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Gill Wright
15 May 2014

Dear Mr Ingall
I recently came across the website "rankins-of-broomhills.net" when researching my own family history.  I just wanted to tell you that I'm pleased I did.  My grandmother, Gertrude Elizabeth May Mead (nee Sweet). worked as a Domestic Nurse to Harold and Grace Rankin and Family.  Age 17, her name appears in the Broomhills 1911 census.  I knew that Gertrude had worked for the Rankin family, and now I am gradually fitting all the pieces together.  I also have learnt that Gertrude met her future husband on Rankin land as he lived in Great Stambridge, along with his father, worked with horses on Rankin's farm.
I don't know how long my grandmother work at Broomhills.  I know she and my grandfather, Earnest Mead, married in 1920 (and in the meantime, from 1915 Earnest embarked on a career with the Metropolitan Police, serving in Westminster, London where they both lived after their marriage.)
Browsing through your our website, looking at the pictures of Broomhills and the Rankin family in the early 20th century, has given me a small insight into my grandmother's life was at that time, and has prompted me explore further into the local social history.  Thank you for that opportunity.
I am pleased that the Broomhills still exists, albeit in the form of a nursing home.  My mother would have been interested too in the research (sadly she died in 2002) as she and my father lived their retirement years in Rayleigh - so near to Broomhills in Rochford.
I do admire you for putting together a vast and well researched website, my congratulations.
Kind regards, Gillian Wright.

Bronwen Channon
5 Apr 2014

Hi Martin,
I am Bronwen Channon, the fourth child of Jennifer Crew (nee Lloyd) and Neville Crew. As you have been informed by Judith, my mother passed away 2 May 2013. I am now sorting through a myriad of boxes and have come across a number photos of the Kent-Hughes family, of her mother’s (Gwendolyn) generation, and of the previous generation.
Three things: Firstly, could you add me to your email list please as I was disappointed to only find out about your website and subsequent re-union etc through a Google search.
Secondly, Brian is incorrect in telling you that Montague hyphenated the Kent-Hughes name. According to the biography of Sir Wilfred Kent-Hughes it was Sir Wilfred who did this when he entered Parliament. There was already a politician named Billy Hughes on the opposite side of politics and he did not want to be confused or associated with him, Montague was 11 years younger than Wilfred so probably looked up to his older brother and followed what he did.
Finally Gwendolyn’s husband Victor Reginald Lloyd was known as John, he died 1964, not 1989.
Kind regards Bronwen.

Brian Pettit
4 Mar 2014

re: Norman H. Rankin
Good morning Martin – I trust you are well.
Just a further snippet for your timelines.  I note that the above was a navy man and appears to have played occasionally for Rankin’s Cricket Club (then Rochford) when home on leave as there is a Lieut. N Rankin recorded as playing against Burnham CC away on the 21st August 1909.
Also having done an interview for the Rochford Community Archive, with Donny Stranks (now 82) and living in Mill Lane Stambridge – his earliest childhood recollection was Donald Rankin having the Hawker Tomtit wheeled out of the barn and flying over Stambridge and turning loop the loops – he also apparently insisted that someone accompany him such as the coachman or gardener!  Apparently according to Donny the plane was sequestered by the war office in 1939, much to Donald’s dismay.  Donny worked for the Rankin Farms for 49 years as a tractor driver, as did his father before him.  He is a great source of local history.  Regards Brian.

Nicholas James
8 Sept 2013

"At last my brother has passed to me my copy of your big and engrossing book! Your researches are so impressive; and it was very clever to include passages from relatives' notes & other contributions. The photographs and other pictures add so much interest and charm - you have even been thorough enough to show the enigmatic house on Tyneside. I am delighted to learn so much about the figure that we call Aunt Florence (Rankin-James) - I can now understand how a Rankin would have been attracted to her, albeit she probably over-shadowed her own! It is technically very interesting indeed to see how many complementary charts of genealogy are needed. As we have said before - and as you write - one thing leads to another. How much research did you do on the Maufes? I was reminded that my grandmother, Muriel Lindley James, had been interested to learn that I was at prep school with two of her (I now see, from your chart) great-great-nephews (is that the term?) in the West Riding. We boys knew about the connection but were utterly vague and barely interested. The elder is called Carl - and I now see why; the younger, more my age, Stephen, I think. Oddly, their illustrious grandfather or great-uncle was on the school honours boards with his VC - odd, since Google tells me that his prep school was elsewhere; but he did die in Ilkley; and I see now that the boys' father or uncle was also a war hero, in WWII. Ah, and now I see that both boys feature in your website about the Rankins of Broomhills ... Thank you, Cousin, for my copy of your fine work! How MLJ would have enjoyed it! Nicholas James

Mark Wilcox
26 Feb 2013

Hi Martin, If it is of any interest I inherited an oil painting by 'Nellie Rankin' entitled ' The Neapolitan Boy '. I understand that it is a copy of a famous painting hanging in a gallery in Rome. I was told that she painted it whilst on her ' Grand Tour '. Best Wishes, Mark Wilcox. 

Sonia Scales
26 Feb 2013

Dear Martin,  It was lovely to get the latest news. I enjoyed seeing the new picture of Mum and Sheila.  We lived, as you know, in Grassington too, and were close to the Howells family and Aunt Joy. I would say that Aunt Joy was like a grandmother to me and I saw a lot of her. Simone was my godmother and I used to go to Far Scar when I was three [1942] where she taught me and one or two others in the dining room. I can remember marching round with drums etc. I missed the family when they went to Australia. Robin is just a little younger than me and we played together a lot. Simone and Robin lived with us for a little while when her husband Gwyn went off to war. My brothers will remember Far Scar more than I do but I know many happy hours were spent there.   You really started something with the history and saga of the Rankin family. Many thanks for giving us this interest and feeling of being connected.  Best Wishes  Sonia

Karen Weir
13 Feb 2013

Dear Martin, Your book is literally fascinating! Lovely pictures too, which are so important , so that the reader can put a face to our many ancestors! While I am still weeding through all the many personalities in the book, I am loving all of it, I am connected through the Lowe family, sadly that part didn't make it in time to be added to the book...........regardless, this is all so wonderful and I applaud you for the huge effort and act of love to research, and record the history of this family and all its' many branches. My best friend is from England and goes home several times a year. She is anxious to read your book, too. Just wanted to thank you again. Sincerely Karen Ayers Weir

Sheridan Lynch
3 Feb 2013

Dear Martin, I am Gay's sister and have been visiting her and my mother in Australia for the past month. We have had great fun with the book since it arrived and Simone (Howells) and I have spent days with the book and her store of documents and pictures. I have scanned some pictures which you may not have and which could be good for the website (a family one of 3 generations of Rankins in about 1908 is particularly good). It has also been interesting comparing a few family myths with some facts! I return to Sussex this week and will send them to you. I also would like a copy of the book and wonder if we might meet up as I would be fascinated to hear about the process of putting it all together and also what happens from here. Best wishes, Sheridan Lynch

Sarah Hare
20 Jan 2013

Dear Martin, I am enjoying the book enormously and discovering so much about the enormous extended family!!  Thank you also for the information  about the Lowes. Just one small thing, on the photo captions you refer to my father as 'Chris'.  He was never ever known as that - it was either 'Christopher' or more usually 'Tim' but never Chris!!! I must congratulate you on your detailed research, it really is fascinating.  My father always said he had '42 cousins'  and remembered visiting 'Broomhills' pretty often.I'm finding it a wonderful distraction from working on other things!  You must feel rather bereft now it's finished, or have you found another project?Many thanks indeed for all your hard work.Yours,Sarah

Jo Hewitson
20 Jan 2013

Dear Martin, Congratulations on the website - what an amazing amount of information! You have clearly put lots of work in. Fascinating! Just a couple of points of accuracy to the family tree - I married Tom in 1997, and on the family tree I have gained 2 siblings - I am not sure my mother knows them!! I wonder if Rebecca and Sarah belong to Michael Irving? Finally Antonie is "Anthony James". Good luck with it all. With very best wishes, Jo [Family tree now amended]

Joan Rankin (South Africa)
15 Jan 2013

Dear Martin, The books arrived yesterday and WOW!!!! What beautiful books. And what a special approach. We stayed up until after midnight reading and looking. Getting to know Gummy and love her as a warm and courageous woman. What a fascinating story to tell. Photos, maps, family trees etc. all add to make this a family heirloom to be treasured. Many, many thanks to you and Susan for all the hard work and effort that goes into such a major project. It is not often that a long awaited pleasure surpasses all dreams when it finally arrives. Best wishes, Joan and Tony.

Ambrose Maufe
23 Dec 2012

Martin, Fascinating reading. Thank you for all the time and patience you have invested in such a comprehensive archive. I can remember many happy hours on 'Karana' on our pre-war summer holidays and of course our so gentle Grandad. My mother's letter to Jan and Sheila describing the scattering of her mother's ashes on the water in the stormy weather at Waldens Point brought me to tears. Thank you again. Ambrose.

Robert Scott
18 Dec 2012

Dear Martin, It was a great pleasure to receive your magnum opus which I've begun to read from cover to cover.The astonishing collection of photographs must have taken up a lot of time discovering. I realise that I'm only half a Rankin through Irene, but it is a half to which I owe my career, as my mother started me off (probably in the womb!) by introducing to me a lot of music as well as starting my pianistic ability which is (has been) responsible for my teaching here at Kings School (Canterbury). So the photo of Irene sitting at the Broomhills piano I particularly enjoyed - it was new to me, not as far as I know in any Scott photo albums. I'm sorry to say that all the Rankins I knew are now dead except one - Patrick. But the memories your book has brought back have been a delight. Many thanks, Robert.

John Symon
16 Dec 2012

Martin, Very many thanks for your book, which arrived yesterday. It really is a great achievement and congratulations to you for all your hard work and industry. I am looking forward to spending many hours perusing it. Just a small point: In the Family Tree at the back my mother's second name is Deane, which is also my middle name. The name is found in some of the siblings of her mother, Minnie Blackburn, probably after her great grandfather, John Deane. He moved from Ireland to South Africa in the early nineteenth century, worked in shipping and it is said that he was descended from Anthony Deane, ship builder to Samuel Pepys. Also, in the same tree, Norman Rankin and Minnie were married in 1912 and my parents in 1944 (as shown in the Tree on page 133). For the record, Martin Gibson, who married my aunt Pauline, died in 2010. Kind regards John.

David Scales
14 Dec 2012

Dear Martin, I am to receive a copy of the book for Christmas and look forward to reading it. My mother was the 5th daughter of Harold Rankin and was always proud of being a member of the family. I have met Andrew Rankin recently and last week introduced me to Sally Wilcox whose brother Michael I have known for many years. Mother left me two watercolours one of which is of the mill and barges and the other a river scene. I often wondered who painted them and now suspect it was Nell. No signature. I spent  a week or two every summer at Broomhills in the 30's  and 40's and have met many senior members of the family and friends of Grandfather. More recently I stayed at Broomhills with Donald and worked on the farm as a student(1948) Best wishes, David.

Andrew Rankin
14 Nov 2012

Dear Martin, I am enclosing a few photos of the get-together...not very good but they give a sense of the occasion. I'm still dipping into your book, and gradually the bits fall into place and the whole complicated jigsaw (is becoming clearer). Your heroic efforts should be, and are, applauded. I found Alfred Mottram's will very interesting. How strange that it should come to light the way it did. Let's hope (still more information emerges) now that your website is up-and-running. I love Nell's paintings and drawings. She really was a considerable artist. I discovered that Sally Wilcox has a holiday house about 15 miles from here and we've met twice and had some good Rankin conversations. Her brother Michael, who wasn't at the 'do', lives up here pernanently and we've met him too. Fascinating that he is a playwright and music (classical) fanatic. He has a collection of 30,000 classical LPs (there's quite a bit about him on the internet). Thanks again for organising the get-together, and for the book and for your continuing work on the Rankin family, and let's hope that we can meet up again sometime in the not too distant future. All the best, Andrew.

Michael Rankin
14 Nov 2012

Dear Martin, Just to let you know, I was over in Vancouver last week and was able to finally receive the copy of your book my brother Peter had left for me with our mother. I have yet to really get into "Gummy's Story",  but,  from my first look and quick skim through, I am really impressed.  What an amazing accomplishment. You must have put years of effort into it. Your book is quite special, a rarity, few families are ever so fortunate to have. We are in your debt. Many thanks and appreciation to you and to your wife, for her support of you, in your prodigious endeavour. Best wishes, Michael

Patrick Rankin
22 Oct 2012

Dear Martin, I thought the launch was very good and so of course is the book !!  I am sure that everybody who has your book will be very grateful that you have put so much time and effort into their family history.  We certainly are and it will be much appreciated for generations unborn ! Kindest regards, Patrick.

Kate Rankin
8 Oct 2012

Hello Martin, A late thank you for a very interesting and informative event on 22 Sep - as Andrew has already told you, he, Jacob and I all enjoyed it very much. The book really is a great achievement and I'm enjoying dipping into it, putting some names to faces and faces to names....It was a lovely idea to hold the launch in Stambridge, giving us a chance to 'place' so much of our history. In response to Michael Rankin from Vancouver (Nell was my great aunt too) I also remember hearing talk of a Pocohontas connection when I was a child. I guess there's no smoke without fire as they say. What a fascinating tale that might be! One final coincidence - the family of my partner (my children's father), have been living at 18 Algiers Rd for the last thirty years next door to Gummy's one-time home. We know the area well which all helps to bring your story to life. I look forward to following developments on the website. Best wishes to you and Sue.
Kate (Katharine Rankin)

Jane Cathie
28 Sept 2012

Dear Martin and Susan, What a wonderful day you gave us with your book launch, we now truly appreciate the terrific amount of work that you put into this project. The book is a delight, the trouble is that instead of writing to thank you, I keep on digging into it to follow names that ring bells for me from 50 - 60 (or more) years ago! It was a splendid experience meeting so many relatives, however loosely connected. Perhaps we should all have a read your book first and then known all about each other, (or maybe not!) Saturday was a great day and introduced Peta to a family history of which she knew nothing. Our many thanks to you both (and to Susan for arranging such a delicious lunch). Hoping to see you both here sometime. Most sincerely, Jane and Peta (Austin).

Michael Rankin (Vancouver B.C.)
30 Sept 2012

Hello Martin, Many thanks for sending along the notice of your book launch. Congratulations on its success. Your new "Rankins-of-Broomhills" website is fascinating. Seeing the photos of Broomhills reminded me of the delightful times I had there when I visited and stayed with Donald and Stella in the 1970's. Also, the 19th century photo of the mill from across the river explained a very nice watercolour I have by Ellen Rankin (Great Aunt?) of much of the same scene. The Rankin ancestor portraits  are intriguing. I definitely see a resemblance  in Catherine Rankin to my father. It appears the Rankins were likely the source of his Roman nose. (He used to say they were related to Pocahontas) I am especially looking forward to the possibilities of what is to come and hope to learn more about the family and those I met so many years ago. (Donald, Stella,  Moltram, Patrick, Hetta, and others, names  forgotten...  What was or is their story?) Again, congratulations on the book launch and thank you for all you have done to enlighten me on the family I have known so little about. Best wishes, Michael.

Sonia Scales
28 sept 2012

Thank you Martin for Saturday. It was very enjoyable and you must be proud of the outcome of all your hard work. I am enjoying the book and learning things about people my mother knew.  I would like to buy a copy for my brother David when you have got your next batch through as he will remember more of the relations than I do.  I have forwarded this letter on to him with the promise of an early [maybe?] Christmas present. Please thank Susan and your family for the lovely lunch.  All the best,  Sonia

Mary Lancefield
28 Sept 2012

Dear Martin, We enjoyed last Saturday's 'launch' very much. It was a real tour de force to get so many of the family together. The book is fantastic- I sat up until 1 am that evening reading it!! and really need to go back over it again. Susie mentioned about our grandfather calling his first house Bincleaves. The house was in Radlett and they lived there from 1910-1915. The Clarkes came from Weymouth and had a building business there ( on 1871 &1881 census )- could they have been involved in the building of the house or the other properties on Bincleaves Road? I don't know how one finds out about which firm built what - deeds? Anyhow, another mystery to solve! We go to Lyme Regis again in August so perhaps I'll try the Dorchester record office for newspaper accounts. Thanks again to you and Susan for a lovely occasion. Keep in touch, love, Mary.

Andrew Rankin
27 Sept 2012

Hello Martin and Susan,
Just a word to say thank-you for, and to say how much Kate, Jacob and I enjoyed the book launch experience. It was absolutely fascinating meeting the various Rankins and others. I found one (Sally Wilcox) who has a holiday home a few miles from Hexham. I hope we can meet up some time. And the book - what an achievement! I haven't had time to look at it in any detail yet as I only got back yesterday, but in the next few days I intend to study it properly. Kate, Jacob and I had a look at Broomhills and Stambridge church. That was fascinating too, though we couldn't get into the church. It's a great pity that Broomhills is surrounded with all the mess that it is, but even so one can sense how it was in its heyday. I could see Will and Co going about their business there over a hundred years ago. I think I might go back there one day and spend a bit more time there. I was very sorry my cousins and Rebecca couldn't make it. I think they missed something rather special. So thank you once again for the experience and the book.  I hope we'll keep in touch, - actually I fully intend to visit you in Tonbridge so that I can catch up with Woodhorne etc sometime. So in the meantime: best wishes, and regards to you both.  Andrew

Ted Stanbrook
27 Sept 2012

I just wished to thank you again for giving us such an interesting and enjoyable day, yesterday. I have been delving into the book and, my goodness, you have given us a wealth of information and interest. My thanks and very best wishes, Ted.

Mark Wilcox
26 Sept 2012

Martin, Yes the photographs of the Rankin ladies cricket team, the Alleyn Court school photograph  (see News page) and the Alleyn Court school boys X1 are dated 1909. Yes you are right, neither my mother or father had been born. When Phyllis Rankin was about to leave for British Columbia in 1913 having married William Warren, she went to Alleyn Court to say goodbye to her friends Theo and Ruth Wilcox. Ruth was holding her new born son Denys. Phyllis held the baby and said 'What a beautiful little boy'. Little could they have imagined that one day that little boy was to marry the girl that Phyllis would bear, also to be called Phyllis.  Best Wishes, Mark.

My reply to Mark Wilcox (MEI)
25 Sept 2012

Hi Mark, Many thanks for your message, and I am glad you enjoyed the event. Your idea for a follow-up event is a good one – will have to think about it. I copied all the photos you kindly brought along and have been studying them. There are some very good ones. What was the date of the Alleyn Court School shot, was it 1908? That would be before your father was born. I think Harold’s letter was among some which are looked after by Dr. John Russell Scott, his grandson. Best wishes, Martin

Judy Whiting (NZ)
26 Sept 2012

Martin, I hope you don't mind all these photos. Just be thankful I can't find the ones I am looking for and the rest are all at my brother's place in Australia. Tinas GirlsHopefully have attached a photo of Clementina's husband, Wilfrid Kent-Hughes (see Gallery) - an interesting  fellow who had three wives in the end. The third wrote a book about her experiences in WWII as a radiologist in the British  Army; it was something like" Matilda watzes with the Tommies". I lent my copy to a cousin so can't look it up. The second photo is of four of Clementina's daughters; Ellen is seated and the others are Peg, Mary and Winifred. Uncle Billy (actually he is my great uncle but we always called him Uncle) looked very like his father and one of his nephews is very much like the pair of them. Cheers Judy. (by email)

Clive Martin
25 Sept 2012

Hi Mart.......Just want to say thanks so much for the book; I think its fantastic.....thoroughly enjoying it. I knew nothing about our family's history before last weekend.....& all the photos are great....well done. Allan was very impressed. He's planning to do a similar thing for the Martins......he's got his work cut out ! And it was a great day...lovely to see my cousins & you all. What are you going to do now ? Clive. (by email)

Mark Wilcox
25 Sept 2012

Dear Martin, First of all I would like to apologise for not being able to say goodbye and thank you for a wonderful day last Saturday. To meet so many of my relations for the first time was amazing and very rewarding. I have now started to read your book. The pages about my mother are very accurate except that she did not go to London but stayed with her grandparents in Rochford and travelled up to London each day by train for her singing lessons. She met my father Denys Wilcox at an 'at home' evening, to which the Wilcoxs were invited, at Broomhills. When my father heard her sing he fell in love with her and they were married less than a year later! Father was at the time captain of Essex County Cricket Club. He is still the youngest captain of Essex ever. Although Pat said in his address that the meeting was unique and would never happen again I think that for most of us we would like to have another meeting in a year's time having read and digested your wonderful book. There is much more memorabilia to show. Best Wishes and Well Done! Mark Wilcox.
P.S. I wonder who has that letter about Mum sailing over to England?

Jane Mould
25 Sept 2012

I am finding your book fascinating. It's really taking me back to the bits I know. It's like stepping back in time! I haven't even taken the dogs out yet. Have had to make myself put it down. Thanks so much. J (by text)

Liz Borman & Tony
24 Sept 2012

Dear Martin and Susan, Thank you very much for inviting us to your book launch. It was lovely to meet some of our relatives and also to see you both again. I am going to enjoy reading your book very much, and finding out more about the family history, many thanks once again.
Best wishes, Liz and Tony. (by letter)

Edward James
24 Sept 2012

Dear Martin, Thank you very much for laying on the opening for the book. The food was delicious. It was nice to meet Sonia again and, although I did not say anything to Patrick Rankin, I think I probably briefly met his charming daughter Annabelle? I think she looks like a Rankin I must say. I could see very definite similarities to my grandmother's portrait. This was really gratifying. I had to go back and relieve our children as my wife was busy taking a group of school children up to Yorkshire. I think I was one of the more tenuous relatives there and what with the reading portion of my bi-focals needing to be changed and the fact that I hadn't swatted up on the various relationships (Nick has always had a better grasp of this) I was a little out of my depth. Again, thank you for seeing such a work through to the end. I do believe that, even though the James connection has become tenuous, it's good for the children to have some sense of familial continuity. My father simply couldn't be bothered to do anything about keeping in touch with the relatives. As I told Sonia, the fact he married a Dutch woman didn't help. Even his mother took several years to reconcile herself to having a foreigner in the family! I hope your historical digging will continue and that you have pleasure from it. Kind regards, Edward.

Mike Scales
24 Sept 2012

Dear Martin,  Many thanks for the book and for a really good party. I hope you are pleased with the response. I took Sonia and Stella to see Broomhills and although it was good to see the house being put to good use it was rather sad to see how the lovely garden is really no more. We used to come down from Yorkshire every summer for two weeks and stayed in the house until Karana was put in the "dock". I think Sonia missed the best years as she is nine years younger than me. Harold was such a lovely man. He used to drive me round the farm to look at the crops and laughed when he asked me to look to see what the potato crop was like and I scrabbled the earth away with my hands. The old mulberry tree that was in the garden provided us with "paint" for our bodies and faces when we played "cowboys and  Indians"---- far better than sitting in front of a computer as they all seem to do now. What have the young people missed!!  I read a book very slowly these days as apart from the daily paper I only read in bed before I drop off. "Gummy's Story" will be my next and I am looking forward to it. Thank you again,  sincerely, Mike.

My reply to Judy
25 Sept 2012

Many thanks for the interesting photo. I presume it is Clementina seated in the canopied chair looking very poorly, presumably about 1915/16. I wonder who the 'cousins' can be? The reason I did not include the next generation on the Hughes tree was really the impossibility of getting them all on an A4 sheet, but also that I would probably need to get their permission to publish their names both in the book and on this site. Best regards, Martin

Judy Whiting (NZ)
24 Sept 2012

Have just found this photo which may be of some use to you...Kenty Kent-Hughes Group(Ellen Mary Kent-Hughes) has written "Mother and her cousins" on the back no date or location, etc but it must have been close to the end, and I assume in Melbourne. Had a look at the web site - great. Really looking forward to the book now. One question, what happened to our generation on the Kent-Hughes tree? No room or did Brian not send it?  Interesting that Peter is called Pinty , my sister Dianne has always be known as Dinty, in fact she doesn't answer to Dianne as it usually meant she was in trouble big time!! cheers Judy

Susie Clarke
23 Sept 2012

Dear Martin & Susan, Thank you so much for the delightful party given for your book launch. Ali and I did enjoy it, especially the marvellous lunch and seeing our distant cousins, all rather glamorous and successful! I love your book! Every page is interesting and I do look forward to reading it all! Afterwards Mary, Mike, Ali and I stood on the lawn at Broomhills. As Alison says it (of course) is the largest and grandest house she has come across yet in her family history delvings. Thank you again, so much, for having us! With love, Susie.
P.S. My grandfather called his 1st house, in Radlett, Bincleaves, too.
P.P.S. I particularly liked the salmon-pink geranium in the white bucket in the entrance and the charming village hall! Cheers!
P.P.P.S. It couldn't possibly be the same white bucket as on the front of the book, or one just like?
(the very same, MEI)

Linda Taunt
23 Sept 2012

Dear Martin and Susan,
What an extraordinary day we all had yesterday! A return to Rochford and Stambridge was a trip down memory lane for me as I spent childhood holidays visiting Granny and the Wilcox family in Westcliff. Thank you both for all your hard work and also for taking the trouble to organise the gathering yesterday. Dad (Ted Stanbrook) and I were so glad to be there. We shall look forward to many hours of “dipping” into your great work on the family. Thanks and very best wishes.

Robert P. Scott
23rd Aug 2012

"The happiest times in our holidays in the 30's and 40's were at 'Broomhills', lodging in the house boat, and riding on a horse from Great Stambridge".

Ted Stanbrook
3 Jun 2012

Receiving your email about your book has set me doing a lot of thinking about the family, and I expect that your book will answer some of my questions.
When Miriam and I were married in 1951 I came into two large families and spent years figuring out who everyone was. On the Rankin side all of Hugh's children were alive (except Louis who died young) and, of course I met them all and their children. The youngest of Hugh's family were the twins, Joan and Phyllis and Phyllis was my mother-in-law. She married Willie Warren and went to Canada to live on his ranch. Sounds grand but it was in fact a small farm where they had a good life but no money.
Colonel Warren, of the Royal Artillery, had six children, including Willie, who in turn married and had many children them selves, so that when Miriam and I arrived in Vancouver on holiday we were invited to supper with various cousins for several evenings in a row and it took me years to figure out who my various hosts were! I remember that the English cousins were always treated to salmon and at the end of the first week we were looking forward to a change! In the early 70's we went to a Warren reunion in Falkland and Vernon and there were something like 120 people there and that was not a full set!
Anyway, enough of that but you will understand my interest in the book. To start with I do not have any idea where you fit into the order of things - I rang Sally Wilcox, and she was not sure either!
Yours sincerely, Ted.