One House

First houseThe first house my grandfather (Thomas Henry Patching) designed and built. It was in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, England, 1920’s.

Following a long period of ill health, he died in 1930, when my mother, the youngest of eight, was just 10 months old. 

Hardship, poverty and sorrow dogged his family following his death. My grandmother (Gladys May) fought hard to keep her family going, She worked two jobs and made a new home for them. I spent the first part of my life with Grandma, until her death in January 1968. They’re buried together in Chorlton.Grave 1



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