I’d like to introduce…

Edward George "Ted" Turner

Edward George Turner, known affectionately to his family and friends as Ted, was a kind hearted, gregarious, right jolly English gent, loved by all who knew him. He was born on the 27th of June 1911 at Blake Cottage, Horn Street in Winslow, Buckinghamshire, where his father was employed as head groom to Mr Gosling of Blake House.

And His Lovely Wife…

phyllis

Miss Phyllis Mary Collins, daughter of William Collins, publican of the George Inn in Winslow, which is where Ted met her one fateful day in the 1930s

Amanuensis Monday: Awdry Denchfield of Thornborough, Bucks

awdry denchfield will

When John Denchfield, maltster of North Marston, made his will in 1689, he instructed that his beloved wife Audrey was to receive food and lodging for three months following his death as, he rather cryptically noted,  she was otherwise well provided for.

Audrey’s own will, written 4 August 1704, a few months before her death, offers an explanation of how she was cared for after John’s death, and hints at who Audrey Denchfield was.

The Last Will & Testament of Awdry Denchfield made ye 4th day of Agust 1704

In the Name of God Amen I Awdry Denchfield of Thornborough in the County of

Bucks Willow being in sound & pfect mind & Memory though weak in Body——

praise be given to Almightly God do make & Ordaine this my present Last Will and —

Testament in manner & forme following (…more)