Archive for September 2015

Visiting my gran's birthplace of Saffron Walden in Essex

Category: Making Memories

When we visited the market town of Saffron Walden in Essex in the summer, I just had to take the photograph on the right because it reminded me of a postcard (seen on the left) which most likely belonged to my Granny Hibbitt (Ivy Alice Hibbitt, nee Dando) and which is now in my possession.

St Mary's Church, Saffron Walden, Essex
St Mary's Church, Saffron Walden, Essex
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My gran was born in Saffron Walden in 1904 and was baptized in St Mary's Church on 23rd October of that year. By the time of the 1911 census, the family had moved to Plymouth but I can't be certain exactly when they arrived.

Gran had an affinity with Saffron Walden and when she and my Grandpa settled in Tavistock, they called the name of their bungalow in Chollacott Close, Walden, although now it has a number. I know that they visited Saffron Walden at least once (and probably many more times) because I have a cine film of them in the town.

It was nice to finally see the sweet shop where my gran was born. The Golden Butterfly at 2 Market Street was a sweet and tobacconist shop then and still is to this day. I bought a bag of sherbet lemons so I could have a peek inside.

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Tombstone Tuesday: 99 years since Henry James Weaver died in the Great War

Category: Ancestors Corner

Memorial Board in St Andrew's Church, Curry Rivel
Memorial Board in St Andrew's Church, Curry Rivel

Today is the 99th anniversary of the death of my great-grandfather, Henry James Weaver, accidentally killed by a bomb prematurely exploding during training at a base in France during WW1.

The photograph shows Henry's name on the War Memorial board near the back of the church in Curry Rivel, Somerset - Henry's home town.

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Cine footage of Anne Hibbitt's Christening Day

Category: Cine Films and Videos

Annie's Christening DayMy grandparents and parents used to use a cine camera before and after I was born and my Grandpa Geake recorded the films onto video tape in the early 1990's. Since then they've been transferred to DVD and converted to mpeg files.

Last week it would have been my Granny Hibbitt's birthday which reminded me that I was Christened on the day she turned 59 so I decided to upload some footage of the event onto YouTube.

The cine film includes me as a baby, my parents, both sets of grandparents, my aunt and my elder brother. I was baptized at St Eustachius Church in Tavistock and the film was taken outside the front door of my Granny and Grandpa Geake's house in Crelake Park, Tavistock.

Without further ado, HERE'S THE CINE FILM.

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Family Recipe Friday: Huckleberry Pudding

Category: Mrs Beeton's Cookery Books

The following recipe appears in the 'American Cookery' Chapter of my gran's 1894 publication of 'Mrs Beeton's Cookery Book and Household Guide'.


HUCKLEBERRY PUDDING.

INGREDIENTS. A pint of huckleberries(or whortleberries, as we call them), 2 eggs, a pint of milk, a saltspoonful of salt, 1/4 teaspoonful of soda, 1/2 teaspoonful of cream of tartar, enough flour to make a thick batter.

Mode.-Mix the cream of tartar with the flour, and dissolve the soda in hot water, then make into a thick batter with the other ingredients. Pick and mash the berries, dredge them with flour, and stir into the batter. Pour the mixture into a buttered mould, and boil 1 hour. Serve with some very sweet sauce.

Time, 1 hour. Seasonable from July to September.

See this post for more information about the book.

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Friday's Faces From The Past - Phyllis Weaver of Tavistock

Category: Sharing Memories

Phyllis Weaver
My gran, Phyllis Weaver (who later became Phyllis Geake)

Today I thought I'd post a photograph of my maternal grandmother as a young woman. I think she looks quite glamorous here.

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