Notes on Ruth Beardwell
See interview tape 98.
Born August 1892, at Fairstead.
Father a gardener. Previously at Cants’ rose growers at Stanway, then by 1901 at the Rectory at Faulkbourne.
Mother a schoolteacher, previously at Stanway, then by 1901 at Faulkbourne.. Died 1959.
Sister Myrtle, married Walerian Wielezynski. She worked with the Red Cross at Belsen concentration camp after WW2. There is a collection of her photos from there in the Imperial War Museum]
Jobs On leaving school, a few months teaching at Fairstead school
Then was a ‘nursery governess’ for three years at Berkhamstead. Then came back to Essex and taught a little girl at Notley.
Then when First War came had to do war work and went in the office at Crittall’s at Braintree. She transferred to the Witham office in about 1929 and stayed till she left in about 1958. She was head of the setting out office.
Residence. Family moved to Faulkbourne when she was a child. She lived in Braintree from about 1920 to 1929. Moved to Witham in 1929 to 41 Avenue Road, still there at time of interview in 1985.
Died June 1988
Extracts from documents
RG 12/1425, f.134, p.4, schedule 25, Rectory Cottage, Fairsted,
George J Beardwell Head M 27 Coachman and gardener domestic born Suffolk, Stoke by Nayland
Alice M Beardwell Wife M 22 born Essex, Fairstead
Reginald G Beardwell Son 10 mo born Essex, Fairstead
1901 census (Ruth is Melissa R)
RG 13/1726, f.76, p.3, schedule 18, School house, Faulkbourne
George J Beardwell Head M 37 Gardener (domestic) born Suffolk, Stoke by Nayland
Alice M Beardwell Wife M 33 School Mistress (National) Essex, Fairstead
Reginald [?] Beardwell Son 10 Essex, Fairstead
Melissa R Beardwell Daur 8 Essex, Fairstead
Victor P Beardwell Son 6 Essex, Fairstead
Dorothy C Beardwell Daur 4 Essex, Fairstead
Ralph A Beardwell Son 1 Essex, Faulkbourne
1930 and 1938 Electoral registers, Witham
Oberon, Avenue Road: George James Beardwell, Alice Melissa Beardwell, Ruth Melissa Beardwell.
1947 Electoral register, Witham
Oberon, Avenue Road: Alice M Beardwell, Ruth M Beardwell.
1961 and 1969 Electoral registers, Witham
41 Avenue Road: Ruth M Beardwell, Dorothy C Beardwell.
1972 Electoral register, Witham
41 Avenue Road: Ruth M Beardwell
1977 Electoral register, Witham
41 Avenue Road: Ruth M Beardwell, Walerian Wielezynski; Myrtle F Wielezynski.