I wonder whether you would be interested in a
document from Cottingham -cum-Middleton and East Carlton.
It belonged to my neighbour in Ealing who
moved with my family to Hampshire in 1972. Her name was Lilian Sturman.
She was the younger daughter of Mr and Mrs John H Chamberlain, and she
died in 1973. I believe Mr Chamberlain may have been a pharmacist or
something similar. Lilian Sturman certainly had an elder sister named
Hilda who married, went to India to live, and had two sons, the elder of
whom died in the last war.
The document is displayed in a picture frame.
It is hand-written in a very neat script and says: We, the undersigned
members of the Parishes of Cottingham-cum-Middleton and East Carlton,
desire your acceptance of the gift which accompanies this letter as a
token of our appreciation of your many services rendered to the Parishes
during your long residence amongst us. With our best wishes for your
future happiness, We are, Yours faithfully,....... and lists the following
names: Adams, Adcock, Attenborough, Badger, Beecroft, Berry, Binley,
Bottrill, Bradshaw, Brawston, Bull, Burgess, Buswell, Cannam (I think),
Carter, Claypole, Coles, Cooper, Dexter, Farrall, Firth, Foster, Greenaway,
Hogan, Hobbs, Horsley, Jarman, Jarvis, Jeffery, Johnson, Jones, Lines,
Maydwell, Oliver, Panter, Peach, Perkins, Philpot, Plaskett, Reynolds,
Robinson, Rubie, Sharp, Shrive, Simpson, Spriggs, Stanger, Stapleton,
Tansley, Tilley, Jones. Both Robinson and Rubie are Reverends.
If you would like to see this document I would
be happy to send it to you. It would be interesting to know whether,
despite two world wars, any of the names are still extant in your parish.
16 June, 2005
This is really exciting and I
would love to have the letter you’re referring to on behalf of the
village. Three successive generations of John Chamberlains owned the local
grocer’s shop and post office in Church Street for many, many years. John
Henry Chamberlain was the third in line and was one of the village
Many of the family names
mentioned in the letter are still around in the village today –
particularly Sturmans, Tilleys, Tansleys, Claypoles, Perkins and Bradshaws.
I’m sure they’d all love to see the letter.
Thanks so much for getting in
16 June 2005
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