Lorna and Alfred Willson

Family photo June 1955
Family photo June 1955

Barton-on Sea

Outside the bay-window of “Peveril”, this family photograph includes Alfred and Lorna, Janet and Stephen standing, and Angus the baby in Grandma’s arms. The car belonged to Alf Dutton who appears in photographs on the same day.

Jan Steve Angus Nov 1955
Janet, Stephen, Angus Nov 1955. Ah… three happy siblings.

In many ways, from the Barton Clay on the wellies to Carlton Avenue or Grandma’s “Peveril” in Seacroft Avenue, Barton-on-Sea, this photograph represents our childhood. Jan in brownie uniform, Steve holding a football and Angus with binoculars and a long stick.

Janet, Stephen, Angus
Janet, Stephen, Angus

But let’s go back a few years…

Studland, Dorset

Lorna August 1948
Lorna, Studland, Dorset, August 1948


Alfred Willson, 1948
Alfred and Jan, January 1950
Alfred Willson with Janet Willson. January 1950
Lorna and Jan. January 1950
Lorna Willson and Janet Willson. January 1950

Mum commented recently that she was wearing a nice dress in the photo.

A super photo of Alfred Willson (my dad) striding down the road in London with two young women and it is dated 11 March 1950.
Mother says they were from the youth club.

Alfred Willson, March 1950
Alfred Willson
A young Alfred Willson, undated

The New Forest

As well as the Barton-on-Sea coast, the New Forest was and remains a significant part of our family life. This photo shows an interesting dynamic between this three at the time: Lorna Willson, Christine Wiltshire and Janet Willson.

Lorna, Jan and Chris July 1950
Lorna, Jan and Chris July 1950
Margaret and Christine Wilshire
Grandma and Chris August 1950. Note the car in the background.


Chris Wiltshire and Janet Willson by the pool at Patrosa, Bournemouth. David Oliver was a neighbour. These photos are beautifully composed.

Jan, Chris, David August 1950
Jan, Chris, David August 1950

Family holiday, Broadstairs, Kent

A lovely family holiday photo on The Jetty in Broadstairs… The Tartar Frigate pub in the background and Bleak House on the hill.

Jan, Steve, Lorna in Broadstairs 1953
Janet, Stephen, Lorna in Broadstairs, 1953

Whenever I mention we are going to Broadstairs, Mum tells me I went there before I was born!

Alfred, Steve and Jan. Broadstairs 1953
Alfred, Jan with doll and Steve sitting on Dobbin
Alfred Willson with Janet and Stephen – and Dobbin

The well-loved horse on wheels was called Dobbin, an important family character. Probably taken at Rosebank Avenue, Sudbury Hill.

Supply teacher at Ashley Primary School

Ashley Primary School
Ashley Primary School – Lorna is in the front row second from the left

The Headteacher is Mr Sachs and the man behind him is Mr Belcher, for whom Lorna did supply cover. Date estimated as 1958/9. Lorna would cycle to Ashley from Barton with Angus on the back and he would then sit at the front of the class.

Anne Howarth is also in this photograph, second from the right on the front row.

Alfred Charles Willson

Daddy Willson (1919 – 1956)

Alfred Willson – the reverse says “giving out at a charity do”, undated.
Alfred Willson, undated
Alfred Willson

The Electoral roll of 1949 shows Alfred Willson and Lorna Willson at 26 Wightman Road, South Haringey.
I was looking for photographs of Jean Clayden, Mother’s friend at Saffron Walden Training College. There is a Visitors’ Book for Wightman Road which clearly shows Jean Clayden’s signature on 7 January 1949 and, then, a housewarming party for Rosebank Avenue, on 9 June 1951. There is a further entry for a News Year Party 12 January 1952. On 9 November 1952 there is Jean’s signature, another which looks like G. E. Clayden and Wilfred C Clayden from the same address. There is an entry for a New Year Party on 9 January 1954.

The visitors book finishes in late 1955 as Alfed Willson became ill and died the following year. The story continues, of course, and there for the New Year parties is the signature of next-door-neighbour Peter Fermer.

Grandfather Alfred Willson and
Alice Rose Boughton

Alice Rose Boughton (1885-1951)
Alfred Willson (1834-1973)
There is family tree evidence for the Boughton family (parents and siblings) but very little for Alfred Willson besides the 1911 census and their marriage certificate in 1913 and paternal Grandfather Alfred’s death in 1968.

The Census of England and Wales, 1911
63 Charrington Street, Oakley Square London NW
John Willson, Head, 63, Married, Jobbing Builder, employer, birthplace St Pancras, London
Cecilia Willson, Wife, 65, Married, birthplace St George’s in the East, London
Alfred Willson, Son, 26, Single, Housepainter, worker, birthplace St Pancras, London (this is actually Alfred Charles Willson.)
Florence Mary Willson, Daughter, 23, Single, birthplace St Pancras, London

Census 1911

Marriage Certificate 16 August 1913
Old St Pauls in the Parish of Old St Pancras in the County of London
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Alfred Willson, 29, House Decorator, 63 Charrington Road, Father’s name: John Willson, House Decorator
Alice Rose Boughton, 28, 31 Winchester Street, Pentonville, Father’s name Charles Boughton, Warehouseman

Marriage 1913

The Census of England and Wales, 1911
Charles Boughton, Head, 53, Married, Warehouseman, Wholesale Clothiers, Worker
Louisa Boughton, Wife, 49, Married 29 years
Louisa Maude Boughton, Daughter, 28, Single, Shell Worker, Shell Factory
Alice Rose Boughton, Daughter, 26, Single, Upholsterers Embroidery
Florence Elizabeth Boughton, Daughter, 21, Single, Uphosterers Embroidery
Charles William Robert Boughton, Son, 20, Single, Tailors Trimmer, Ladies Tailors
Albert Boughton, Grandson, 2, birthplace London, Marylebone
(All others birthplace London, St Pancras)
Parent of Albert not identified.

Census 1911

The Census of England and Wales, 1939
161 Roseberry Gardens, Tottenham
Willson, Alfred, 30 April 1884, House Decorator
Willson, Alice R., 27 January 1885, Housewife
Willson, Alfred C, 6 September 1919, Stock Keeper, Optical Manufacturers

Census 1939

Emma Furr and Florence Ridley

Two of Alfred Willson’s sisters are shown to have lived under the same roof at the time of the 1939 Census.
Emma Catherine Willson (1880-1966
married 4 September 1908
William Thomas Furr (1883-1850)
Florence Mary Willson (1887-1963)
married 23 January 1915
Arthur Sidney Ridley 1886-1958)

The Census of England and Wales, 1939
20 West Ella Road
Ridley, Florence M., 9 July 1887, Unpaid Domestic Duties
“This record is officially closed”
Furr, William T., 18 May 1883, Motorman Electric Trains
Furr, Emma C., 18 October 1880, Unpaid Domestic Duties

The closed record usually means someone was still alive when the records were digitised. It is unlikely to be Arthur Sidney Ridley (1886-1950) as there is a census record for him at Twyford Lodge, Central Middlesex County Hospital, Acton Lane, London NW10.
Ridley, Arthur S., 12 April 1886, Foreign Order Clerk.

Census 1939

Next page suggested is
Lorna Fermer and Peter Fermer >

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