Did I tell you about our Alice? She was well known
and the grandchildren knew better than to try and nick the grapes
from the Vine outside her street door! She was a large persona
although only 4 feet 11. Alice ruled all her kids with a rod of iron.
She always wore a snow white apron. She cleaned the street every day
outside number 53's door and scrubbed the step daily. Alice used
to threaten all the Grandkids if they tried to lean over the
fireplace to touch the brass elephants who lived over the kitchen
range. They were always highly polished. I loved those Indian
Elephants. She would yell "You--Josie, get away from the fire"!
Many years later those very Ellies were found on the top of
Uncle George Geoghegan's wardrobe, black and wrapped in newspapers
after his death. My Cousin Cheryle, who inherited them offered the
elephants to me. I treasure them tho they are not as bright as when
Alice had them. But they are mine now! And I can touch them whenever
Our Nan was a good
customer of Watneys and she liked to pop into the 'others' to lend
her ear to the latest 'goings on'. Latterly she rented a room to
Elsie Cook a Salvationist! A photo appeared in the local press of
them admiring the grapevine in front of Alice's house.
The Family Oracle identified Elsie as his Brother Mick's wife Kate,
a mere difference in age of some 40 years.
Mick and the real Kate met while he was in
Scotland on leave from the Navy where they married in a chapel*.
When they got back to Trafalgar Street to meet Mum, Honeymoon or
not, Alice parted them until were "Properly Churched". She
marched them off to The English Martyrs**
and a week later they were Properly Wed and lived happily afterward.
As they approached their 60's they were informed that a Registrar had
not attended their second marriage, and Catholic Church Marriages, in
that case, are not legal. The third
Marriage Certificate* states
clearly that Mick and Catherine (our Kate) are now in fact legally
married and that they had gone through 'A Form' of Marriage
previously in a Catholic Church. Only in England, fans! Imagine the
Third Time Lucky party. I've got the pictures and the Certs.
Alice is Buried in Nunhead Cemetary the grave only
identifiable because her Grandaughter, who had died before reaching
her teens, is also within.
The spouse of Jane, George Pickering, moved into a
small house opposite Alice Geoghegan's with his new lady and two of
their children. It's not recorded how they got along. Some time later
Ann Geoghegan, Mother of Jane, also lived in 124 Trafalgar St.
It has become clear over the the 200
years that wherever they were Born, most of them made their way to
Walworth; even Jane nee Goldstien, who was born in the East End of
London died in Walworth.