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Helen Edgington. From Oxford to Sussex.


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My great grandmother was Helen Edgington born on the 17th July 1895 at 4 Castle Place, Castle Street in Oxford, the youngest child of James and Thirza Edgington.

In the 1901 census she is aged 5 and living at the same address that she was born at in Oxford. Her father is a timber yard merchant.

In February 1902, her mother Thirza dies of a carcinoma of the uterus at Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. Helen is aged only 6 years.

Helen leaves school in around 1906 or 1907 aged 11 or 12 in Oxford. Helen probably gets a job as a servant locally.

On the 2nd April 1911, she has left Oxford and is residing 100 miles away at Cresswell House, Bexhill On Sea in East Sussex. She is a 15 year old servant.

Helen eventually leaves Sussex and marries George Stock in Essex in 1917.

Something attracted her from the bustling, brisk Midlands city of Oxford to the sunny fresh Sussex coast in around 1907 or 1908 ish. She was willing to move the 100 miles which is amazing as I love Sussex and I have a Sussex resided ancestor on my fathers side.


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