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Winifred Ellen Reynolds
born Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 1904
died Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, 23rd February 1983
on the Reynolds family tree
part of the Reynolds, Carter, Anable and Stearn family stories
married to Edmund
and Alice Mary Anable
Winifred Ellen Reynolds (1904-1983).
My Mother's Mother. My Grandmother.
Winifred Ellen Reynolds was born in
Dry Drayton, a village on the outskirts of Cambridge, in
1904. She was the oldest child. In about 1908 the family
moved to West Wratting on the other side of Cambridge and
then to Hildersham, before settling in Shelley Row in
Cambridge in about 1916. Her father was a brewery
drayman. She married Edmund Stanley Cornwell, who came
from Oakington, the neighbouring village to Dry Drayton,
but they married in Lichfield, Staffordshire on 10th July
1923 when they were both just 19 years old. They gave
false ages to acquire the certificate, as one of them had
to be of age, that is to say 21 or over. They were in
Staffordshire because my grandmother was pregnant, and
they had run away to get married. Stan's older sister
Ruth lived at Colton on the outskirts of Rugeley, and she
arranged the marriage for them. Their first child was
born less than three months later. He had a learning
disability, and lived with his mother for the rest of her
life. Winifred's parents never really forgave her for her
pregnancy and hasty marriage to someone of whom they did
not approve. It is only in the last few months that I
have discovered that Winifred's mother Alice was also six
months pregnant when she married Winifred's father in
1903. Winifred was that child.
They returned to Cambridge after the birth of their first
child, and lived in Shelley Row near to Winifred's
parents. However, they seem not to have got on well with
them, and after the birth of two more children they did a
moonlight flit, first to Barway near Ely and then to
Grunty Fen on the other side of the river, before
settling in Little Thetford. They had nine children
altogether. Although my grandfather died before I was
born, Winifred Cornwell was the grandparent I knew best.
I spent the first three years of my life living in the
same house as her at Green Hill, Little Thetford in the
Isle of Ely. After we moved to Cambridge she would often
visit us, and I would go and stay with her. I spent a lot
of the spring of 1966 living with her because of
complications with the birth of my youngest brother. I
remember her as being a very comfy, smiling old lady,
although she was actually only in her late fifties when I
was born. The thing that strikes me about her now when I
look at her on earlier photographs is quite how
stunningly beautiful she was when she was young, and that
my own daughter, who of course she never met, looks
uncannily like her.
She died of a stroke, possibly as a result of the
side-effects of an anti-arthritis drug, at Chesterton
Hospital in Cambridge in 1983. She was 79 years old. Her
ashes were scattered in the fields near Dry Drayton.
She was the oldest of six children:
Born Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire 1905 and
baptised at St Peter and St Paul, Dry Drayton on 24th
December, Christmas Eve. Known by the family as Ciss.
After marrying, she lived in North Walsham, Norfolk.
Born Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire 1907. Baptised
at St Peter and St Paul, Dry Drayton on 5th May. Known by
the family as Sonny. Ernest lived with his parents all
his life, establishing a taxi business in Cambridge from
the workshop at the bottom of his parents garden at 4
Shelley Row. At the time of the 1938 Kelly's Directory
for Cambridge he was listed as the householder, but this
was probably so that histaxi business could be
advertised. He died of cancer in 1945. The family story
is that he contracted this by smoking oil-stained
cigarettes in his workshop. Ernest never married, but he
was in a long term relationship, and when he died he left
his accumulated wealth from the taxi business to his
former partner, much to the anger of his mother.
Born West Wratting, Cambridgeshire 21st April 1910. Known
by the family as Cad. Abigail was probably born at Valley
Farm, right on the edge of the parish near to what is now
the Cambridge suburb of Fulbourn. She married Reginald
Lander at St Giles, Cambridge, a short walk from her
parents' house in Shelley Row, on 30th June 1929.
Reginald Lander's family were partners in a busy
Cambridge butcher's firm. They lived variously on Histon
Road, Cambridge, at Station Road, Histon and at one point
ran a pub off of Mill Road, Cambridge. They had three
children, two daughters and a son. They were the aunt,
uncle and cousins my mother knew best, and she remembers
her Aunt Cad and Uncle Reg with fondness and affection.
Abigail died in Cambridge on the 26th April 1988.
Born Hildersham, Cambridgeshire 1914. Baptised at St
Peter and St Paul, Dry Drayton on 1st November when her
father Tom was recorded as a horsekeeper of Hildersham.
Lydia died within a year, by which time the family had
probably moved to 4 Shelley Road, Cambridge, and in which
case she was probably buried in what is now the Ascension
Burial Ground on Huntingdon Road. Interestingly, her
father arrived in France after his regiment's landing
date, suggesting that he might have received
compassionate leave because of his daughter's death.
Born Shelley Road, Cambridge 1916. Known to the family as
Lon. She received her unusual name to remember the fact
that her father was stationed at Salonika in Greece for
much of the First World War, a much less dangerous
theatre than the Western Front. She married Stanley
George Impey in Cambridge in 1936. Stan was a distant
relative of Lon, born at Dry Drayton in 1911 and related
through her mother's mother's family. They had two sons.
The family lived at 130 Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge.
After the death of Lon's father Tom, her mother Alice
came to live in the Kings Hedges Road house in what my
mother describes as a granny flat. Lon died in 1983 in
Cambridge, after which her husband lived in sheltered
accomodation on Arbury Road before his death in 1989.
was not born at the time of the 1901
census. Her parents had not yet married.
mother Alice Mary Anable was nineteen
years old at the time of the 1901 census.
Her birth year is shown as 1882. Her
surname is misspelt as 'Anabel'. She was
living in the lodging house of Mary
Cullum at 10 Peas Hill, Cambridge.
This is in the centre of Cambridge,
leading from the Market Place to Corn
Exchange Street. Alice is shown as a domestic
servant. She was single in 1901.
Cullum was a widow, and had two daughters
living with her, Gertrude aged 27 and
Janet aged 25. There was one other
domestic servant living in the house,
Julia Marshall aged 16.
census records that Alice was born at Dry
Drayton, Cambridgeshire. The
transcript for the entry is here.
father Thomas Reynolds was twenty-two
years old at the time of the 1901 census.
His birth year is shown as 1879. He was
living at home with his parents at High
Street, Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire.
The street still exists today. Thomas is
shown as an agricultural labourer.
He was single. Significantly, Alice
Anable was also from Dry Drayton.
parents are shown as Robert Reynolds, a
stockman on a farm, aged 59, and Mary Ann
Reynolds, aged 58. They had one other
child living at home at the time of the
1901 census, Robert G Reynolds, an
agricultural labourer, aged 19. Also
living with them was their grandson
Ernest Joseph Elzey, aged 3, born in
North Bow in London.
Reynolds household had three lodgers on
the night of the census. They were George
and Albert Sheet, apparently father and
son, and William Jackson. All three were
was born at Duxford, Cambridgeshire
according to the 1901 census (although
the BMD Index suggests a different
Cambridgeshire registration district).
The transcript for their entry is here.
1904: Winifred Ellen was born in Dry Drayton,
Cambridgeshire on 4th February. She was baptised at St
Peter and St Paul, Dry Drayton, on April 3rd, which that
year was Easter Sunday.
was seven years old at the time of the
1911 census. Her name is misspelt on the
census as 'Winefred'. The Reynolds family
were living at Valley Farm, West
actually on the outskirts of the parish,
and nearer to the village of Fulbourn,
today a suburb of Cambridge. Valley Farm
had been built as a stables, but today is
part of a huge agri-business concern. The
four lanes of the busy A11 now cut into
the edge of the farm.
father Thomas is shown as a horse
keeper. He was 32 years old.
Winifred's mother Alice was 30 years old.
They had been married for 7 years.
was the oldest of four children at the
time of the 1911 census, and her name was
spelt Winefred. The others were Cecila
(Cecilia) was 5, Earnest 4 and Abbgale
(Abigail) 1. Whoever filled in the form
was unable to spell the children's names.
was born in Dry Drayton,
Cambridgeshire, as were Cecilia
and Earnest. Abigail was born at West
father had been born at Duxford in
Cambridgeshire, her mother Alice at Dry
Drayton. The transcript for their entry
1923: Winifred married
Edmund Stanley Cornwell on the 10th July
at the Register Office,
1983: Winifred died at
Chesterton Hospital, Cambridge.