Beckwith Family History
Tree 2s Picture Gallery
Some of the 'first & second cousins' - grandchildren & great-grandchildren of Thomas John Beckwith & Eliza Finall
The Venue -
The house of Francis and Marjorie Granville in Martineau Drive, Dorking, Surrey.
The Date -
The original text here said "The bare trees in photo 3 confirm that it was Winter and Iím sure that it was not long before Christmas because, having moved away from London to Cliftonville in December 1955, I remember the opportunity being seized by my parents to perform an early Xmas present exchange with Geoff & Bessie Surl so as to save on postage. We didn't venture back out of Thanet immediately after having moved there so I believe 1956 is the earliest possible and as Eric died on 1/11/58, 1957 would be the latest."
On 26th October 2007, chance led me to find my father's hitherto missing diary for 1957 and there, on 26th October - exactly 50 years before to the very day - was the entry "To M&F, Dorking for Beckwith Party. 90 miles each way. 4 galls of petrol, 19/4d at 38254" ... so 1957 it was (and that petrol fill today would cost twenty times as much. For another bit of nostalgia, in Sep 1957 there's an entry "Electricity converted from DC to AC ").
The Photos -
All by Arthur Surl. Apologies for the less than perfect quality - they are significant enlargements of the original negatives and the lighting conditions on an Autumn afternoon canít have been ideal anyway - but hopefully they will serve as a record of the occasion that took place 50 years ago.
Cameras are in evidence and the different group compositions suggest that Roger and Winnie also took photos so I wonder if any other shots of this day are still extant ?
My sincere thanks to Gina Smart, Sheila Beckwith and Margery Pears for helping to identify everyone.
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Last updated 15th May 2020