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Mrs Rose Ann Smedley feeding Chickens

The elderly lady on this postcard circa 1910-1920 feeding chickens is believed to be Mrs Rose Ann Smedley of 9 Green Bank Crowland. She is listed on the 1911 census as a 72 year old widow living at Engine Green Bank Farm with her daughter Agnes Whittington, stepson Benjamin Smedley, Henry Shelbourn a visitor and William Matthew Wood.
Interestingly William Wood was listed as a “lodger” but this has been crossed out and replaced with “bounder”, according to the dictionary “a dishonurable man”! (Note – I accidentally mis-read it, it in fact says “boarder”) Also interestingly his occupation is “hawker”
Perhaps someone recognises her as a relative? Are there any Smedley’s still in Crowland?
There is another name on the card written in pencil of “G. Strickland, Crowland”

Thanks to John Wakefield

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  1. I think My Dad was related to a Smedley family who lived on Postland Road. 2 sisters called Honor and Hilda who ran a small shop on North Street selling wool and sewing materials. Their brother Sonny (William I think) was a churchwarden and bell ringer. This was in the1950s and 1960s.

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