Your Fidgety Old Grandma (1934)

This wonderful letter recently arrived here at Special Branches. Whilst the lack of surnames means that we stand very little chance of ever identifying this lovely lady, we thought that this just simply had to be shared with you all.

Written from Elm Dene, Heath Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire on 20 August 1934:

Dear Grace & Gladis

I was very pleased to receive your nice card, and so glad you are both enjoying yourselves, but don’t go in any lonely places by yourselves, as you never know what rebels of men are lurking about, what rot you will say, but take good advice my dears. I expect there are a good many visitors at the sea-side places, Canterbury Cathedral is lovely inside. I and your Aunts have been into the town once and are going again to-day if it keeps fine, but the wind is blowing a gale this morning and it looks very stormy. To-morrow is your birthday dear Glad and we all wish you a very happy one and hope you may be spared with health and strength to see many more yet. I enclose a Postal order for 2/ which is all I can afford just now, but you shall have more in October when I get my money. I thought it would buy you a few sweets for both of you. I expect you felt quite an important young damsel going all the way by yourself. Your Uncle’s garden is looking very nice now it is full of flowers. I wrote to your dear Mother yesterday and asked her is she could not come down for a day as it would make a little change for her, I expect she misses you both very much. Mr & Mrs Baines next door have gone away for a week so we are very quiet, but it is a nice change from noisy Balham. I expect it is very pretty country all round where you are and I hope the weather will keep fine so that you can enjoy it. Goodbye dears for the present, I shall be very pleased with a few lines if you have time to write. Fondest love from us all to you both, trusting you are both well, mind and don’t put on anything damp.

Your ever loving fidgety old grandma LM xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Image

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4 Comments

    1. Appreciate your comments, Jon/Sue. I’ve checked the 1939 Register and I did find a Baines living on Heath Road (Rose M Baines, born in 1915 and living at number 80) although the records around that entry were officially closed so it didn’t lead me anywhere. There was also a family called Baines in the 1911 census at 181 Heath Road (Thomas Baines born 1877 and Sarah Baines born 1874). I’ll take a further look when I have the time. Hope you are well and sending my kindest regards for a great new year.

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