Saturday, July 02, 2011

Deborah Priest & Joan Johnson (sisters) | Memories of Shrubland Hall

An archived post from the (now-defunct) Shrubland Revisited website... 

Our great aunt Alice Horton was married to Alfred Horton who was a game keeper on the Shrubland Estate and we believe she was a house keeper there also.  She lived in one of the lodges until she died age 106 years. We visited her there as children around the mid 60s to 70s with our father Russell Clark her nephew.  We have some pictures of the lodge and grounds although we never went into the Hall.  Would be interested if anyone remembers her?

Comments from the Shrubland Revisted website:
George Forsdike says:
August 14, 2010 at 6:08 pm
Hi Deborah and Joan
When my wife and I moved to Shrubland in 1950 I remember a Mrs Horton who was the cook, maybe cook/housekeeper. She was a widow and I remember a man named Horton being mentioned in conversation, I thought he was a previous head gardener, I can’t get in touch at the moment with the person who maybe able to tell me. The Mrs Horton I knew, I believe she died at the age of 100+ in a nursing home in Stowmarket.
George Forsdike

Deborah says:
August 15, 2010 at 11:34 am
Hello George, thank you so much for your response re our great aunt Alice. I’m sure this is probably the same Mr and Mrs Horton, we only have vague info regards their jobs etc as we were only young adults when visiting The Lodge where Alice lived. We will check out the extra info supplied by you and try and add an update shortly. We will also upload a photo or two once we find them too. Thank you once again, so very interesting.

Colin says:
May 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm
I used to visit my Great Aunt Alice in the 70s with my Parents. Of which my mum Hilda Simmonds was her niece. Daisy Simmonds being a sister to Alice and Hilda’s mother.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous5:05 am

    Hi There, I am tracing my ancestors and believe George Thurlow was also a gamekeeper at Shrubland but in 1881. Wondering where I might look for any documents from those days which might list the staff? Sometimes families donate their 'papers' to universities or other repositories - any hints where I might look?