Posts Tagged ‘1925’

Visiting Kew again

March 8, 2016

Yes it is time to visit Kew again, courtesy of a 2016 calendar. This time it is March and potential visitors are being persuaded that this will be blossom time.


Oh! Of course visitors are encouraged to get there by London Underground District Railway to Kew Garden Stations.

This poster is by Freda Lingstrom and dates from 1925.

I have to confess that visits I have made to Kew Gardens have been by car although I know South West London based relatives went there by train the other day. But then they are of an age to benefit from the Londoner’s free ticket, not just on buses but on trains as well.

My last visit was in May 2014 where I snapped a shot of this unknown lady.


Now that looks relaxed!

Four Fisher men

November 14, 2013

Meet the ancestors.

Today we have a four in one ‘meet the ancestors’ page. These are ancestors of my wife and they have the surname Fisher

Four generations of Fisher men

Four generations of Fisher men

On the left we have James Fisher who had the nickname of Feathers. James was born in 1845 in Gawsworth in Cheshire. In 1863 he married Maria Mottershead and the couple went on to have five children. James became a member of the Manchester Police Force. He rose to the rank of Inspector before retiring, back to Gawsworth. In 1911 he styled himself a farmer. He lived until 1927, two years after this photo was taken.

On the right hand side we have James’s son, Abraham Rathbone Fisher – and what a boon that middle name of Rathbone was when researching the family. Abraham Rathbone Fisher sounds like a posh name, but it seems Abraham, nominally a postman, liked the insides of pubs. He was born in 1871 and married Mary Ann Robinson in 1893. They had three children.

One of his sons, James (again), is sitting in the middle.

James was my wife’s grandfather and he was born in 1893. In 1911 he was a draper’s assistant, but The First World War came along  – a war he came through with some distinction. He married Doris Shaw in 1921 and in 1923 they had Douglas, the little lad on his knee in the photo.

Douglas served with the RAF in World War two as a radio operator. He was my wife’s father. Sadly, he died much too young in the 1960s

Photos like this one help me to connect with the past. I knew both Douglas and his father, James. Here we see that they knew the older James, born in 1845, when Queen Victoria was still quite freshly on the throne. Somehow it brings me in contact with 1845 – not that James would have remembered that year. Maybe, though, he visited the Great Exhibition in 1851. The Fishers had a small farm so may have been able to afford a trip to such a special event.