A large photo album "Presented on All Saints Day 1894 To Their Vicar The Revd. J.B. Anstice MA by Teachers who have worked with him in the Sunday and Day Schools of Hungerford Berks 1867 - 1894".
The album was given to Dr Hugh Pihlens on 20 Feb 1990 by John Tucker of 23 Moore's Place, Hungerford. The mother of a friend of his was going to destroy it. John thought that she had worked for a previous vicar. The substantial volume measures 28.3 x 36.0 x 7.5cm.
Mrs Barbara Hope's notes on the album:
The following notes on some of the teachers of Hungerford were made by Mrs Barbara Hope of Bridge Gardens, 131 High Street, Hungerford (where she lived with her daughter Lady Troup). She went through Rev Anstice’s album in 1990-91, when she was aged 90-91 years.
"What a beautiful book of photographs of his many church workers presented to the Rev Anstice, who was an outstanding and well-loved vicar of Hungerford from 1866-1894. He was a bachelor and had a devoted housekeeper Miss Hedges.
My grandfather and he were great friends partly, I expect, as my grandfather was one of six sons of the Rev Wolvey Astley, Rector of Quenington, Gloucestershire and three of his brothers were in Holy Orders.
My grandfather read his law articles in Bath, and came to Hungerford in 1849 as a partner of Mr Matthews, solicitor, who lived in our house (Bridge House), that my grandfather purchased in 1864.
His mother, after the early death of her husband, had taken her large family to Bath to educate her children and marry off very successfully four (or five?) daughters. They lived in Bath from about 1823 until the last member of the Astley family died there in 1945.
My father was born in this house in 1865 and lived there until his death in 1940. He knew Mr Anstice well all his life, and when my mother and he were married in June 1895 Mr Anstice came back to perform the ceremony.
Miss Hedges retired with a lot of Mr Anstice’s furniture to the little White House (now enlarged) on the right-hand side as you come under the railway bridge down Croft Lane into The Croft. She lived there, I think, until she died, which was after the First World War. I remember her well.
As regards the many photographs, I cannot be much help, but I have listed the ones I recognise and some I remember, but it needs my father’s generation to know them all. There is quite a lot about my father’s generation I have written about (in a rather gossipy way) but it may interest you both. I only wish I could have done more, but one must stick to facts one knows."
Mrs. Pearce (by Brombarnes & Bell, 31 Bold St., Liverpool)
Mr. Thomas Pearce "Sub Insp. of Sch" (by Brombarnes & Bell, 31 Bold St., Liverpool)
Mrs. Emily Jinks nee Turner. "Headmistress of Hungerford Girls' School from Jan. 1872 to Sept. 1876" (by E. Dann & Son, Brighton Rd. Redhill)
Mrs. Caroline Grimes nee Tubb (by George Frost, Alton , Hants.)
Miss Louisa Wilken (by Augustus, W. Wilson & Co. Dalston Lane, Kingsland, N)
Miss Agnes Wilken (by Augustus, W. Wilson & Co. Dalston Lane, Kingsland, N)
Lady, photo not named (by )homas Bromwich
Mr. W. Cresswell (by J. Summers 110 St. Aldates, Oxford)
Miss Mitchell (by Sam Hawkes High St., Hungerford)
Miss Bertha Tubb (by Sam Hawkes High St., Hungerford)
Miss Edith Andrews (by C. Hawkes, Newbury)
Miss Maud Andrews (by Geo. E. Stone, 25 Faringdon St., Swindon)
Barbara Hope wrote: "Miss Edith Andrews and Miss Maud Andrews. These may have belonged to an earlier generation of the Andrews who ran the town mill and lived in the house by the John of Gaunt which had a lovely garden running down to the Boarden Carriage. My father’s generation, he was born 1865-1940. They were:-
A Mr George Andrews ran the mill and lived with two unmarried sisters, Kate and Ethel. He had two other sisters Mrs McKerlie and Mrs Davidson. These two sisters married in the 1890s? two young Scotsmen who had come from Scotland to start a veterinary practice in the High Street.
Mr McKerlie was the first person in Hungerford to own a car and he lived in the same house until his death after the Second World War.
Mr & Mrs McKerlie had two daughters and Mr & Mrs Davidson had two sons. Mr Davidson left his wife soon after their birth and went to Canada and out of their lives.
Mr George Andrews, late and Ethel, gave Mrs Davidson and her boys a home where they grew up and were educated at Newbury Grammar School. She always thought the two boys couldn’t have had a very happy childhood.
Aunt Kate ran the house and to say the least(!) she had a very sharp tongue. Her sister Ether married before the First World War Harvey Bishop and he and his brother farmed (what is now Lord Howard de Walden’s farm) a pleasant looking farmhouse between the old Hungerford Park gates and the Railway.
Both the Davidson boys, Ian and Kenneth, were lucky to survive the First World War. Kenneth staying in the army and rising to the rank of Major General.
Ian took up some profession and left Hungerford."
Mr. Tom Rosier (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Mrs. John Winkworth nee Chapman (by E. Kelley Newton Abbott,)
Mr. John Winkworth (by W. Bartier, Poplar E.)
Mr. W. Reeson (by H. Hemmins, Victoria St., Swindon)
Miss Crossley (by C. Hawkins, Brighton & Bath)
Mr. George Jones (by J.T. Starling, Frogmoor Gdns High Wycombe)
Barbara Hope wrote: "Mr Tom Rosier. There were a lot of Rosiers, one with a smallholding on the south side of Church Street, now covered with the old peoples’ homes.
Another lived in Everland Road. His meadows (now covered with factories) adjoining our meadow. His little white house engulfed with other buildings."
Mr. Stanley King (by Rees & Pitcher, 298 Clapham Rd., London)
Miss L. Piggott (by C. Hawkes, Northbrook St. Newbury)
Miss E. Taylor (by G.W. Secretan 210a Tufnell Park Rd.)
Lawrence J. Newhook (by S. Hawkes HS, H'ford)
Mr. John Orchard (by W. Smith Leeds)
Mrs. J. Neale (by S. Hawkes, H'ford)
"Rachel Miller" - presumably her maiden name
Barbara Hope wrote: "Miss L Piggot. There were two misses Piggot. I remember them (two spinster ladies) great church workers and I think daughters or sisters of clergymen. My mother liked them very much and we often walked home with them after church on Sunday mornings.
I can’t remember where they lived but in the early 1920s they left Hungerford and went to live in Newbury."
Philip J. Sampson (by Houlton Bros, Oakleigh Villa Park St, Trowbridge signed "Yours very sincerely")
Mr. J. Richens (by S. Hawkes H'ford)
Mr. Burt Henry (by W.Salmon, 77 High St. Winchester)
Mr. Joseph Neale (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Mr. H. Neale (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Mr. W. Tubb (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Top Row Mr. J. King J.W. Righton, Newbury
Mr. R. Middleton (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Mr. William Buxey J.W. Righton Newbury
Mr.George Hunt (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Miss Woolford (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Miss Pinfold (by W.C. Harvey 124 High Street, S Gosport)
Mr. T.F. Horne (by Theo Curry, 3 Goswell Place, London Road, Newbury)
Miss E. Watmore (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Miss Hetty K. Hawkes (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Miss Kate A. Miller (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Miss Letitia M.Taylor (by E.J. Gearing & Sons, 52 Regent Street, London)
Edith Taylor (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
W. G. Taylor (Junr.) October 12th 1894
Barbara Hope wrote: "Miss Leticia Taylor. May have been a relation of Taylor’s the chemist in Bridge Street opposite the War Memorial. I remember two generations and old Mr Taylor of my childhood and his son Mr F Taylor who ran the shop into the 1920s."
Miss L.R. Austin (by C. Hawkes (s or ?r), Newbury)
Miss Alice E. Winkworth October 1894 (by C. Hawkes (s or ?r), Newbury)
James Newhook (by C. Hawkes)
M.E. Newhook (=?Mrs.James Newhook) (by C. Hawkes)
Barbara Hope wrote: "The Newhooks. This was the headmaster and his wife, and they lived in the handy schoolhouse (now Cameo hairdressers). They had two children, a boy and a girl, Bob and Maggie. Neither of whom married, but were universally popular, Maggie especially was very pleasant she also was a VAD at the hospital."
J.B. Parsloe (by C. Hawkes, Newbury)
?Clements (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Miss Elizabeth Fruen (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Miss Louie Piggott (by C. Hawkes, Newbury, March 1890)
Miss Gertrude Higgs (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Miss Phebe Rosier (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Barbara Hope wrote: "Miss Elizabeth Fruen was perhaps Mr Fruen's sister. He was Constable 1889-1893. I remember his well, a very nice little man who kept a very good china shop in Bridge Street, where the picture shop is now. He was also churchwarden and undertaker.
In the days that I can remember up to 1914 there were no motor hearses here and Mr Fruen had a trolley on which the coffin was laid with two men each side to wheel it, often from the service at St Lawrences to the cemetery at St Saviour’s.
I can remember my father saying to my mother “Tell the housemaid to draw down all the blinds” (more blinds than curtains in those days) ain the front of the house as a mark of respect when the funeral went by. I think this continues up to 1914.
[Note – a digression] The other churchwarden at St Lawrence’s was Mr Kimber, who lived at Undy’s Farm and delivered milk to many townspeople. He had a large float with full milk churns and when calling on us his horse stood quietly by College House as he walked down to our front door carrying a large milk container having measures hanging round it – quart, pint etc. The cook brought the jugs to the front door and he leisurely measured out the required amount while clous of dust blew mainly off the bridge covering it all! The roads were not macadamised. I don’t suppose the cows had been tested for tuberculosis."
Emily C. Winkworth (by C. Hawkes, Newbury)
Miss Martha Hunter Earle (by J.A.Laller, Wallingford)
Miss Kate Major (by Wm G. Honey, High Street, Devizes)
Mrs. Kate ?Freenish (?spelling)
Miss F. Buxey (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Miss Frampton (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Barbara Hope wrote: "Miss Martha Earle. I should think must be one of the family of Earle’s who had an ironmonger’s and workshops from Farringdon House up to where the new Post Office was built in 1914. I can remember Mr Earle in retrospect like a character out of Dickens - always helpful and pleasant even to children."
Miss Annie M. Pike (by C. Hawkes, Newbury)
Miss Annie Gibbons (by Gregory, Marlborough)
Mrs. Denning (by C. Hawkes, Newbury)
Miss Edith Winsor (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Miss A. Mey (?spelling) (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Miss King (by Porter, New Road, Chippenham)
Barbara Hope wrote: "Mrs Denning. This is possibly the wife of the Rev Denning who lived in 4 Parsonage Lane, since enlarged. They ran a small school for boys, mainly coaching I think and had three children – two boys and one girl. The Rev Denning was a very keen and good cricketer, and in his time before the First World War he ran a Hungerford Cricket Club. There was a club house, now long gone, and cricket pitch on what we then called “The New Common”. Both the sons, Tom and Bob Denning, were good cricketers and Irene, the daughter, was their official scorer.
Mr Denning was a part Curate of the parish, not taking many services in St Lawrence’s but was responsible for the services every Sunday at the workhouse, Hungerford Newtown and a chapel (so-called) at Denford.
He did all this on his bicycle, which is worth mentioning as it was a very high one with two crossbars. He was a small, rather tubby man and to get on he stepped on a small spoke coming out the back wheel and reaching over the saddle to the handlebars. He pushed off, leapt onto the saddle, and way he went! I watched often with delight."
Mr. Munday (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Miss Palmer (by Arthur Lewis, Birmingham & Reading)
Miss Deadman (by Marsh Bros., Henley on Thames (tinted))
Mr. F. Bates (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Mrs. Hedderley nee Bance (by Alfred Eustace, 98 Oxford Road, Reading)
Mr.& Mrs. John Bell (by C. Hawkes, Newbury)
Rev. J. Lambourne (by Walter Luck, Tunbridge Wells)
Mr. William Winkworth & Family (by Hellis & Sons, Head Studios, 211 & 213 Regent Street, London)
Barbara Hope wrote: "The Winkworth family. The only ones I remember were two sisters who lived in Eddington. One ran the shop on the corner as one turned left from the Eddington Road into the now access road to the M4. One of the sisters taught first in the old school in the High Street and then the one in Fairview Road. I can remember her for years and years walking over the canal bridge early every morning and back again in the evening. I think she was still teaching into the 1950s!"
Miss Hodgetts with her violin (by C. Hawkes, Newbury)
Miss M.A. Platt (by William Salmon, London Street, Reading)
Barbara Hope wrote: "Miss M A Platt. I should think this must be one of Mr Platt the Brewer’s relations. Mr John Platt, who was the brewer during the 1870s and 1880s and lived at one time at Willow Lodge (now The Limes). His two boys Barron and George were the same age as my father and they were great friends. They kept a little boat on their bank to cross the canal and save going round by the road. Barron Platt died in his 20s of consumption, but George moved to the Manor House and then to The Priory, now owned by the Rural District Council.
The brewery was run by him until it closed in 19??.
He had four daughters, no sons. The second daughter was Marjorie."
Miss Kate E. Hill (by C. Hawkes, Newbury)
Mr. Ernest Hill (by The Artists Association, 238 Tottenham Court Road)
Mr George Wren
Mr. Phillip Winchcombe (by Alec Betts, Prospect, Swindon)
Barbara Hope wrote: "Mr George Wren. I can even recognise this as he was the owner of the very good ironmonger’s shop later Nicol’s and then Good’s and was a very imposing figure and nice man."
Mr. H. Hawkes
Mr. William E. Stephens (by W.V.Amey, 258 Commercial Road, Landport, Portsmouth)
Miss Philips (by C. Hawkes, Newbury)
Rev. Hawkins (by Charles Gillman & Co., Oxford)
Jessie C.Hawkins (by W. Blackall, 33 Cornmarket Street, Oxford)
Pages 28, 29 & 30
Have no photographs
Miss Annie Blake (August 1894, nurses uniform) (by Anthony Tyler, 21 High Street, Stratford on Avon)
Miss A. Dimont (by J.W. Righton, Newbury)
Barbara Hope wrote: "Miss Annie Blake: She may have been some relation of Mr Blake’s saddler’s shop, now the Jarrett’s gift shop."
Miss Hattie Sheppard
Miss J.B. Base (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
J.?M.Wooldridge (by Alfred A. Upton, Gem Studio, 59 Paddington)
Beatrice M. Wooldridge (by W.G.Parker & Co., 288 High Holborn, London)
Barbara Hope wrote: "The Wooldridge family, who were the main Hungerford builders, and very good ones, lived where Mr Blakeway does now and as you know his building yards were what is now Canal Walk including a lovely garden. Mr memories of them are of course of this century, but I heard my father say John, the second son (Tom the eldest having gone to Australia) gave up the idea of a career?? When his father died to carry on the business and look after his mother and four sisters, the eldest being Janie who was Commandant of the Red Cross Hospital in the old school (National School, High Street) during the latter part of the First World War.
Janie and Beatrice (the youngest) never married, Beatrice being a very sweet person, Janie rather awe-inspiring to the young.
The other two sisters married one to an official in the Danish Royal Court and the other to a Mr Wilson of London. They had all had very good educations and were very pleasant friends of my parents. Neither of the sons married."
Georgie Hutchins (by C. Hawkes, Newbury)
Misses Beard (by Church & Hutchins)
Barbara Hope wrote: "Georgie Hutchins must, I think, have been the wife of the butcher Mr Hutchins, who had a big and I think the most important butchers shop in Hungerford, where now the Co-op is ??
I remember being told how my grandmother went to see her and a new baby in 1862 and when the mother said she had not yet decided what to call her, my grandmother said immediately “Bridget of course”, the town railway bridge having just been completed! So Bridget she was."
Randall Family: (by S. Hawkes, Hungerford)
Mr William Randall, Misses Eliza, Lucy, Elizabeth, Louisa & Martha
Misses Clements (W. & J. Stuart, 47 & 49 Newtown, Brompton Road)
Barbara Hope wrote: "Misses Clements. These may have been relations of Mr Clements the clock and watch maker. I can remember him and his shop first I think in the High Street and then he went to Mr Parsons' shop in Bridge Street by the river Dunn.
There was a very sad tragedy when Mr Parsons the photographer lived there. One of his little children fell into the fast-flowing river Dunn and was drowned, about 1910-1912. Mrs Parsons was so broken down by the tragedy that they moved up to the High Street to a house (now a bank). It may have been Mr Clements shop and they changed houses, but I’m not sure. We were all very upset by the tragedy."
E.A. Beard (by C. Hawkes, Newbury)
Lady not named (by Alfred Ellis, 20 Upper Baker Street, London)
Barbara Hope wrote: "E A Beard. Must, I should think, have been one of the Beard family who lived in Bridge Street. I can’t remember much about them but I think they were an old Hungerford family."