Wordless Wednesday – Joy’s 21st Birthday 21st June 1942

 

Today would have been my Great-Aunt Joy’s 96th birthday so I thought I’d share some photos from her 21st birthday in 1942.

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Joy with her parents – Clarence Bucknall & Isabella nee Pyne

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L-R Clarence Bucknall, Joy Bucknall, Isabella Pyne, Isabella Brown (seated), unknown, unknown, Harry Pyne

Wordless Wednesday – People

A few more people from Great-Aunt Joy’s photo albums. I’d be very grateful for any information on the people in these photos as I am only able to identify a few of them myself.

 

Eric ? East Africa 1943
Frank ? Cairo 1942
George ? 1943

 

George ? and Frank ? Cyprus 1944

 

Kingy
Leslie ? Nov. 1940
Mr. Grice. Royal Observer Corps

 

Freda ? 1948
Maidie J Bucknall & Pam ? 1942

 

Mr. Rench’s wedding. St. Swithun’s Church, Bournemouth. 19th July 1939

I believe this is the wedding of Basil A. Rench (born 30th November 1913) and Patricia E. Slade. I found Basil in the 1939 Register on Find My Past. On that particular night (29th September) he was on duty with the Poole AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service) on Bournemouth Road. His usual occupation was an estate agent. I’ve been unable to find Patricia on the register.

Wordless Wednesday – Great Aunt Joy’s Albums.

Another handful of photos from Great Aunt Joy’s albums. These date from around 1938-1939.

 

Baby Joy & Chummy
Derek (aged 6) & Margaret (aged 4)

 

Bubbles at Lulworth Cove 1939
Two Joys at Lulworth
Little Moira Holland aged 2

 

Margaret & Mrs Tatham

Thankful Thursday

I’m very thankful for a large parcel that arrived one day last week.
I’ve posted before about my Great Aunt Joy who emigrated to Australia – she gave me a Nottingham lace bedspread some years ago, which was designed by her Grandfather William Bucknall.
Sadly Auntie Joy passed away in July last year at the grand age of 90. She and her husband, Don, my grandmother’s brother, had enjoyed a fantastic life in Australia, making many new friends along the way.
It was one of these friends that was kind enough to send me today’s parcel which contains Joy & Don’s photo albums.
I’m over the moon to receive them, especially as they all seem to be dated and labelled with both names and places.
I’m intending to scan the most relevant ones and share them with the rest of the family (whether they like it or not!) via Dropbox.

Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace Part II

Following on from my last post which mentioned my heirloom Nottingham lace bedspread, I have managed to find out a little more about William Bucknall, the man who designed it.

The son of William Bucknall and Henrietta Litchfield, William Jnr was born in Radford, Nottingham in 1861. Both his father William Snr and his paternal grandfather George were lacemakers from Beeston.

William Jnr’s early years were spent in Radford, first on Fairfield Street, then Highhurst Street and then on to Denman Street.

On the 18th September 1884 William Jnr married Ann Elizabeth Gell at the Tennyson Street Methodist Chapel in Nottingham and they began their married life at 24 Radford Boulevard later moving to no. 114. By this time William was employed as a lace draughtsman.

They had two children, Clarence William born 4th June 1885 and Annie Louisa Lillian born 19th July 1887. Both children were baptised at the Deligne (or De Ligne) Street Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, which was quite close to Canning Circus in Nottingham.

 

Over the following years the family lived at Berridge Road, Lenton Boulevard and Gregory Avenue; all in Nottingham.

According to my Great Aunt Joy, who is Clarence’s daughter, William worked at the Flersheim lace factory in the Lace Market from around 1891 until his retirement in 1928. Looking back through the various Nottingham directories, I found William listed as a lace draughtsman between 1891 and 1901.

Between 1910 and 1928 he worked a a lace designer. Joy can recall being told that one of his designs, which may or may not have been the bedspread, was displayed at either a London department store or at a large London exhibition. I haven’t yet been able to locate this.

Their last address was 74 Lenton Boulevard, where William’s wife, Annie, died on the 14th March 1935 and William himself died on the 14th September 1937.

Flersheim’s factory eventually closed on 25th July 1964 and was demolished to make way for a new ring road.

 

Joy inherited the lace bedspread and took it to Australia with her when she emigrated with her husband, Don Jowett, in the 1960s. A few years ago she very kindly offered it to me and it travelled back to England, where it is now being carefully looked after.




Picture Credit Denman St; Picture The Past
Picture Credit Radford Blvd; Google Street View
Picture Credit Deligne St; Nottstalgia
Picture Credit Lenton Blvd; Google Street View

Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace

Last week I attended an event at Debbie Bryan’s shop in the Lace Market area of Nottingham. Called Communities Interrupted – Preserving Oral Histories of Laceworkers, it was an opportunity to record memories of lace workers & share family stories.
I took along the beautiful Nottingham lace bedspread, which had been passed on to me by my Great Aunt Joy. The bedspread is around 100 years old now and was made from a design by Joy’s grandfather,William Bucknall who worked for Fleirsheim & Co.
Everyone received a lovely warm welcome from Debbie and some rather delicious chocolate torte. The stories were fascinating to hear and were recorded by Nottingham Trent University for their archive.
The event was partly filmed by Notts TV for their evening news bulletin:
And it was also streamed live on YouTube; I’ve started the clip from just before the beginning of the discussion on my bedspread – please excuse the poor sound:
Apologies – the videos have since been made private for the members of the group.

 

I had confirmation that the bedspread was probably a one-off piece, designed for display, which is what Joy had thought and it may have been made on a raschel frame.

I’ve added some close-up photos of the bedspread. I think my next move will be to find out some more information on William Bucknall.