Notes on Mildred (Millie) Brett
See interview tape 59.
Born c 1910
No family. Was a foster child at Battlesbridge.
Worked with Mr Pendle, grocer. Started with him at Battlesbridge when aged 14.
They came to Witham, at 48 Church Street. She says this was after the First World War, though he is only in the directories from 1933.
In Second World War, Miss B worked at Crittalls.
Probably he moved from the shop about 1950, because the house Mr Pendle built to retire to, Rustingtons in Powershall End, was referred to as being thirty years old in 1982.
She says she worked for the next shopkeeper, Mr Vivien Wood, for a while.
Lived with the Pendles probably all the time they were at Witham
In Second World War went ‘home’ to Battlesbridge every Sunday because Mr P’s daughter was there for safety.
At 162 Humber Road at time of interview (1982).
Died 15 February 1986 aged 76
Extracts from documents
1933 and 1937 directories have: Pendle Wilfred Jas, grocer, 48 Church St. Chipping Hill. T N 165
1938 electoral register
48 Church Street: Wilfred James Pendle, Maud Ada Pendle, Mildred Brett.
1947 electoral register
48 Church Street: Wilfred J Pendle, Maud A Pendle, Ethel O Brett.