Ron was born in Walworth, London, in 1931. There were 4 boys originally, but Billy died before I was born, leaving me, Harry and Charlie outnumbered by the girls. The girls were Francis, Jane, Bessie, Irene and twins, Emily and Rosie. I had a grandfather, a father and a brother called Harry and they all worked at Spitalfields Fruit Market at the same time, that must’ve been confusing!
Paul has wonderful memories of his bohemian, artistic father. Paul’s father, Henry Franks Waring, was a successful artist, mixing with the Bloomsbury Set in the 1920s. He held parties where guests might encounter notable attendees, such as the composer, John Ireland. Paul remembers visiting his father during the holidays and staying with him on his house
boat, complete with fireplace!
Paul is fortunate to have kept some wonderful examples of his father’s work, including an elegant portrait of his mother.
View some of Henry’s work here.
Peter Neal was born in London, on the 25th of April 1927. The year after Peter was born, in 1928, he remembers people saying that the sun didn’t shine for ninety days straight, due to the smog!
He later went on to study Geography and Maths at Kings College London. The careers advisor suggested that Peter apply to the Colonial Service, which he did and was offered the post of Surveyor in Uganda!
Barbara came to stay at Barty House for a short respite, but she liked it so much she decided to stay and now she loves being part of the Barty family.
Barbara enjoys getting involved in all of the activities and has discovered a talent for mosaic work that she didn’t know she had!
Betty came form Lancashire Ashton-Under-Lyme, and was the first of her family to attend university. At the tender age of 17 years was sent by her father to UCL University City of London.
Betty was the youngest ever graduate in Chemistry. She went on to work for Lyons Corner House as chemist/food analyst. One of her work colleagues happen to be a young Margaret Thatcher. They routinely travelled into work together, Margaret was considered to be “snooty” by some, though Betty was fine with her, up to the point that she realised that perhaps they were right.
One day Margaret enquired of Betty what she and her husband did in their spare time, to which Betty replied “we chat and do craft”. Margaret replied “oh, I’m studying law.” The rest, as they say, is history. Image on right: Betty and her husband on their honeymoon in the Lake District.
When I was seventeen, I was fond of reading the newspapers and keeping up with current affairs. I saw an advertisement in the paper for volunteers for the Air Force. I became a Teleprinter. I had to go on many courses and I was sent to Gloucester and then to Cranwell for Teleprinting Training. This was the first time I’d been away from home and I was thrilled to bits with my uniform and my new friends!
I started off as ACW, (Aircraft Woman), then progressed through ACW1 and ACW2, to become LACW (Leading Aircraft Woman).
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Armed forces and I am proud to have been able to serve my country!
Pauline Vine grew up at the foot of the South Downs and spent all her time roaming around the countryside. So she spent a lot of time with nature, it was therefore an obvious choice to go to Wye College at London University and study for a degree in horticulture. She married Brian who also studied horticulture and Microbiology.
Both now working for the Wye College, they spent time in Greece on the mainland helping to develop the agricultural potential of the area where irrigation was now available. They travelled to local villages, joining a team consisting of farmers, nurses and home economists some of which were a mix of nationalities and together they all worked towards a plan which would be adopted by the future agriculturalists to enable the locals to cultivate vegetables and therefore export them to support the local economy.
Trish is wonderful to talk with having had an interesting life, working at the The House of Commons. She was born in Great Ormond Street and lived in Tooting. Trish was evacuated from London during the war, and said that they used to sleep in the underground at Holborn. She loved to ballroom dance, her favourite being the quick step. She would she would dance at Covent Garden Opera costing her 6d in the afternoons to dance to records or 2/6p to dance to a band in the evenings.
Trish is a delightful lady, well spoken and well educated. She loves to recount how in her day she was referred to as ” That well turned out woman.” She remains as such today!
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