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!

Entertaining the Ancestors

This is going to be a Wordless Monday (of sorts).  The post compliments a previous one – “When Father Papered the ParlourMay 9th is Mum’s birthday, she would have been 93 today.  As I said in the other post Mum loved to sing and entertain, so I expect she is now somewhere “Entertaining the Ancestors“.  These photo’s are just a few of the ones I have of her entertaining.

Happy Birthday Mum.  Hilda TIMMINS (formerley WILLIAMS) 1918 – 2008.

3rd from right – Chester Guildhall Choir c1938



2nd from left front row – WI concert c1966

Preparing for the Upton Heath WI concert c1966

Right – We Three Kings, in church at Christmas. 
She attended Hamilton Street Methodist in Hoole, Chester.

Laughing – She was always smiling and laughing

Right – I remember sleeping in those bedsheets!

Left – With Flo her best mate and co-conspirator!


Front in white – Not bad for 83. Modelling with the Plas Newton WI.

This newspaper cutting is also one of many.  I must get them all copied before they age.