As it is too hot for me to garden and Wimbledon is on, so I thought I would show you some photographs, with a tennis theme. I do not take after my Grandmother (May Beck), I can’t hit a ball and I dislike tennis! By looking at the photographs both May and Grandad Beck played tennis and it has been difficult to choose which photographs to show you. These are all showing a mystery couple, well at least to me.
The first photograph must be special as it was in a frame, it shows Rebecca and Grandad Beck on the left and May Beck on the right, but who are the other two? I am hoping someone in the family will recognise them. As this was framed we can assume they were close to the Becks. Most likely one of them is a member of Rebecca or Grandad Beck’s family. It is likely these were taken between the end of WW1 and May’s marriage in 1925.
Today I am going to share some family photographs taken at different houses. The locations and the dates are not given but from the ages of Lionel and May they are likely to have been taken between 1907 and 1909. This would make Lionel between 8 and 10 years, May between 6 and 8 years.
A Favourite Garden
The first photograph was a favourite, as it appears in several albums. This doesn’t look any of the places we know Grandad Beck lived. Both the Dorchester and Upwey houses are mid-terrace and prior to Upwey, they lived in the police station at Lyme Regis.
At the beginning of a New Year, many of us think about booking our holidays, I am sure the Grandad Beck was no different. Up until 1909 the only time he had off was 5 days annual holiday. One year the family went to Bowleaze Cove near Weymouth. I know this because Lionel and May very kindly built a sandcastle. Little did they know how useful this would be over 100 years later. Thank you Granny!
Thank you to all my readers, this is my 52rd post, I find it hard to believe that my first post was a year ago. Through this blog I have ‘met’, family members I didn’t know existed, descendants of Grandad Beck’s colleagues and friends that have enjoyed my scribbles. I can’t thank you enough for all your kind comments. I hope you will all keep reading as I write the last few posts of Grandad Beck’s life as a policeman.
To celebrate the New Year I thought I would give you a challenge. Can you help me identify May and Lionel in these school photographs. The first two are taken at Broadwey School. From 1904-1908 the family lived at 6 Prospect Place, Upwey. At first I wondered why the children went to Broadwey school when there was a school in Upwey. Then I found that the police house was in a lane just off the main Dorchester to Weymouth road and between the two schools. Lionel was born in March 1899 and May is two years younger born in 1901.
I have included some photographs of the family to help identify the Children.
I thought I would let Lionel and May wish you a Happy Christmas, can you hear Lionel on the violin accompanied by May on the piano coming to you through the years? This photograph must have been taken over 100 years ago, around 1910. The room is the same one as in the photograph here and is at Overton Villas in Dorchester. Christmas Bells is a one of Ezra Read’s ‘Descriptive Fantasias’ which was popular with music teachers at the time. Continue reading “Christmas Bells to wish you a Happy Christmas”
During the years that he lived in Dorchester (1908-1915) Grandad Beck took lots of photographs. From reports of court cases we know that as a detective he took photographs as part of his job. We don’t know if his interest in photography preceded his promotion. We do have lots of photographs taken by Grandad Beck of his family, many of them from the early 1900s. Today I thought I would share some of these family photographs, some of these may have been taken at Upwey before the family moved to Dorchester.
Between the family home and the police station in Dorchester, Dorset, is the earthworks Maumbury Rings. This was originally a Neolithic Henge, modified by the Romans into an amphitheatre and then used as an artillery fort in the English Civil War. The people of Dorchester use this area for recreation and picnics. While researching, I found that from 1908-1913 the archaeologist Harold St George Gray excavated the rings. He sank about 45 shafts, up to 36 feet deep, into the chalk. This probably explains the structure visible on the right of this photograph
I have been busy scanning in photos and thought you would like to help me with a photograph. I know some of my cousins read this blog and they may be able to help. This photo is out of sequence as the seated lady on the right is Rebecca Beck (Grandad Beck’s first wife) who died in March 1928. As Grandad Beck is not in the photo I would assume that he was the photographer. Unless he is the gentleman behind the lady in the flowery hat.