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Four photos from Rita Cassidy (nee Pitts)

Rita has let us have copies of these photos from her family album. They are;

A very interesting group of smiling ladies (said to be in Mill lane). They are dressed in long skirts and some have protective aprons, they are probably mill workers. In front of them are long handled cooking pots and one potted plant (geranium?). The lady on the left seated in the windsor chair is holding a large teapot. I wonder what the occasion was. Who was the boy and what we he displaying. A girl was standing slightly apart from the group does she look familiar to you?

Ria thinks the picture was taken about 1897 as her grandmother was in the group. If this correct then this must be one of the earliest photos taken in Creech St Michael.

The 1901 census for Mill Lane includes these named families; Saunders, Snook, Perryman, Govier, West and Hurford. Are there any faces you recognise?

The second photo is of William Snook holding Florence Pitts in 1908. William was employed at the paper mill as a boilerman in 1891.

The third photo is a studio portrait of Rita's grandmother taken, she thinks aged eight.

Finally, a later VE ( Victory in Europe) party at Rocketts Cottages. The photo is dated 1945. I wonder if anyone can recognise the members of the group. The last on the right is Flay Pitts with Rita in her arms. Mrs Goss and Rosemary are next to her. Rita also adds that the lady in the white pinny is Nancy Sandford.

Mill Lane Ladies
R C Will Snook
Rockets Cottage Party 1945
Rita C