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Edie and Eddie Turner in the garden of Gibby's Cottage soon after they moved in.
"Edie" and "Eddie" Turner in the garden of Gibby's Cottage soon after they moved in.
 
 
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1871 census of England Ifield
1871 census of England Ifield
Showing Thomas Tidy,Charlotte and family at the Gate Inn,Ifield. William is already a nurseryman. Thomas Tidy also used the surname Wales from time to time and some of his children were registered under one surname but christened under another.  
 
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1891 census page
1891 census page
This shows Thomas Wales/Tidy living with his daughter and son in law in 1891. Thomas is thought to have been born as a Wales but 1871 he gave his name as Tidy.By 1881 he had changed the family name to Wales again. The reason is not yet known 
 
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18th Century Map of Sussex
18th Century Map of Sussex
 
 
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A view of Bluntisham looking from the end of the village towards the St Ives Road and the thirteenth century St Mary's Church.
A view of Bluntisham looking from the end of the village towards the St Ives Road and the thirteenth century St Mary's Church.
 
 
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Bluntisham Chapel as it is today
Bluntisham Chapel as it is today
 
 
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Bluntisham Chapel in the 1940s
Bluntisham Chapel in the 1940s
The Reverend Kirby and his family(and Pat) lived next door to the Chapel at The Manse.  
 
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Bluntisham High Street.
Bluntisham High Street.
Pat Turner was evacuated to Bluntisham about May 1942 at the end of the blitz and stayed with the Rev Kirby and his family at the Manse.She returned home about a year later and went back,with Rosalie, just after the V2 rocket attacks
re-commenced. At the time of the second evacuation they stayed with their grandmother who had been in the village throughout the war.While they were in Bluntisham in 1945 their parents sold the Beckenham house and moved to East Malling. 
 
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Braywick Grove-birthplace of Edith Alice Tidy
Braywick Grove-birthplace of Edith Alice Tidy
Alfred and Alice Tidy were in service with the Samuelson family who lived at Braywick Grove when Edith Tidy was born in 1905 
 
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Church Walk, East Malling looking towards the church of St James the Great.
Church Walk, East Malling looking towards the church of St James the Great.
The picture shows the green on the left and the entrance to the tea room of the East Malling Stores on the right. The stream that ran through the garden of the Stores emerged under a boundary wall at the side of this road and a protective railing had been erected to prevent church goers falling in. This was a favourite place for Rosalie Turner as she would liked to sit on the rail,grasping it tightly and swing herself upside down and up the other side.

The Stores is now the Nasima Tandoori Indian Restaurant 
 
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Cliveden,Taplow
Cliveden,Taplow
Cliveden,where Alfred Tidy was Head Gardener before his marriage. Alfred was grandfather to Rosalie and Pat Turner 
 
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Cobham Park where Edith Tidy lived from about the age of five
Cobham Park where Edith Tidy lived from about the age of five
 
 
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The Morrison Shelter-1941 cartoon
The Morrison Shelter-1941 cartoon
The Turner family had an indoor Morrison Shelter in their dining room. It replaced the dining table and was used for Pat & Rosalie to sleep in during nights when the outdoor shelter was not used. They hated sleeping in the same bed and had their bed "territories" divided by a long bolster!
The Morrison Shelters saved many lives and was named after Herbert Morrison. 
 
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Theodore
Theodore
Theodore Tidy- son of Moses Tidy 
 
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Wedding
Wedding
An informal picture of the wedding of William Turner and Edith Tidy. Left to right-Dorothy Abbott,Leslie Turner,William Turner,Edith Tidy,May Turner,Alfred Tidy.Page Boy unknown 
 
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Wendy and Cuckoo
Wendy and Cuckoo
The two dogs owned by the Turners when they lived in Heathfield. Wendy Lou was a crossbred Cocker Spaniel x Retriever and Cuckoo was a mongrel bought by Pat at an auction in Maidstone Market for 5/-.
 
 
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William Edward and Edith
William Edward and Edith
William Turner and Edith Turner nee Tidy on holiday in Bognor 
 
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Wood End,Bluntisham
Wood End,Bluntisham
The house on the left is where Alice Tidy nee Fletcher stayed when she first went to Bluntisham in 1940. 
 
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WW2 Cookery Book
WW2 Cookery Book
Housewives were encouraged to make meals from very little and to prepare substitutes for foods that were scarce. Edith used to make up a dessert from Cremola and call it "Rice Cream". She made mock bananas from parsnips and banana flavouring and "tinned" pears from fresh pears boiled in lemonade.  
 
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Part of the shop on the corner of Church Walk and the High Street in East Malling Kent.
Part of the shop on the corner of Church Walk and the High Street in East Malling Kent.
A view of the shop once run by Eddie and Edie Turner. This is the view looking down Mill Street towards St James Church.The section of shop premises shown is now a Tandoori House but was then the grocery,greengrocery and confectionary section with the tearoom entrance in Church walk to the left hand side of the picture and the library,drapery proprietary medicines and toy section out of sight in the High Street.  
 
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Pat aged 7
Pat aged 7
Pat Turner at age 7 
 
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Pat at Bolling Hall,Yorkshire with friend Margot
Pat at Bolling Hall,Yorkshire with friend Margot
Pat Turner at Bolling Hall, Bradford,Yorkshire 
 
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Postcard of Gibby's Cottage in the early 1960s
Postcard of Gibby's Cottage in the early 1960s
 
 
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Poster in buses,trams and trains in 1941
Poster in buses,trams and trains in 1941
 
 
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Reporting the blitz
Reporting the blitz
Luckily Beckenham was a few miles away from the scene described but Pat Turner remembers watching the terrible fires as they lit up the whole skyline.
The family watched from the window from where they had watched the Crystal Palace fire some years before.Then they realised that they had better go down to the shelter.
 
 
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Rosalie
Rosalie
Rosalie Turner in the garden at East Malling soon after the Second World War. 
 
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Rosalie and Jim
Rosalie and Jim
The Kays-Rosalie Kay nee Turner and Jim Kay 
 
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Rosalie and Pat
Rosalie and Pat
Rosalie and Pat Turner with Pat's flatmate and friends in Morfa Nevin abt 1957 
 
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Rosalie at Oldholbans with her goats
Rosalie at Oldholbans with her goats
Rosalie Kay nee Turner with her goats at Oldholbans Park Cottage  
 
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Roz with Steelcross Muscari
Roz with Steelcross Muscari
Hayley the Pointer with Rosalie Kay nee Turner 
 
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Shelter Regulations
Shelter Regulations
 
 
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St Denys Church,Rotherfield,Sussex
St Denys Church,Rotherfield,Sussex
St Denys Church where Charlotte Barnes and her sister Naomi were christened on 21st December 1831. The original shingle covered spire was destroyed in the hurricane of 1987. 
 
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St Michael's Church,Bray
St Michael's Church,Bray
Church where Edith Tidy was christened.  
 
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Stanmore Hall,Middlesex where William Tidy was Head Gardener
Stanmore Hall,Middlesex where William Tidy was Head Gardener
William Tidy was great grandfather to Rosalie and Pat Turner 
 
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Steelcross Mirage
Steelcross Mirage
One of the English setters bred by Roz and Nick Kay. 
 
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Sung by Richard Tauber
Sung by Richard Tauber
Richard Tauber was Edie's favourite singer 
 
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That Naughty Waltz
That Naughty Waltz
This was Edith's party piece and as well as accompanying William Edward Turner she would play this as a solo. 
 
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That Naughty Waltz
That Naughty Waltz
Edie's piano party piece 
 
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The aftermath of a doodlebug
The aftermath of a "doodlebug"
Beckenham suffered badly from the German V1 flying bombs during the summer of 1944.Many people were killed and houses were reduced to rubble. 
 
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The Auxillery Fire Service
The Auxillery Fire Service
There was a station for the wartime Auxillery Fire Service (AFS) just up the road from the house in Beckenham. 
 
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The Charleston
The Charleston
A very popular dance in the 1920s and danced by Edith Tidy at the weekly dances held at the Chelsea Town Hall. 
 
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The church of St Sepulchre,Holborn Viaduct
The church of St Sepulchre,Holborn Viaduct
St Sepulchre-without-Newgate,usually known as St Sepulchre is the church where Thomas Tidy Wales and Charlotte Barnes were married on 9th July 1849. It is the largest church in the city of London. Built around 1450, it was badly damaged in the Great Fire and was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren in 1670-1. The historic tower holds the 12 bells of Old Bailey that were restored in 1985. They had been there since 1739,.
The St Sepulchre bells are one of the "Cockney bells" of London, named in the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons as the "bells of Old Bailey".
 
 
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The Daily Herald front page in November 1944
The Daily Herald front page in November 1944
On 10th November 1944 Churchill announced "We are under attack again" and the press were able to give details of the renewed attacks by V1 flying bombs 
 
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The execution handbell of St Sepulchre rhyme
The execution handbell of St Sepulchre rhyme
Traditionally, the great bell of St Sepulchre would be rung to mark the execution of a prisoner at the nearby gallows at Newgate. The clerk of St Sepulchre's was also responsible for ringing a handbell outside the condemned man's cell in Newgate Prison to inform him of his impending execution. This handbell, known as the Execution Bell, now resides in a glass case to the south of the nave.  
 
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The Gate Inn at Ifield,Nr Horsham,Sussex
The Gate Inn at Ifield,Nr Horsham,Sussex
The Gate Inn at Ifield where Thomas Tidy Wales and Charlotte lived and worked with their family. 
 
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Instructions for a Safe Room about 1938
Instructions for a "Safe Room" about 1938
 
 
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Katie's first puppy
Katie's first puppy
John & Pat owned an Italian Greyhound "Katie".This was Katie's first puppy. 
 
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Kevin 2005
Kevin 2005
 
 
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Kevin and Karen on their wedding day
Kevin and Karen on their wedding day
 
 
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Lesson in the air raid shelter
Lesson in the air raid shelter
Pat's school in Beckenham often held lessons in the air raid shelters during the second world war.  
 

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