Groombridge was the surname of a branch of my family. They weren’t ancestors, just relations.

Jane Bertha Ware was a sister of my great grandfather Ware. She was born in 1876 and married Isaac Groombridge in 1893.

In 1901 the Groombridges had three children, William, Ethel and Fred. Isaac was an under gardener and the family lived at Priory Walk in Tonbridge. This area was home to quite a lot of relatives of mine.

In 1911 Isaac was a domestic gardener and lived at The Lodge, Quarry Hill House in Tonbridge. Three more children had been born – Ellen, Winfred and Isaac. Isaac died in 1912

A male Groombridge was born in 1913. He didn’t survive the year.

I know that Isaac and Jane’s oldest child, William, married Alfreda Mitchell and they had a son called Les. He was born in 1919


There we see William, Les and Alfreda.

Les in his turn married Kitty and I know of two sons, Gordon and Roger. I’d love to hear from them.

I have a photo of Isaac and Jane’s eldest daughter, Ethel Jane.


She married Ernest or Edward Larkin in 1923. They had a couple of daughters..

I haven’t traced the other children of Isaac and Jane. It probably means there’s a whole collection of Groombridge descendants out there somewhere.

I’d love to hear from them.


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