Henry West (1856-1959) – ‘pushing all their worldly goods in a handcart’

Henry WEST (1856-1959) – Harry got a job at the rectory in Acrise as a gardener, probably because of connections with Sir Henry Oxenden’s brothers who were local vicars and his sister who was married to one of the Papillon family who owned the big house in Acrise. Harry and his wife, Mary, walked from Barham to Acrise (about 7 miles) pushing all their worldly goods in a handcart, and with Harry carrying their daughter. They were housed in a couple of rooms made out of part of the stables and had to draw all their water from a well.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email