14 May 2017
My maternal family history is quite colourful; you may remember my astonishment at finding out recently that my great grandfather had a ‘second family’ in Ghana and that I was related to British TV personality Reggie Yates.
My paternal family history is much more straightforward, they were Sussex farming people. My father recently unearthed this photo dating back to about 1910 showing my great-grandmother and grandmother Alice (centre) outside their farmhouse, the lady on the right hand side was a neighbour. Violets Farm in Slinfold still stands in the form of a rather upmarket residence nowadays.
My grandmother went into service and worked as a maid at Field Place (birth place of the poet Shelley) where she subsequently met my grandfather who worked there as a groom. They married when he eventually returned from the Great War.