Old Photos of Witham

The forge, 18 Chipping Hill, with Henry Dorking, Mr Quy, two girls and horse

Taken: 1950 approx, Ref: M707

The forge, 18 Chipping Hill. Left to right, Dick Perry, Henry Dorking (working), Frank Quy, Bob Newman (info from John Thurgood of Terling). Two little girls the McCain sisters, Maureen and Pat (later Mrs Eileen (Pat) Birchnall).

Henry’s assistant, Ken Miller, borrowed the girls from the day nursey at Brookcote across the road. They were chosen because they were so nicely dressed in matching tartan. Their hair was braided and tied up especially for the occasion by helper Lettie Upson (later Mrs Dallard).

John Tarlton took several other similar photos on the same day, which have been widely used since to illustrate ‘Old England’.

RefM707
PhotographerJohn Tarlton
Date taken1950 approx
SourceHowbridge School. Made from slide X591.
RestrictionsNow copyright of the Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading,
Posted on Full size 1975 × 1583

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