Henry Edmund CONDUIT was born in Dorset and seems to have spent most of his sixty years in southern counties. It is a mystery why he was baptised at Filey St Oswald’s when he was six to eight months old. He married Sarah Ada STREET in Shaftesbury in 1903 and the couple had at least five children. In 1916 he was working as a printer’s foreman in East Finchley. Although almost forty, his country wanted him for cannon fodder and his employer, Mr H W Simpson, sought an exemption for him. The Finchley War Tribunal granted one for three months. I think he was later required to serve but was obviously returned safely to his wife and children.
Francis Edmund HANSON died three years after he married Mary Jane. Her childless widowhood lasted for over half a century.
Filey Genealogy & Connections says that Richard Thomas had the nickname ‘Britner’. I have not been able to find any Old Filonians who know how he came by it. (His firstborn son Thomas went by ‘Topper’ and fourth son George by ‘Skifer’.)
George was a third great-grandson of the first Filey JENKINSON – William (1721-1762). The child died at seven months. About a year later, parents Francis and Mary welcomed another boy into the world and gave him the names George Mainprize. George the Second lived for just a few weeks.
Note: William Jenkinson is a wrong ‘un on FamilySearch. The first Filey Mrs Jenkinson was born Mary CAPPLEMAN in 1721. She married her Mr Right married in Hornsea in 1848.
Frank was a cousin of the Hepton boys (above), another descendant of “the first Filey Jenkinson”. Both of his parents died when he was seven or eight years old and the 1881 census indicates that his grandmother, Mary Chew née JENKINSON, raised the three Hanson orphans. She outlived two of them. Frank married Mary Jane COWLING in 1891 and died three years later. Mary Jane was a widow for 55 years.
1927 · Albert Noel SHAKESBY & Eleanor Pearl DANBY
Albert Noel was the son of “Street Arab”, fairground boxer, rescuer of damsels and Primitive Methodist preacher Albert Edward Shakesby. The son seems to have lived a more retiring life. I will add him to the Shared Tree as soon as I can – and Eleanor Pearl, daughter of Amos DANBY.
At the edge of Oilhouse Coppice goldfinches erupt from a bush like Roman Candles and settle further along the path only to burst out again. A wagtail bobs at the edge of the New Pool, a kingfisher bullets low over the ice. Breughel magpies fly up into the white-limbed trees.
Camera Man. After lunch into the snow. A world of monochrome, so, when I reached the field corner I photographed a few days ago I wanted Tri X or XP1, I wanted my darkroom already, wanted to be making fine (great) prints on Ilford Galerie. Dreamer. Followed a fox’s footsteps down the apple path.
Camera Man by John Gale. Started reading this novel, published after suicide. A good man. Travels with a Son, read ten years ago, still with me. The same John Gale who provided a byline for Don McCullin reportage – words! – so that the photographer could return to the country [that was] being slagged off. Twenty pages in it seems too loose to be a good read. A chapter of Ina Taylor’s Edith Holden book disappointing too. But then, all day my attention has wandered. The news pages of the Sunday Times couldn’t hold me at all.