Wordless Wednesday – Girls With Hats

It is not that easy to be wordless, especially when posting old family photographs!  This photo is from the early 1940’s, it is the “Williams Girls” outside what looks like Hoole All Saints Church, I don’t know what the occasion is but most likely a family wedding.
If you have been following my blog you will know that my mother Hilda came from a large family, eleven in total, eight girls and three boys.  This is the only photo I know of that shows just the girls.
Gertie (born 1900) was the second child but the eldest daughter, Lorna (born 1924) was the youngest in the family.
One of things I like to do is list the married names of my female family members, this helps any cousins to find me if they Google their parents/grandparents names. So in no particular order the Williams Girls married names are – Timmins, McDonald, Monkman, Griffiths, Cowmeadow, Jones, Wilcock, Hales.

Wordless Wednesday – Williams Family 1907

I love Wordless Wednesday’s as I get a chance to talk about a photograph!
This photograph was taken about 1907/8.  It shows my maternal grandmother Martha WILLIAMS (formerly BENYON) standing outside her house with her first five children.
Martha (age about 32) is holding Doris who was born in 1907, Doris looks to be about 6-9 months old so I suppose the photo could be 1908.  They are standing in the doorway of their house at 70 Westminster Road, Hoole, Chester.  The house is still there today, in those days it was a two up two down end of terrace house with an outside toilet at the bottom of the yard. The facilities would be very rudimentary with cold running water and a coal fire for heating the rooms and water, the lighting would most likely be by gas.

Also in this photograph are:
John (aka Jack) born 1898
Gertrude Mary (aka Gertie) born 1900
May Alexandra born 1901
Robert Henry (aka Harry) born 1904

It is amazing how such a small house could support so many people, and there were still another six children to come!