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   An album of photographs,documents and recordings of the activities of the Bassett Family of Sussex and their descendants.


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The Bassett Family of Sussex
The Bassett Family of Sussex
 
 
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ANCESTORS MOST WANTED
ANCESTORS MOST WANTED
 
 
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A Scintilla Foreign White cat
A Scintilla Foreign White cat
Pat Turner bred pedigree cats from about 1961 to 1992. She was interested in colour genetics and developed several new breeds and colour varieties during that time.The first of these was the Foreign White(White Siamese). 
 
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A V1 Flying Bombs- a doodlebug in flight
A V1 Flying Bombs- a "doodlebug" in flight
 
 
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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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Air Raid Wardens practising with the stirrup pump.
Air Raid Wardens practising with the stirrup pump.
William Edward Turner practised with his fellow wardens and his stirrup pump saved his house in Stanhope Road when an incendiary bomb landed on the roof. 
 
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Angela and Rodney 2005
Angela and Rodney 2005
Angela and Rodney Kay 
 
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Art School Days
Art School Days
Pat Turner in the Life Room at Maidstone School of Art.She shared a flat (room!) with Margaret Clarke who made this drawing. 
 
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Ashington Road
Ashington Road
Ashington Road where William Edward Turner and family lived in 1901 
 
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Auxiliary Fire Service engine leaving its station
Auxiliary Fire Service engine leaving its station
The AFS had a station at the top of Stanhope Grove and the sound of their clanging bells was heard repeatedly during the nights of the blitz 
 
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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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Bofors Gun
Bofors Gun
One of the anti-aircraft guns sited near to Stanhope Grove 
 
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Cartoon of Barrage Balloon
Cartoon of Barrage Balloon
Barrage Balloons were flying all around the Beckenham area and were a particular source of wonderment to Rosalie Turner who was about 4 years old 
 
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Champion Scintilla Apollo
Champion Scintilla Apollo
From the first Siamese litter Pat Turner bred in 1963 came Lilac Pointed Scintilla Apollo,later to become a Champion.He was owned by Mrs Dora Clarke 
 
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Christmas 1930 at Beckenham
Christmas 1930 at Beckenham
Amy Turner nee Bassett,William Edward Turner 1867-1938,May Turner and Edith Turner nee Tidy at 113 Stanhope Road,Beckenham.Christmas 1930 or 1931. 
 
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Christmas 1967
Christmas 1967
A Christmas Photograph taken at the home of Leslie and Marjorie Laurence's house in Hailsham,Sussex.
Left to right- Robert Stephenson,Claire Stephenson nee Pymont,Ada Stephenson nee Bassett,Shyama Laurence nee Peebles with Ada Stephenson's dog,Peter Stephenson,Madeleine Leach?,,Marjorie Laurence nee Bassett,Carl Stephenson 
 
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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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Convocation Day
Convocation Day
William Edward Turner 1902 with Pat at the Albert Hall after the award of her post graduate degree from the Royal College of Art in 1956 
 
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Crystal Palace on fire 1936
Crystal Palace on fire 1936
The Crystal Palace Fire in 1936.Alice Tidy nee Fletcher and her granddaughter Pat watched the fire from Alice's bedroom window in Stanhope Grove,Beckenham. 
 
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Dig For Victory
Dig For Victory
A WW2 Slogan encouraging householders to grow their own food and to keep small livestock. William Edward Turner took this slogan as his own and had an allottment and part of an absent neighbour's garden as well as his previously existing garden. He kept rabbits and chickens,grew his own vegetables and maintained a local collecting point for animal feeds to supply their neighbouring livestock keepers.Unfortunately his wife and daughters refused to eat the home reared chickens and rabbits when they came to the table. 
 
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East Sussex Champions again. 2007
East Sussex Champions again. 2007
Jamie Kay - at front,far right 
 
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Edith and Rosalie with Gibby
Edith and Rosalie with Gibby
Edith Turner nee Tidy with daughter Rosalie and Gibby the donkey at at Gibby's Cottage. 
 
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Edith with Pat,duck and chickens
Edith with Pat,duck and chickens
When householders were urged to grow their own food and keep small livestock William Edward Turnerbecame an enthusiastic smallholder with ducks,chickens and rabbits replacing the fancy pigeons and budgerigars he kept before the war. Unfortunately his wife Edith and his daughters treated them all as pets so that they were never knowingly eaten. 
 
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Family Party
Family Party
Picture taken about 1941.Back row from left- Leslie Laurence,Marjorie Laurence nee Bassett,Madeleine Hook nee Laurence,unknown gentleman.
Front Row from left- Greta Laurence nee Postlewaite,Henry Bassett holding Patricia Crowe,Katherine Highmore Laurence nee Horton,unknown lady. Boy sitting in front- Michael Bassett Laurence.  
 
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Flying Bombs on Beckenham
Flying Bombs on Beckenham
Pat and Rosalie Turner were too young to appreciate the danger posed by flying bombs and on an occasion when Pat was on a bus to visit the Odeon cinema in Beckenham she was astounded to see her mother cycling wildly behind the bus after her. This was because a flying bomb was overhead and the engine had just cut out.

Subsequently Pat and her friends developed a game where they would walk to Beckenham town centre via the road shelters en route to see how far they could get without being caught in the open when a doodlebug bug engine cut out.  
 
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Gas Mask Poster
Gas Mask Poster
These were to be seen everywhere the Turner family went in Beckenham and people carried their gas masks with them wherever they went.Rosalie was just old enough to escape the awful contraptions issued for babies under two but was given instead a peculiar affair with flippers at the nose. Both girls had smart "leather" cases for their masks and luminous false flower buttonholes to wear in the blackout.  
 
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Gibby's Cottage about 1963
Gibby's Cottage about 1963
Gibby's Cottage when the Turner's and their daughter Pat were marooned there by snow which drifted and at one time came near to the top of the groundfloor windows. 
 
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Glendarvon Street,Fulham
Glendarvon Street,Fulham
Where William Edward Turner senior, Amy,Ada,May,Leslie and William Edward Turner junior lived in 1911. 
 
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Greta Postlewaite
Greta Postlewaite
Greta was the scond wife of Henry Charles Bassett 
 
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Guarding the remains of a Doodlebug
Guarding the remains of a Doodlebug
A policeman guards the remains of one of the first doodlebugs to hit London. Beckenham was the home of the Turner family and suffered quite badly from Doodlebug attack. 
 
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Henry Charles Bassett
Henry Charles Bassett
Henry Charles Bassett(Harry) 
 
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Instructions for a Safe Room about 1938
Instructions for a "Safe Room" about 1938
 
 
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Kelly's Directory of 1867 -Chailey
Kelly's Directory of 1867 -Chailey
Showing Benjamin Bassett 1807 and Benjamin Bassett 1838. 
 
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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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Letter from Clementine Churchill (back)
Letter from Clementine Churchill (back)
At their Christmas Party in Beckenham in 1941 Edith dressed her daughters in grass skirts,stained their bodies brown and accompanied them on the piano while they danced to the tune of Oh By Jingo. After the performance a collection was taken for the "Aid to Russia" fund. This is the letter of thanks received by Clementine Churchill. 
 
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Letter from Clementine Churchill (front)
Letter from Clementine Churchill (front)
 
 
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Maidstone Museum,Library and School of Art as it was in the 1940s
Maidstone Museum,Library and School of Art as it was in the 1940s
Pat attended the Maidstone School of Art from 1948.  
 
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Make do and Mend Poster from the Second World War
Make do and Mend Poster from the Second World War
Housewives were encourage to mend clothes rather than replace them,to turn sheets "sides to middles" when they became worn and to generally use every scrap of material already owned rather than to buy new. Dorothy was expert at this and Pat and Rosalie received several wonderful new dresses made from the cuttings of dresses made for her shop "Janet's". 
 
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Marjorie Bassett
Marjorie Bassett
Marjorie Laurence nee Bassett taken about 1941 or 1942 
 
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Marjorie Laurence nee Bassett
Marjorie Laurence nee Bassett
Majorie Laurence in August 1967 
 
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May and Fred with Edie at East Malling
May and Fred with "Edie" at East Malling
 
 
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Michael Bassett Laurence
Michael Bassett Laurence
Michael Bassett Laurence (Mike) at about 6 years old 
 
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Mike and Shyama
Mike and Shyama
Michael and Shyama Laurence at Dandaragan,Western Australia soon after their arrival in August 1968. 
 
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Nicholas Kay
Nicholas Kay
 
 
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Nick with Steelcross Silhouette
Nick with Steelcross Silhouette
Nick Kay with Steelcross Silhouette(Lucy) a Sussex Spaniel 
 
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On holiday
On holiday
William Edward Turner,Edith Alice Turner nee Tidy,,Alice Tidy nee Fletcher and Pat Turner on holiday  
 

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