Read Lemon Sherbet and Dolly Blue Online
Authors: Lynn Knight
First published in hardback in Great Britain in 2011
6Â Â Â A Garden Party and a Wedding Invitation
8Â Â Â Oh Dear! What a Dreadful War
15Â Â Â Back to the Racecourse
16Â Â Â Oh Romany, I See the Camp Fires Burning
17Â Â Â Woolworth's Gems and Saturday Treats
18Â Â Â Chocolate Fudge for Alice Faye
19Â Â Â Fast Cars and Darker Stories
20Â Â Â Wartime Snow and Ice 303
23Â Â Â Endings and Beginnings
24Â Â Â Beginnings and Endings
Richard Dorance Nash, Dick â my great-grandfather
Betsy Nash (nÃ©e Ward) â my great-grandma
Annie Dorrans Nash â my grandma
Willie Thompson â my grandfather
(Doris) Eva Nash â Annie's sister, my great-aunt
Cora Thompson â my mum
THE FAMILIES âBEHIND' THE FAMILY
Thomas and Sarah Walker â fairground people
â their son, who becomes
Richard Dorance Nash
Joseph and Mary Nash â Richard's adoptive parents; my great-great-grandparents
William Nash â Joseph and Mary's son (also the name given to Richard's nephew and his young son, both of whom visit the corner shop)
Thomas Martin â collier, Eva's father
Emily Ball â Eva's mother
Nellie Martin â daughter
Kitty Martin /Ball â daughter
Margaret Martin /Ball â daughter
Annie Martin /Ball
â youngest daughter, who becomes
(Doris) Eva Nash
Jessie Mee â Cora's birth mother
Mrs Sedgwick â her employer
Frances M. Wood (nÃ©e Mee) â Jessie's married sister
â my mum â becomes
FAMILY CONNECTIONS AND SUNDAY VISITORS
Annie Wardle (nÃ©e Ward) â Betsy's oldest sister, a former ladies' maid
George Walter Hardcastle â friend of family; sweet on Annie
Annie Wardle's son Jack â killed, First World War
Annie Wardle's son Charlie â invalided out, First World War
Edie Wardle â Charlie's wife
Liza â Betsy's youngest and favourite sister
SOME FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS AT WHEELDON MILL
Florrie Stokes â neighbour and mother of Annie's friend Ethel Ethel Stokes â Florrie's daughter, Annie's lifelong friend and childhood defender
Rolly Cook â Ethel's second husband (also the name of Ethel's son)
Nora Parks â collier's wife
Edna Parks â one of Nora's daughters, marries Clem Stokes
Kathleen Driver â soaps the stairs
Clara Tissington â neighbour (lives higher up the hill)
Zoe Graham â publican's daughter, Annie's childhood friend Carrie Rice â Eva's lifelong friend
Mildred Taylor â collier's wife, has pony-driver sons
Jimmy Frith â neighbour; shell-shocked, First World War
Maud Cartwright â back-door visitor to corner shop
Pearl Cartwright â Maud's daughter; Saturday visitor to corner shop
Clem Stokes â one of Ethel's brothers; injured First World War, marries Edna Parks
Georgie, Katie and Punka Stokes â some of Clem and Edna's children
Charles/Charlie Parks â Edna Stokes' brother and lodger
Jim Thompson â Willie's brother and employer; Mayor of Chesterfield 1939â40
Edith Thompson â his wife
Bernard and Ida Thompson â Willie's brother and wife; Ida works in Derbyshire's outfitter's, Whittington Moor
NEIGHBOURS RACECOURSE ROAD
Mrs Blake â trusted next-door neighbour
Grace and Tommy Blake â two of Mrs Blake's children; Cora's playmates
for a discussion of the variants in the spelling of my great-grandfather's name
MOST NAMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED
List of Illustrations
p.10Â Â Â Â Â Spoof Race Card, Chesterfield Races, November 1863.
p.19Â Â Â Â Â My great-grandfather's adoption document.
p.31Â Â Â Â Â Memoriam Card for Mary Elizabeth, my great-grandparents' first child.
p.32Â Â Â Â Â My great-grandparents, Betsy and Dick, with my grandma, Annie.
p.35Â Â Â Â Â The construction of Linacre's third reservoir. Dick, the foreman, is standing in the centre, arms folded.
p.36Â Â Â Â Â A studio portrait of Betsy.
p.39Â Â Â Â Â Wheeldon Mill
p.49Â Â Â Â Â Advertisement for âDolly Blue, Dolly Tints, Dolly Fast Dyes'.
p.58Â Â Â Â Â Annie, grammar-school girl.
p.67Â Â Â Â Â Chesterfield Industrial School, photographed by Nadin, a Chesterfield photographer.
p.70Â Â Â Â Â List of Christmas presents received for the children of the Chesterfield Children's Homes, 29 December 1903.
p.80Â Â Â Â Â Annie and my great-aunt, Eva, shortly after Eva joined the family.
p.80Â Â Â Â Â Annie and Eva on the Christmas card my great-grandparents sent to celebrate Eva's first Christmas with them.
p.85Â Â Â Â Â A studio portrait of Eva a few years after her adoption.
p.93Â Â Â Â Â Young men outside the corner shop shortly before the First World War brought death to the neighbourhood.
p.99Â Â Â Â Â Annie (seated, far left) with some of her fellow pupil-teachers â though not George â and staff, Netherthorpe Grammar School. Headmaster, Miall Spencer, is also sitting on the front row.
p.104Â Â Â Jim Thompson and party in 1915, celebrating his political success. Thompson's cake shop (with awning) is on the left.
p.105Â Â Â The second silent postcard with which Willie wooed Annie, featuring Thompson's bakery cart.
p.109Â Â Â Wartime advertisement for Sunlight Soap,
, 4 November 1916.
p.111Â Â Â My grandparents shortly before their marriage.
p.111Â Â Â One of the First World War cards George sent to Eva from the French Front.
p.112Â Â Â Newly-married Annie.
p.125Â Â Â âConquer or Die', another of George's wartime cards.
p.132Â Â Â Sheik's sons, photographed by Willie.
p.133Â Â Â Willie (right) and fellow combatant in the Middle East.
p.137Â Â Â The silk handkerchief Annie embroidered.
p.141Â Â Â The musical box from one of Dick's âbig house' sales.
p.147Â Â Â Annie and Willie in the bakehouse yard behind the cake shop.
p.151Â Â Â Betsy and Eva on the doorstep of the corner shop towards the close of a long, hard day.
p.154Â Â Â Autumn fashions on sale at Swallow's, September 1923.
p.155Â Â Â Cover of
Fancy Needlework Illustrated
p.158Â Â Â Dick, resting his arm on the engine, in his Sheepbridge days.
p.164Â Â Â Dick in the wood with his chickens.
p.179Â Â Â Drawing of Tower Cressy by Frank Emanuel.
p.185Â Â Â Classified advertisements for domestic servants,
, 7 July 1927.
p.190Â Â Â Willie's photograph of Tower Cressy.
p.191Â Â Â Clara Andrew and babies in the garden at Tower Cressy.
p.192Â Â Â NCAA instructions given to Annie and Willie.
p.200Â Â Â My mum's second-birthday photograph, with her teddy bear and a cake baked by Willie.
p.204Â Â Â My mum doing a dance for her dad (a âdonkey stone' is on the window ledge).
p.219Â Â Â âCome Out of the kitchen!' Advertisement for the Parkinson New Suburbia Gas Cooker, circa 1930s.
p.222Â Â Â A daytrip to the seaside: Betsy and Annie with my mum.
p.227Â Â Â My mum's fourth-birthday photograph.
p.232Â Â Â My mum with her doll's pram and Sooty the cat in the back garden at Racecourse Road (Willie's sturdy gate is to the right).
p.241Â Â Â My mum (right) with a fellow pupil of the Joan Mason Dancing School, performing a minuet.