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The Scales Family

Family Notes from David and Sonia Scales

Alice Janet Rankin, (known as Jan) 1907 – 1979, pictured right in 1931, was one of the six daughters of JanHarold and Grace, and was born at 'Broomhills'. She was noted in her early years for her sense of fun.
In 1924, she and her younger sister, Sheila, went to Yorkshire to stay with their eldest sister, Joyce Maufe in Grassington.  During her stay she met Hugh Scales, a friend of Joyce and her husband, Carl. Hugh was a textile exporter from Bradford. They became engaged.
As Janet was only 17, her father sent her to a finishing school in Geneva for a year and, in 1926, they were married at Stambridge Church, and honeymooned on the isle of Brioni.
They set up home in Ilkley, and David was born there in 1927.  Michael followed in 1930. The world recession in the late twenties had a dire effect on their income and they were forced to sell their home and car in 1931 which was a blow that took many years from which to recover.
They moved from Ilkley to a rented home in Grassington, about a mile from the Maufe family. The two families had many joint activities, such as drama, walking, and tennis. The war came and Carl Maufe was killed in an accident while returning from duty in the Observer Corps, and Hugh served as a captain in the Home Guard. The older children were partly educated together, predominantly in Quaker Schools.
Janet and Hugh’s third child, Sonia was born in 1939. The family are shown (left) in 1947.
Scales FamOn retirement in 1959, Jan and Hugh moved south to Essex. They bought a house in Dedham where Jan took up painting again and started the Dedham Art Group with whom she exhibiRiver Roachted from time to time, painting mainly flowers or landscapes.

David farmed near Whitby for 11 years followed by 30 years with the NFU in Northumberland.  He also took up painting in retirement, and on the right is his painting of the River Roach.

Michael worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, retiring to care for his small estate on the Essex / Suffolk border.

Sonia worked as a primary school teacher interspersed with work in hotels at home and abroad.