Updated 20 Sep 2007
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
Ann Grout writes:
I have scanned the 3 pages of Aunt Megs letter as I think it is more
authentic in the original writing. She was born in 1874 so would have
been about 57 when she was housekeeper at Chatsworth Hydro. I remember
her as a very bent little old lady living in a cottage at
Barton-Under-Needwood (near Burton on Trent). She spent a lot of her
life as a seamstress leaning over a sewing machine. She did not marry
and according to my mother was a lovely kind lady.
My best wishes Ann Grout
My Dear Doris & Tom
At last I am sending
Grandma's Cookery Book.
I am so busy I don't get
much letter writing time just now for we
are having the whole place re-wired.
We have been making our own Electricity
but are having when finished from
Derby. We have 110 Bedrooms besides
Then we are being
painted & papered so can hardly move
for workmen. So think we shall eat
our peck of dust now if ever.
Since I came back after my
illness I am housekeeper so when
we get all cleaned & settled think
I shall like it better, though it
will not be all sunshine.
health & strength I hope to make it good.
Your Uncle Charlie started work
too soon & had to knock off again
& is still at home though Aunty Ada
wrote me today & says he is a great
deal better. I had a letter too from
Reffie he as had a bad cold but
is better & he comes home again on
the 14th March.
The weather here is
bitterly cold & we have had a lot
of snow. It looked lovely when the sun
shone but I did not venture out it
looked to dangerous.
I could see from the
windows other people slipping a lot
& cars skidding.
Bus was going down hill & skidded
& ran into a Bakers Van & one lady
had her ankle broken.
Now do try & send me a
line dear when you have a few spare
How are your Father & Mother
& Maddy & Bill.
Please give my love to
So with heaps for
Yourselves & all good wishes
Ever your loving
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