When we were young, Christmas was a very special time for my siblings and me. We lived in Edinburgh, but our Grandparents, and most of our relations, lived in the south of England, or even further afield. Although I have written about going to Pickwick for Christmas, my father’s parents must have moved when I… Continue reading Christmas at Rest Harrow and Little Cucknells
When my Grandparents left Grove Farm at Box, where they had been farming, they moved in to 141, Lordship Road, Stoke Newington with my Great Grandfather, Joseph Lines. This was around 1925, and may have been prompted by the death of my Great Grandmother, Jane Lines (nee Fitzhenry) on 7th June 1925. They lived with… Continue reading Pictures of Pickwick
Roger Lines, my father, went on to travel the world as a Research Forester, but this letter finds him in January 1953, right at the start of his career. The previous letter in my possession, written by him at the end of his first week in the office has him about to move into 27,… Continue reading Roger Lines – Banks and Bicycles
My father, Roger Lines, wrote to his sister, Jennifer, probably about 1939. She had been at Croydon High School, and was evacuated to the home farm of Statfield Saye at the start of the war. Dear Jennifer, How I envy you on having nice dinner and no homework. Michael and I have been writing a… Continue reading Roger to Jennifer – nice dinners and no homework
On 27th September 1953, my uncle Tim wrote to my father to describe the time Tim and my aunt Jennifer spent with their brother, my uncle Jeremy in Poole (OSM). My father would have been working as a Forester in Edinburgh at the time. 27/9/53 Dear Roger M insists that I write a page to… Continue reading Sailing with Jeremy and Jennifer, a letter from Tim to Roger.
This was written by my father, Roger Lines, to his sister Jennifer, who was – for some reason – not with the rest of the family in, I would guess 1939. Dear Jennifer, I have not gone back to school yet but all the others have. Are you lonely yet? and are you having nice… Continue reading Letter from Roger to Jennifer 1939