1920 electoral register
Trafalgar Square: William Wager, Agnes Hannah Wager.
(not possible to tell whether there were others in the same house)

1930 electoral register
73 Maldon Road: William John Wager, Agnes Hannah Wager, Arthur Kemp, Thomas Samuel Smith.

1938 electoral register
9 Guithavon Street: Edith Emily Mott, Edgar George Mott.

1947 electoral register
12 Bramston Green: Edgar G Mott, Doris M Mott.

Springett, Irene

Notes on Irene Springett

See interview tape 207

Oddments, esp derived from her saying she lived in Cressing Road with her parents:

GRO Marriage index
1894 Oct/Nov/Dec
Wandsworth 1d 1123
Charles Robert Springett

GRO Marriage Index
1913 Oct/Nov/Dec
Braintree 4a 1680
Charles R Springett to Raven

GRO Birth index
1915 Jan Feb March
Braintree District 4a 1642
Irene S Springett
Mother’s maiden name was Raven

1938 electoral register
10 Cressing Road
Charles Robert Springett
Emily Alice Springett
Irene Sylvia Springett

Info from Brian Simpson of the Witham Springett family, Feb 2015.

Re Irene she is not a relative (that I have found so far) but I have done some research for you : She was still alive in 2012/3 as she was on the electoral register then as “Witham”

Her father was born in Stebbing (grandmother [Elizabeth Byford]) and was in Witham as per 1911 census. In fact I previously traced some of parents family back but as  yet non linked to my family. I believe they are linked but can not prove – a number of Springetts all moved to Rivenhall in the 1860’s from somewhere (I think brothers but have not found link as yet) a bit of a coincidence.  If I find anything / find a distant relative of Irene on Ancestry I’ll let you know.

Joslin, Cecil

Notes on Cecil Joslin, Cerine, 105 Braintree Road

He died 12 December 2005 aged 91. His brother Herbert died about a fortnight before.

Various conversations 2004. Tape made of one (interview tapes 197 and 198)

Born 1914 Braintree. Family came to Witham for Crittall job when Cecil about 10?, lived first in Manor Road.

Parents William (Bill) Joslin and Jessie Frances Kent

Sister older, Daisy Doris (Dot)
Daisy’s twin brother died of meningitis at 17, his friend also died.
Brother Herbert born 21 August 1919[?or 18], now lives 21 Highfields Road
Brought up as Baptists at Braintree.

Married
26 July 1952 to Kath. Daughter Celia (tel 502565)
Mother died a few years after.

See photos M2092-M2114, M2145-M2152
Crittall ones are as follows:
5 millionth window 1978
M2109. Invitation to Cecil Joslin for celebration for Crittall’s 5 millionth window.
M2110. Celebration for Crittall’s 5 millionth window. Group of four touring exhibition. Left to right, lady from Witham office, Towrie Horne from Silver End, unknown, Cecil Joslin. Doesn’t include Sir Charles Villiers (according to email 18 Aug 2004 from Churchill Archives centre where his papers are)
M2111. Celebration for Crittall’s 5 millionth window. Socialising with drinks. Left foreground in striped tie is Towrie Horne from Silver End. Right foreground, Cecil Joslin. Doesn’t include Sir Charles Villiers (according to email 18 Aug 2004 from Churchill Archives centre where his papers are)
M2112. Group of three at presentation for Crittall’s 5 millionth window. In front of exhibition. Left to right, Cecil Joslin, Towrie Horne from Silver End, and unknown. Doesn’t include Sir Charles Villiers (according to email 18 Aug 2004 from Churchill Archives centre where his papers are)
M2113. Group of three at presentation for Crittall’s 5 millionth window. In front of exhibition. Left to right, Cecil Joslin, unknown, Towrie Horne from Silver End. Doesn’t include Sir Charles Villiers (according to email 18 Aug 2004 from Churchill Archives centre where his papers are)
M2114. Group of three and crowd at presentation for Crittall’s 5 millionth window. In front of exhibition. Foreground, left to right, unknown, Cecil Joslin, Towrie Horne from Silver End. Doesn’t include Sir Charles Villiers (according to email 18 Aug 2004 from Churchill Archives centre where his papers are)
Cecil’s retirement 1979:
M2145. Retirement presentation to Cecil Joslin at Crittall’s (no. 2 on film). Cecil Joslin on left and foreman Michael Moore on right (Cecil said he was a lovely fellow). Pile of windows also.
M2146. Retirement presentation to Cecil Joslin at Crittall’s (no. 3 on film). Cecil Joslin on left and foreman Michael Moore on right (Cecil said he was a lovely fellow). Pile of windows also.
M2147. Retirement presentation to Cecil Joslin at Crittall’s (large group, no. 5 on film).
M2148. Retirement presentation to Cecil Joslin at Crittall’s (no. 6 on film). Cecil Joslin on his own with others in background. Windows in pile.
M2149. Retirement presentation to Cecil Joslin at Crittall’s (no. 7 on film). Left to right, (1) ‘Basky’ (in charge of getting window together, later went to Colchester), (2) — Bickers from Silver End, (3) ???, (4) Bill Bowers (of Witham, went to Silver End, brother of Horticultural Society man), (5) Bill King (now in home in Kelvedon). (6) ??? (man who was a bit slow).
M2150. Retirement presentation to Cecil Joslin at Crittall’s (no. 8 on film). On left is Fred Bretton, previously foreman, then under-manager. On right is Cecil. Others in background.
M2151. Retirement presentation to Cecil Joslin at Crittall’s (no. 9 on film). Left to right, Bill King (went to school with Cecil at Witham), Cecil, (??? from Coggeshall).
M2152. Bill Joslin (father of Cecil) in Rectory Lane with Dobbin the horse. There was a smallholding there near Rivenhall Rectory with chickens etc, also grew vegetables and took them to London.

Spall, especially Fred, father of Peter

Conversation with Peter Spall and his wife Betty, May 2004

Also see interview tape 196.

Copies of some of his photos etc. are M2036-M2049

Fred Spall was Peter’s father.


Cutting from EADT
Aug 18 1935[?], ‘Mr Fredk Spall, proprietor of a small garage beside the main London Road at Rivenhall near Witham has completed the construction of a cycle combination which he believes will, if taken up, form a valuable contribution to air raid precautions. The entire cost of construction was less than £7’

This was his motorcycle ambulance, which he patented. Did take it to a Heinkel crash at Langford and took the bodies to Maldon. Had various mementoes from there including pilot’s goggles, boot, etc.
He was a Special Constable in 1939 and in Observer Corps. Was injured in the bomb explosion in Cressing Road in October 1940 which killed Mr Burmby, and spent some time in Black Notley hospital. He had been phoned to go and stand there and keep the crowd away. Mr Bull was up a pole. When the bomb exploded Mr Bull’s hat blew off and Mr Spall was injured and taken to Black Notley Hospital. So out of action for a while and didn’t pursue the motorcycle ambulance idea as much as might.

Fred was from Colchester and his wife Olive came from Brightlingsea.
Peter’s mother Olive was a Primitive Methodist and they married in the P.M. church at Brightlingsea in 1928. It closed soon after. When they came to Witham they joined the ordinary Methodists.
At first Fred was chauffeur at Langham Hall and lived at Cosgrove House there. Then went to Wickham Bishops.
Their sons: Stanley born 1919, John born 1930 (both at Langham) Peter born 1932 (at Wickham Bishops).
While at WB he founded the Corner garage at Rivenhall, kept it till after World War 2. Next to the Prince of Wales.
Came to Witham in 1935 and called their house at 59 Rickstones Road Cosgrove, after the Langham House.
Then moved further down Rickstones Road in 1948, to 24, the bungalow next to the evangelical church. Afterwards sold it to the church for the minister.
Peter went to the Church School as infant, 1953-1957, Miss Welland was head.
Betty went to teach there later, 1953-1957/8, and Miss Welland still there at first, then left and Maurice Smith came. Miss W very fierce.

Thompson family, especially George, father of Ken

Thompson family, especially George, father of Ken.

See interview tape 195 with Ken.

1891 census
PRO RG 12/1425, f.56, p.21, schedule126, Church Street
James Thompson    Head    M    36    Labourer    born Essex, Witham
Rachel Thompson    Wife    M    34        born Essex, Witham
Florence Adams    Dau        8    Scholar    born Essex, Witham
Charles James Thompson    Son        5        born Essex, Witham
William Ed Thompson    Son        3        born Essex, Witham
Ethel G Thompson    Dau        1        born Essex, Witham
Samuel Adams    Bro in law    S    36    Labourer    born Essex, Writtle

1891, July, August or September (web site, www.1837online.com)
George Frederick Thompson was born in Braintree Registration District (ref 4a 634)

1901 census
PRO RG 13/1725, f.58, p.7, schedule 47, Church Street
James Thompson    Head    M    48    Engine Driver Stationary Engine (worker)    born Essex, Witham
Rachel Thompson    Wife    M    47        born Essex, Witham
Florie [sic] Thompson    Day    S    18        born Essex, Witham
Charlie Thompson    Son    S    15    Builders’ labourer (worker)    born Essex, Witham
William Thompson    Son    S    13    Ordinary agricultural labourer    born Essex, Witham
Ethel Thompson    Dau    S    11        born Essex, Witham
George Thompson    Son        9        born Essex, Witham
Ernest Thompson    Son        7        born Essex, Witham

Witham Roll of honour, 1914-1918 War
Includes the following Thompsons who served and survived. PW means Prisoner of War.
E W Thompson (PW)
R E Thompson (PW)
G Thompson (PW)

Info from Ian Hook, Essex Regiment Museum, in email
I have a 34141 L/Cpl GF Thompson, 9th Essex, a POW from Witham, recorded as helped by the Essex Regiment Prisoners of War Fund. He was entitled to the British War and Allied Victory Medals (National Archive Ref WO329/1377 as a Private.

Papers loaned by Ken Thompson and scanned in (on computer under world war 1)
25 May 1917. Letter to James Thompson, GT posted as wounded, missing, after action on 9 April 1917.
7 July 1917. Letter to James Thompson. GT of 9th Bn Essex was ‘wounded in action prior to capture by the Germans (Gun shot wound arm and shoulder)’.
18 December 1918. Discharge certificate issued at Warley. GT 34141. Enlisted 23 November 1915. First posted to Essex Yeomanry. Wound stripes, one, chevron blue two. Discharged because no longer physically fit. Served 2 years and 314 days with the Colours and 77 days in the Army Reserve. Born 1891. Height 5ft 10½ins. Scars right shoulder and left buttock. Fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair. Stamped on back Witham Local Food Office, Ration book issued 18[or 19?].1.19.
1922. Papers from Pensions Appeal Tribunal. Appeal is against 7/6 weekly allownce for 156 weeks plus terminal gratuity of £40. Of Chipping Hill, Witham. First attestation 23 Nov 1915. Mobilised 8 2 16. Final discharge 18.12.18. Served army res 3 months 23 Nov 1915 to 7 Feb 1916. With colours 8 2 1916 to 18 12 1918. In France 29 Dec 1916 to 9 April 1917. Prisoner of War 10 April 1917 to 6 Sept 1918. Grounds for appeal – wound in right shoulder preventing full weeks work and very painful at work. Disabilities on entry. Right testicle removed by abdominal operation. During service, on 18 Sept 1916 admitted to hospital in Aldershot with eczema for 9 days. On repatriation after being PoW, entered 1st London General Hospital, Camberwell, for four days. More details.

1919, All Saints tombstones
No. 405, Rachel and James Thompson, gives:
Rachel the beloved wife of James Thompson, passed away Aug 18 1919 aged 62 years
Also of James Thompson who passed away July 9 1933 aged 78

1920 electoral register
Includes the following Thompsons:
Emma Thompson, Mill Lane
Maria Thompson, Church Street
Henry Charles Thompson, Church Street
Annie Thompson, Church Street
James Thompson, Church Street
George Frederick Thompson, Church Street
William Edward Thompson, Church Street
Reginald Thompson, 9 Braintree Road

Directories
1922    Thompson George, coal merchant, Chipping Hill
1926    Thompson George, coal merchant, Chipping Hill
1929    Thompson George F, coal & coke merchant; cartage contractor; firewood logs ; estimates given; local agent for Mason’s cement, Braintree road, Chipping Hill. T N 106

1930 electoral register
Includes the following Thompsons (there are probably others: I didn’t look through all the streets, I was only looking for certain ones, and just put down any others I came across at the same time)
3 Chalks Road
George Frederick Thompson, Ann Thompson
43 Church Street
Maria Thompson (also Alexander and Annie Camilia Wenden)
84 Church Street
James Thompson (also John William and Lena Lackenby)
34 Cressing Road
Charles Henry Thompson, Annie Thompson (also Emily Woodwards)
47 Cressing Road
Ernest Walter Thompson, Annie Elizabeth Thompson (also George Frederick Allen)
91 Cressing Road
Emma Thompson

1933, All Saints tombstones
No. 405, Rachel and James Thompson, gives:
James Thompson who passed away July 9 1933 aged 78

Directories
1933    Thompson George F. coal & coke merchant; cartage contractor; firewood logs; estimates given; local agent for Mason’s cement, Braintree road, Chipping Hill. T N 106
1937    Thompson George F. Coal and coke merchant cartage contractor firewood logs, buyer and seller of old Tudor tiles and bricks. Local Agent for Masons cement. Braintree Road, Chipping Hill. Phone 106. [in form of advert]

c 1939 (info from Dave Theobald, Nov 2005
Maud Theobald (nee Skingsley) moved into 3 Chalks Road from Romford area, with family including Dave (b c 1935), after her husband George Theobald died. It had previously been occupied by George Thompson and family, but they were moving away to 9 Braintree Road. Re the Skingsley grandparents, Arthur and Emily – Arthur couldn’t write and his wife had to hold his hand if he had to write his name.
1 Chalks
2 Ada Smith
3 George Thompson and Argie (nee Skingsley, sister of Maud Theobald), then Theobalds
4 Rudkins
5 Skingsley
6 Dazley

Photos of Scheveningen hospital
Now given to Ian Hook at Essex Regiment Museum.

Emails with Sheila Ellis

Following is a reply from an email to Sheila Ellis who gave me two photos of a WW1 Hospital at Scheveningen in Holland, that George Thompson had given her. She thought he might be on them but according to his son Ken he isn’t. He gave them her because she was a Rudkin and the inscription on the back of one of them mentions a Rudkin ie. ‘Scheveningen Holland. Where I met Pte[?] Rudkin about April 1918 in Hospital’. The other just had the caption ‘Hospital Scheveningen Holland’. This is not in George Thompson’s writing. So someone else must presumably have given them to him.

Envelope-to: janet@gyford.com
From: Ttedellis@aol.com
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 05:52:10 EST
Subject: George Frederick Thompson
To: janet@gyford.com

Hello Janet,

George Frederick Thompson, who gave me the photographs was the coal merchant, who had his yard in Braintree Road, close the the railway station. (Now Ramdsen Mills)
He handed them to me when I was working in the local bank and thought that one of the soldiers might be one of my relatives (Edward Rudkin). They apparently met whilst in hospital in Holland during WW1. I left the bank in 1974 so it would be around this date or a bit earlier.

Thurgood family

Thurgood

Interview tape 194 is of John Thurgood who was born in 1922, I think in Terling. But I’m afraid I don’t know his relationship to the people. mentioned below.


Thurgood, carriers etc of Terling

Info from directories. May not be complete or even accurate ! Taken from rough and fairly illegible notes done in a hurry in relation to Spurge’s box which was addressed to Mrs T and sent by Ts (see photos M1058, M1059, M1062, M1068, M1069, P33/7A, P34/15, P154/18, P154/19

1874    None
1878    William, carrier and shopkeeper
1890    Charles, carrier, to Witham daily; William, shopkeeper
1899    Edward, carrier; William, PO
1906    William, post; and William, carrier to Witham daily
1910    William subpostmaster (and carrier?); Charles, farmer
1914    Hewitt Thurgood Witham daily; John carrier?; William, shopkeeper and post office.
1922    Charles to Witham daily et al.; Mrs Susanna, shopkeeper

 

Ewers family

Ewers family. Conversation with various members, 29 March 2004

Recorded on tape 193 but not transcribed

Moses Ewers from Mundon married Lilian Hawkes of Witham in 1920s. The Hawkes were carpenters. There were Shelleys from Witham in her ancestry too.

Residences
After Mundon they went to Hole Farm and then to Whiteheads Farm while their 11 children were young.

Their children included
Violet (Midge), Mrs Maxfield, of Powershall End, Witham, will be 83 in May 2004
Dorothy, Mrs Surridge, of Cressing Road, Witham
June, Mrs Baxter, of Goldhanger
Eric, the youngest still alive now, ?in 60s, husband of Chris, phone 562748, live just outside Coggeshall

The children went to school in Faulkbourne

Photos M837 and M841 of the carnival include Violet as an attendant at the Carnival Queen in 1939.

Miss Ewers, later Mrs Ladham, at the glove factory in 1947 or 1948 in photos M480, M502, is not related

Colin Ewers in photo M859 is a nephew of Eric etc.,

Macpherson, Ena

Notes on Mrs Ena Macpherson, nee Beard, of Tillingham (later of Maldon)

See interview tape 190.

See photos M546 to M557.

Born: 1915.

Parents:
Father George Wilson Beard, family from Bishops Stortford. Had a shop in Saffron Walden first and then moved to open ironmonger’s shop at 88 Newland Street in 1905.
Mother, Winifred Newby of Feering Lodge. Her mother’s surname Pepper. Mother’s father, Mr Newby, was seed manager at Hursts seed people, owned by Sherwood family of Prested Hall, Feering.  Winifred’s sister was Mildred who was Mrs Hunwick and had a shop in Witham. Another sister was Dorothy who married Jim Parish and they had a farm at Earls Colne.

Brother: Arthur, said to be eight years older in one place, but also to have been a baby at the time of the 1910 Constitutional club fire. Maybe eight years younger. Lived in Avenue Road house with parents, worked in Kelvedon at builders’ merchants, died aged 58.

Married: Mr Macpherson who left in about the 1940s.

Reidences: First over the shop at 88 Newland Street. Then when married on a fruit farm at twenty years old at Woodham Walter for fifteen years. Then back to Witham c 1950. Flat over Taber’s fruit shop (c.9 Newland Street). Then to parents’ in Avenue Road to look after them.

Work: Trained as hairdresser before married. When came back to Witham, had hairdresser’s shop down Maldon Road, formerly Brewster’s saddlers, for five years.

Son: Stuart

Mens, Margaret

Notes on Miss Margaret Mens

See interview tape 185

See photos M520 to M534

Born
August 1913. In Avenue Road. Only child.

Residence
Brought up at Langleys, 10 Collingwood Road.
1999 at Bradwell near Braintree.

Family
Grandfather was Alfred, bank manager. He had eight children.
Father, Arthur Charles (known as Joe), ran Witham Cartage and Coal Company. He died in 1958.
Mother, Margaret Amelia (Milly), two or three years earlier. Arthur and Milly married in 1910.

Education
Chelmsford County High School then Barrett Street Trade School to learn dressmaking.

Jobs
Briefly at Jay’s in Regent Street, then Bolingbroke’s in Chelmsford. Then dressmaking on own in Witham till War in 1939. Then to the office at Crittall’s in Witham and stayed there thirty years.

Directories
Year    Original entry
1866    Mens Mr. Alfred
1870    Mens Alfred
1874    Mills, Errington Bawtree & Co. (of Colchester), bankers (Alfred Mens, manager), draw on Glyn, Mills & Co. London e.c
1874    Mens Alfred
1878    Mills, Errington, Bawtree & Co. (of Colchester), bankers (Alfred Mens, manager), draw on Glyn, Mills & Co. London e.c
1878    Mens Alfred
1882    Mens Alfred
1886    Mens Alfred
1890    Mens Alfred
1890    Mills, Bawtree, Dawnay, Curzon & Co. (of Colchester), bankers (Alfred Mens, manager) ; draw on Glyn, Mills & Co. London E C
1895    Sparrow Tufnell & Co. bankers (of Chelmsford) (Alfrd. Mens, mangr.); draw on Barclay, Bevan, Tritton, Ransom, Bouverie & Co. London E C
1895    Mens Alfred
1899    Mens Alfred
1899    Barclay & Co. Limited, bankers (branch) (Alfred Mens, manager); draw on head Office, 54 Lombard street, London E C
1899    Mens, Alfred, manager of Barclay & Co.’s Bank
1902    Barclay & Co. Limited, bankers (branch) (Alfred Mens, manager) (open 10 to 4; except sat. 10 to 1); draw on head Office, 54; Lombard street, London E C
1902    Mens Alfred, manager of Barclay & Co.’s Bank
1902    Mens Alfred
1906    Mens Alfred
1906    Barclay. & Co. Limited, bankers (branch) (Alfred Mens, manager) (open 10 to 4 except sat. 10 to 1); draw on, head office, 54 Lombard Street, London E C
1906    Mens Alfred, manager of Barclay & Co’s Bank
1908    Mens Alfred, High street
1910    Mens Alfred, High street
1910    Mens Alfred, insurance agt. High st
1912    Mens Mrs. High street
1912    Mens Arthur Charles, The Hawthorns
1914    Mens Arthur Charles, The Hawthorns, Avenue road
1914    Mens, Mrs., Collingwood Road
1917    Witham Cartage & Coal Co. Ltd. coal & coke merchants & contractors, sand & stone merchants, steam hauliers & contractors for carting timber (A.C.Mens, managing director), Collingwood Road
1917    Mens & Roberts, insurance agents: Collingwood road
1917    Mens Arthur Charles, The Hawthorns. Avenue road
1922    Witham Cartage & Coal Co. Ltd. coal & coke merchants & contractors, sand & stone merchants, steam hauliers & contractors for carting timber (A.C.Mens, managing director), Collingwood road
1922    Mens Arthur Charles, insurance agent, Collingwood road
1922    Mens Arthur Charles, Langleys, Collingwood Road
1926    Mens Arthur Charles, Langleys, Collingwood road
1926    Witham Cartage & Coal Co. Ltd. coal & coke merchants & contractors, sand & stone merchants, steam hauliers & contractors for carting timber (A. C. Mens, managing director), Collingwood rd. T N 42
1926    Mens Arthur Charles, insurance agent, Collingwood road. T N 42
1929    Essex & Suffolk Equitable Insurance Society Ltd. (Arth. C. Mens, district mngr.), Collingwood rd
1929    Mens Arthur Charles, insurance agent, Collingwood road. T N 42
1929    Mens Arthur Charles, Langleys, Collingwood road
1929    Witham Cartage & Coal Co. Ltd. contractors, sand & stone merchants, steam & general hauliers. contractors for carting timber (A. C. Mens, managing director), Collingwood road. T N 42
1933    Mens Arthur Charles, insurance agent, Collingwood road. T N 42
1933    Mens Arthur Charles, Langleys, Collingwood road
1933    Essex & Suffolk Equitable Insurance Society Ltd. (Arth. C. Mens, district mngr.), Collingwood rd
1937    Mens Margt. (Miss), ladies’ hairdrssr. Langleys, Collingwood rd. T N 186
1937    Mens Arthur Charles, Langleys, ColIingwood road
1937    Mens Arth. Chas. insur. agt. Collingwood rd. T N 186
1937    Essex & Suffolk Equitable Insurance Society Ltd. (Arth. C. Mens, district mngr.), Collingwood rd.

Kent, Reg

Notes on Reg Kent (and Half Hides farm)

See interview tape 184

See photos M744-M748 at Half Hides farm. Reg is on right of photo M748 with bike.

Address in 1999 when interviewed: ‘Rosanald’, Manor Road, Hatfield Peverel

Born about 1930.
Was at Half Hides for a short time in 1950s with parents and brother(s) when late teens or about twenty.

Residences.
His family moved about a bit. The order is a bit confused. First lived at Great Leighs. Later at Willingale, there when Reg 16 and he worked in a garage for a bit but left. Then with father to Bridge House farm, Hatfield Peverel. Not long after, Reg went to work on another farm and carried on with farm work till married, sometimes with his father, sometimes other places.

Probably father had a little farm at Stisted before going to Half Hides in Witham, which was a bigger jump, then at one point he said they went from ‘Half Hides to Queenborough, Queenborough to Stisted, Stisted to Mersea. We had a lovely five hundred acre farm at Mersea’.

After they left Mersea Reg married at age of 25 and lived in his father in law’s tied cottage in Hatfield Peverel and then he helped a builder build their own cottage on a plot belonging to his in-laws, where still live. Left farmwork and worked in Crittall’s for two months but wouldn’t join Union so left, started digger driving until stopped by ill-health.

Family
Father
: Spencer Kent. Mother Dorothy (Doll) Kent. Eldest brother also Spencer but known as John. A middle brother worked at Cullen’s seeds when they were in Witham. A sister married a soldier and went to live in Poplar. They visited Half Hides and their son is on photo M744 (he’s now in Australia).