The photograph below has intrigued me ever since I found it in my mother’s things after her death. The girl standing on the left is my mum, Doris Brittain (née Sheepwash) and I think the boy is her brother, my uncle Fred. Behind the planted stone urn is my grandfather, Frederick George Neville (Sheepwash) , and his wife, my grandmother Esther (née Saunders) is on the left of the doorway, I think.
Is the little girl in the doorway my aunt? And who is the lady bending down helping her with her shoe?
I reckon that my mother is about 11 or 12 here. If so, this means that the photo would have been taken in 1939 or 1940. She was evacuated to Earls Barton in Northamptonshire – could the photo have been taken there? Or is it somewhere near their home in Walthamstow? To me, though, the cottage doesn’t really look local to London or Essex.
Mum seems to be the only person focusing on the photographer, no one else is taking any notice! Was this photo taken to mark a special occasion for her? She seems to have outgrown her clothes a little, especially the cardigan. Whenever I look at this photo I am amazed at how like mum I looked at a similar age.
To try to find out more I’m going to “walk through” Earls Barton on google streetview – just in case that’s where the location is.