Highfields bungalows,  Knightwick, Worcester.

Highfields bungalows are down a small lane from the Hoo, on the Knightick to Suckley road, signposted 'Highfields'. Not sure what year they were built but it may well have been in the 1930's. They are situated in the southern part of the Knightwick boundaries, the old railway line is to the west of these andthey are not far from the Old Suckley Station, which is inside the Knightwick borders. [Many thanks to Geraldine Cooper (nee Chaplin) for some of the help with those who lived here when she first came there in 1948]

1939 Register

No 1. Bungalow, Highfields, Knightwick, Worcestershire.

*Olive Busk - [Widow] - b. 6th December, 1897. [Light Farm Work]
John Hubert Busk - [Son] - b. 16th October, 1920. [Stockman on Farm]
Harold Peter Notley Busk - [Son] - b. 23rd January, 1922. [Mechanical Engineer, Apprentice]
Harry Eustace Notley Busk - [Son] - b. 30th July, 1923. [Farm Worker]
*Olive Notley married John Busk in 1920. John had an accident not long after the birth of his
youngest son Harry, he fell from a horse and died from the injuries he received.

John Busk of The Hole Farm Bransford, Worcestershire died 1st October, 1923.
Administration Worcester 29th November to Olive Busk widow. Effects £769 10s

1901 Census
Address: The Hole, Bransford, Martley, Worcestershire.

Henry G. Busk - [Married] - age 38 - b. 1863, Worcestershire. [Blacksmith Leigh]
Eliza Busk Wife - [Married] - age 36 - b. 1865, Leigh, Worcestershire.
John Busk Son - [Son] - age 13 - b. 1888, Leigh, Worcestershire. [Auctioneers Clerk]
William Busk Son - [Son] - age 10 - b. 1891, Leigh, Worcestershire.
Alfred Busk Son - [Son] - age 8 - b. 1893, Leigh, Worcestershire.

1911 Census
Address: Bransford,Worcestershire.

Henry George Busk - [Married] - age 48 - b. 1863, Leigh, Worcestershire. [Agricultural Engineer]
Eliza Busk Wife - [Married] - age 46 - b. 1865, Leigh, Worcestershire.
George Henry Busk - [Son Single] - age 26 - b. 1885, Leigh, Worcestershire. [Blacksmith]
John Busk - [Son Single] - age 23 - b. 1888, Leigh, Worcestershire. [Engine Fitter]
Alfred Busk - [Son Single] - age 18 - b. 1893, Leigh, Worcestershire. [Blacksmith]

1911 Census
Address: Birchen Hall, Alfrick, Worcestershire.

Job Notley [Married] - age 52 - b. 1859, Cradley, Herefordshire. [Miller And Farmer]
Ellen Notley [Married] - age 51 - b. 1860, Alfrick, Worcestershire.
Walter Notley [Son - Single] - age 17 - b. 1894, Cradley, Herefordshire. [Working On Farm]
Catherine Ellen Notley [Daughter - Single] - age 15 - b. 1896, Cradley, Herefordshire.
*Olive Notley [Daughter] - age 14- b. 1897, Cradley, Herefordshire. [School]
Ellen Dyer Birch [Aunt - Single] - age 74- b. 1837, St Johns, Worcester.

*Olive Notley married John Busk in 1920.
*Olive's sister Catherine Ellen Notley married Harold Notley Williams, in 1929, and they lived at
Highfields farm, opposite Highfields Bungalows.

No 2. Bungalow, Highfields, Knightwick, Worcestershire.

One Record Officially Closed

No 3. Bungalow, Highfields, Knightwick, Worcestershire.

David A. Riddell - [Married] - b. 29th July ,1889. [Incapacitated]
Eliza J. Riddell - [Married] - b. 3rd December, 1871. [School Teacher - Retired]
Walter Wanklyn - Married] - b. 9th December, 1881. [Police Constable - Retired]
Also, Police Reserve, Worcestershire.

David Albert Riddell and Eliza J. Bullock married in Worcester, in 1925.
David's father was James R. Riddell and he was sub-postmaster of the Post Office, Knightwick.
David was the only son and had two sisters Mary Elizabeth and Gwendoline Riddell.

Mary Elizabeth Riddell married William Charles Gilbert on, 12th May, 1912, Knightwick, Worcestershire.
Their fathers were: James Riddell and George Gilbert. [rev. W. S. Floyd-Radcliffe]

Gwendoline Riddell married William Bridges on, 1st January, 1921, Knightwick, Worcestershire.
Their fathers were: James Riddell and Edgar Bridges. [rev. W. S. Floyd-Radcliffe]

I mention this as the Post Office was where I [Philip Holland] was born in 1949.
My mum became sub postmaster after my grandfather John W. Jones retired from the same post.

No 4. Bungalow, Highfields, Knightwick, Worcestershire.

Emily E. Jones - [Widow] - b. 16th April, 1902. [Farm Worker]
Two Records Officially Closed
Gerald E. Jones - [Son] - b. 16th May, 1936. [Under School Age]

No 5. Bungalow, Highfields, Knightwick, Worcestershire.

Elizabeth Hassall - [Widow] - b. 1st February, 1870. [Unpaid Domestic Duties]
Dora M. E. Hassall - [Daughter Single] - b. 13th February, 1895. [Music Teacher]

Dora died in September 1950 "Death from misadventure, accelerated by pneumonia and anemia"

No 6. Bungalow, Highfields, Knightwick, Worcestershire.

William Tomkins - [Married] - b. 25th February, 1900. [Gardener]
Rhoda M. Tomkins - [Married] - b. 17th June, 1906. [Laundress]

Highfields Farm, Knightwick, Worcestershire.

Harold N. Williams - [Married] - b. 7th February, 1895. [Farmer] Also, Special Constable. Visit page on Harold Williams
Catherine E. Williams - [Married] - b. 14th May, 1895. [Unpaid Domestic Duties]

1911 Census
Address: Highfields Farm, Knightwick, Worcestershire.

John Williams [Married] - age 49 -b. 1862, Alfrick, Worcestershire. [Farmer]
Ellen Williams Wife Married Female 47 1864 - Cradley,Herefordshire.
Harold Notley Williams [Son - Single] - age 16 - b. 1895. Knightwick, Worcestershire. [Farmers Son Working On Farm]
Irene Williams [Daughter] - age 12 - b. 1899, Knightwick, Worcestershire. [School]
Melville Williams [Son] - age 9 - b. 1902, Knightwick, Worcestershire.
Roland Willams [Son] - age 8 - b. 1903, Knightwick, Worcestershire.
Freda Williams [Daughter] - age 7 - b. 1904, Knightwick, Worcestershire.




In 1948 Geraldine Chaplin, then aged 6, moved to Highfields and has kindly given me some information on those families living there at that time.

No 1. Bungalow, Highfields, Knightwick, Worcestershire.

Olive Busk - [Widow] - b. 6th December, 1897. [Light Farm Work]
John Hubert Busk - [Son] - b. 16th October, 1920. [Stockman on Farm]
Harold Peter Notley Busk - [Son] - b. 23rd January, 1922. [Mechanical Engineer, Apprentice]
Harry Eustace Notley Busk - [Son] - b. 30th July, 1923. [Farm Worker]
Elsie M. Chaplin. Married Harry Busk 1st qtr. 1947.
*Geraldine Chaplin. - b. 26th March, 1941. Warneford Hospital, Leamington Spa

*Geraldine used to stay at our house, (while her mum was at work) when she was young and grew up with my sister Josephine Holland. They have been friends for many years, my sister Josephine married a Norwegian, Gunvald Stenersen in 1966 at Knightwick Church and they have lived in Norway for more than 50 years.

*Geraldine married Brian Cooper and we have all been friends for many years.

No 2. Bungalow, Highfields, Knightwick, Worcestershire.

[Jim] Ernest C. Wright - [Married]
Agnes F. Wright - [Married] - b. 9th October, 1911.
Teresa A. Wright - [Daughter] - b 2nd qtr. 1942, Worcester.

Agnes' family - 1939 Register
Address: Banners Brook, Doddenham, Worcestershire.

Edwin Baker - [Married] - b. 7th August, 1870. [Small Holder]
Ann Baker - [Married] - b. 4th March,1872. [Unpaid Domestic Duties]
Herbert P. Baker - [Son] - b. 24th October, 1904. [Farm Worker]
Agnes F. Baker - [Daughter] - b. 9th October, 1911. [Book Keeper, Shorthand Typist]

Agnes Florence Baker married Ernest Coysh Wright, 25th December, 1940. Knightwick, Worcester.
Their Fathers were: Frederick Charles Wright [Upper Gurnox Doddenham] and Edwin Baker [Banners Brook Doddenham] [Rector. J. R. Burns.

After this family left, the Whittles moved here.

Bill Whittle - [Married] - b. d. 10th March, 1996, aged 77.
*Nell Whittle - [Married] - b. 17th February, 1924 - d. 13th August, 2009, aged 85.

William T. K. Whittle married *Gertrude Ellenor Garbett, 14th November, 1950, Martley.

*Nell's family - 1939 Register
Address: Suckley Row, Worcestershire.
Ernest William Garbett - [Married] - b. 20th May, 1890. [Farm Labourer] d. 6th May, 1983, aged 92.
Maud Annie Garbett - [Married] - b. 9th November, 1895. [Unpaid Domestic Duties]
*Gertrude E. Garbett - [Daughter] - b. 17th February, 1924. [Unpaid Domestic Duties]
William H. Garbett - [Son]- b. 28th January, 1928. [At School]


Bill and Geraldine in the garden at Highfields.

My memory of Nell is her working as a Postwoman, and seeing her in the mornings sorting out the letters for her post round. She also worked on the land for Walkers, and I also used to see her when I was helping with the hop-picking.

No 3. Bungalow, Highfields, Knightwick, Worcestershire.

*John Chater - [Married] - b. 22nd December, 1919.
Joan Chater - [Married] - b. 27th September, 1924. - d. July, 1988.
Angela Chater - [Daughter]
Robin Chater - [Son]

*John Neville Chater married Joan Mary Pullen on the 3rd October, 1945, in Broadwas Church.
Fathers, William Thomas Chater and Ernest Pullen
Ernest Pullen was licencee of the Royal Oak, Broadwas.

*John and Joan Chater became licencees of the Royal Oak, Broadwas, Worcestershire.
I used to play darts there and shoot for the Lord Ednam League.
There son Robin and I went to Broadwas Primary and then to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Bromyard.

Chater family - 1939 Register
Address: Council Houses, Doddenham, Worcester.

Ada (Chamberlain) Chater - [Widow] - b. 7th November, 1894. [Unpaid Domestic Duties]
Drucilla Chater - [Daughter] - b. 17th December, 1919.
*John Chater - [Son] - b. 22nd December, 1921.
Clement Arthur Chater - [Son] - b. 15th January, 1924.
Alfred Charles Chater - (Son] - b. 19th October, 1925.
Lavinia Chater [Daughter] - b. 4th November, 1928.
Ellis Chater [Son] - b. 20th April, 1933.
Ada was married to William T. Chater [William died 3rd qtr. 1938] All their children went to Knightwick School.
Ada married again, to Benjamin Bullock, 8th February 1960.

Pullen's family - 1939 Register
Address: 32 Saunders Street, Worcester.

Ernest Pullen - [Married] - b. 27th June, 1893. [Retail Greengrocer]
Alice Pullen - [Married] - b. 29th September, 1898. [Unpaid Domestic Duties]
Thomas C. E. Pullen - [Son] - b. 25th March, 1922. [Lorry drivers assistant, for Cornmerchant]
Joan M. Pullen - [Daughter] - b. 27th September, 1924 [Office Girl]
[2nd Marriage], Alice Pullen to Leonard K. Caselton, 2nd qtr. 1952 in Chatham, Kent.

After the Chaters left to live at The Royal Oak, Broadwas, Worcestershire.

The Andrews family moved here. [No 3.]

In 1939 Register - Their address was, 66 Millham Farm, Alfrick, Worcestershire.

Arthur Andrews - [Married] - b. 25th March, 1893. [Farm Labourer]
Kate Andrews - [Married] - b. 8th November, 1896. [Field Worker]
Robert Cornelius Andrews - [Son] - b. 23rd April, 1932. [At School]
Arthur T. Andrews - [Son] - b. 2nd May, 1937. [Under School Age]

Geraldine said, that Arthur also had his two chldren living there, Robert and Carol Andrews,
and that they used to play with her brother Simon Busk.

No 4. Bungalow, Highfields, Knightwick, Worcestershire.

Emily E. Jones - [Widow] - b. 16th April, 1902. [Farm Worker]
Gerald E. Jones - [Son] - b. 16th May, 1936. [Under School Age]
Doreen Jones - [Daughter]
Donald Jones - [Son]
Susan Jones - [Donald's twin daughter]
Linda Jones - [Donald's twin daughter]

No 5. Bungalow, Highfields, Knightwick, Worcestershire.

Arthur Blake - [Married]
Rosie M. Blake - [Married] - b. 1920, Bromyard, Herefordshire [Mother - Moorcroft]
John V. Blake [Son] - b. 3rd qtr. 1946
Anthony E. Blake [Son & Triplet] - b. 3rd qtr. 1948
Veronica A. Blake [ Daughter & Triplet] - b. 3rd qtr. 1948
Rosemary J. Blake [ Daughter & Triplet] - b. 3rd qtr. 1948

Arthur Blake married Rosie M. Jenkins in 4th qtr. 1939.

No 6. Bungalow, Highfields, Knightwick, Worcestershire.

William Tomkins - [Married] - b. 25th February, 1900. [Gardener]
Rhoda M. Tomkins - [Married] - b. 17th June, 1906. [Laundress]

William Tomkins married Rhoda May Hill - 19th October, 1927 at Knightwick Church.
Their Fathers were, William Tomkins and John Robert Hill.

Bill's brother and wife Jack and Maud Tomkins, were living at Woodbine Cottage and both worked for Dr Clarke as gardener and housekeeper.

 

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