GENERATIONS : FAMILY PHOTO GALLERY

1950's
1950's
1950's
1950's
Devonshire st Winson green / 1920s / William Henry Godwin Seated, his wife Sarah Godwin nee Allcott, with baby Maud Godwin nee Jennings, baby George Godwin married couple George Pritchard and Rose nee Godwin, seated with girl Lizzy Godwin girl Philomena Godwin, Standing with girl William agodwin jnr girl Monica Mary Godwin

3 generations of the Godwin's of Winson Green. The old guy seated William Henry his father was stabbed by his partner in Sutton on boxing Day 1875. Less than a year later William was born and adopted by his uncle. His wife seated Sarah was a gentle soul and stood 6ft living with a cancer on her head she covered it with her hair, she lived and ran a small shop at 169 Devonshire Street. Their son standing holding a child Mary. Stood at 6ft 5 like his mom a gentle soul he married Maud standing with the baby a dot compared to him but the matriach among them all. The well dressed lady with the girl standing (Philomena) is aunt Liz in 50 days time she would be on the autistic spectrum. The couple getting married Rose Godwin and George Pritchard who continued to reside in Devonshire Street. The 2 young girls died one aged 12 the other 9 I think within a year of each other from (I'll confirm illness) Philomena lived her final months in a rehabilitation unit in the Malverns as the illness had caused her to go blind.. Maud and William lived at 95 Caversham rd Kingstanding... The Elder William Henry was a cobbler and a Freeman of Stafford his family were Cordwainers.. I have the history back to 1640

Devonshire st Winson green / 1920s
In my grandparent's back garden in The Worthings, Stirchley, Birmingham. It was next to a railway embankment, the train drivers used to wave to me when I was small girl. / 1945. / Sat in the middle of the front row are my parents Evelyn and Kenneth. My paternal grandparents Reginald and Florence Phillips are on either side of my mum and dad. The boy sat on the grass at the front is my cousin Peter, an artist who now lives in Australia. Directly behind my mum is Peter's mum, Aunt Madge who was married to my dad's eldest brother Jack. Stood beside Madge to the left the tall man is my dad's lifelong and childhood friend Ernie. Dad and Ernie served in the armed forces together during WW2. I'm unsure who the elderly couple are to the right of the frame stood at the back nor who the four people are on the left.

This photo was taken on my parent's wedding day at the end of WW2, Dad was 29 my mum was just 19. According to family lore they only met 6 weeks before their marriage, they remained devoted until dad's death. My paternal grandparents and their 3 sons moved from Cornwall to Stirchley in Birmingham during the 1920's. My mum came from a small village in Northumberland and met my dad during the 2nd world war. She came to live with my dad's family when they married in the October following the end of the war. Mum loved Birmingham and always felt proud to be considered a Brummie, she attempted to lose her Geordie accent after being teased about how she pronounced 'eight'. Strangely, as she grew older and just before she passed away her Northern accent became more pronounced again. My nan had a Cornish accent and a very distinguished way of saying 'eggs', all these years later I can still remember how she sounded. Grandad was gentle and quiet. I wasn't born until nine years after this photos was taken but it has the power to summon up happy childhood memories of the many times I spent in this same garden with those I loved, my family.

In my grandparent's back garden in The Worthings, Stirchley, Birmingham. It was next to a railway embankment, the train drivers used to wave to me when I was small girl. / 1945.
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