Monica English the Witch of Gayton, Norfolk, England

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~ Monica English ~
(1920 - 1979)

 

A Old Craft Witch and Artist

the wife of

John Summersell Davis
&
Peter Earle Barnes
&
Robert Graham Godfrey English

 

 

 

 

 

 

~ 1920

 

2.          MARY MONICA BARRETT  was born January 8, 1920 in Pinner, Middlesex.

 

Father:     John Barrett

Mother:   Margery May Gibson

 

From the copy of her Birth Certificate:

Registration District:  Hendon

1920 Birth in the Sub-district of Harrow in the County of Middlesex

 

When and here born: ................. Eighth January 1920 - Sunnyside Cecil Park Pinner R.D.

Name: ......................................... Mary Monica
Sex: ............................................. Girl
Name and surname of father: ...  John Barrett
Name of mother: ........................ Margery May Barrett formerly Gibson
Occupation of father: ................. Civil Servant (Patent Office) Ex army
Informant: ................................., J Barrett Father Sunnyside Cecil Park Pinner

 

Monica's father, John Barrett, was born in Ireland and he was in the British military for several years and then was in the reserve.  At the time of the marriage in 1917 John Barrett was listed as a 2nd Lieutenant in special reserve R.G.A. (Royal Garrison Artillery).  By 1920, he retired from the military.

Since 1909, he was working in the Patent Office first as an assistant examiner then as the examiner.  Later John Barrett earned a degree in B. Sc., N. D. A. and he later became a Professor of Mathematics.

Monica's mother, Margery May Gibson, was a daughter of Henry Gibson a very successful Auctioneer and Estate Agent.  Margery was born in St. Albans, Hertfordshire.

John and Margery Barrett were living in Pinner a suburb in the London Borough of Harrow in Greater London.  The area was in the county of Middlesex until 1965 when it became part of Greater London.

Since Monica's parents were married at a Roman Catholic church and that Monica's 1st marriage was also conducted in a Roman Catholic church then it can be said that Monica was raised as a Roman Catholic.

 

Click here:  For more information on Henry Gibson, the grandfather

Click here:  For more information on John Barrett and Margery May Gibson, the parents

 

~ 1922

Monica's sister, Bridget A. Barrett, was born in the 4th quarter (Oct-Nov-Dec) of 1922 in the Hendon registration district of Middlesex.

 

~ Between 1922 and 1924

Somewhere between 1922 and 1924, Monica and her sister, Bridget, moved with the parents from Middlesex to Kingcup Farm in Denham, Buckinghamshire.

 

~ 1922

Monica's grandparents, Henry and Penelope Gibson, bought the Parsonage farm in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.  The Gibson's had the place from 1922 to 1951.

Monica probably spent many times in Hertfordshire there on vacations and Christmas visiting her grandparents.

 

~ 1924

Monica's brother, John P. A. Barrett, was born May 25, 1924 at Kingcup Farm in Denham, Buckinghamshire.

 

~ 1924 to 1928

At Kingcup farm, Monica's father, John Barrett, was now running a farm.

From the age of 4 to 8 years, Monica was exposed to horses, cows, bees (the father was a beekeeper too), and other farm animals at a young age.

This would be where Monica developed her liking of animals.

Most places where she lived from the 1950's to 1970's were places where there were several acres of land and there would be horses that she rode on.  Monica did several artworks later in life with horses, etc.

It is not clear how long after 1928 the Barretts were living at Kingcup farm in Denham, Buckinghamshire.

 

~ 1930's, where was Mary Monica Barrett?

The period of 1928 to 1939 is an area of Monica's life where we do not have information yet.

At the time Monica Barrett married in 1939, she was listed as living at Parsonage Farm in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.

 

~ 1938

Monica's grandmother, Penelope A. Gibson, died at the age of 69 on October 3, 1938 at Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.

 

 

~ Great Britain during World War II

 

~ 1939

Mary Monica Barrett married JOHN SUMMERSELL DAVIS on November 27, 1939 in the Roman Catholic church on Park Road, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.

From the marriage certificate:

Registration District:  Watford

1939.  Marriage solemnized at the Catholic Church, Park Road, Rickmansworth in the District of Watford in the County of Hertford

No. 111

When married.               Twenty seventh November 1939

Name and surname. / Age. / Condition. / Rank or Profession. / Residence at the time of Marriage. /   Father’s Name and Surname. / Rank or Profession of Father.                

John Summersell Davis / 28 years / Bachelor / District Manager (Petroleum Company) / Westcombe Oakwood Avenue Hutton Brentwood / Herbert Summersell Davis / Education Officer (R. A. F.)

Mary Monica Barrett / 19 years / Spinster / ------- / Parsonage Farm Rickmansworth / John Barrett / Civil Servant (Patent Office)

Married in the Catholic Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Roman Catholics by Licence by me, Cyril Aloysius Smith Catholic Priest

This Marriage was solemnized between us,
J. S. Davis          Mary Monica Barrett

in the Presence of us,
Margery May Barrett       H. Beauchamp R. A. F.

 

John Summersell Davis was born ca. 1911 and a son of Herbert Summersell Davis.

His father was a teacher and he then spent most of his life in the British Army and then the Royal Air Force as an Education Officer.

Monica's husband, John Summersell Davis, was living in Hutton, Essex and was a District Manager for a Petroleum Company.

 

~ August 1941

Monica's father-in-law, Herbert Summersell Davis, was killed in a motor accident on August 1, 1941 in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.  He was a Squadron Leader in the R.A.F.

From the newspaper, The Times, August 12, 1941:

Deaths.

On Active Service

DAVIS. - On Aug. 1, 1941, at Cirencester, killed in motor accident, SQUADRON LEADER HERBERT SUMMERSELL DAVIS.

 

Squadron Leader Herbert Summersell Davis was riding a motorcycle and came into a collision with an Army lorry at a cross-roads.

There was an inquest held to invested the accident.

From the newspaper, Cheltenham Chronicle, Saturday, August 9, 1941:

CRASH AT CORNER

INQUEST ON MOTOR CYCLIST AGED 63

A verdict of "Accidental death" was returned by Mr. R. Russell Smith, the Stroud Coroner, at an inquest at Cirencester on Monday, on Squadron - Leader Herbert Summersell Davis, aged 63, an Educational Officer, of Oxford Lodge, Banbury-road, Bicester.

Squadron Leader Davis was killed at the Preston Toll Bar cross-roads, near Cirencester, on Friday afternoon, as the result of a collision between the motor-cycle he was riding and an Army lorry.

Squadron Leader S. W. Richards, senior chaplain, said that he saw Squadron Leader Davis on Friday just before he was going on a week-end leave.  Squadron Leader Davis could ride a motor-cycle, but witness did not know how long he had been riding one.

DID NOT STOP

Col. Edward Walter Sprot (retired), of Preston House, said that he was motoring from South Cerney on the afternoon of Friday last, and as he was approaching the Preston Toll Bar cross-roads he saw a motor-cyclist about 20 yards in front of him.  It was not possible to see traffic coming along the main road from Cirencester.

The motor-cyclist did not stop, and went straight over the main road.  As the motor-cyclist got on the main road an Army lorry approached from the direction of Cirencester, and the lorry and motor-cycle came into collision.

The lorry took the motor-cycle and the rider about 20 yards up the main road.  When the lorry stopped the motor-cycle and rider were under the off side front wheel of the lorry.  The lorry was on its correct side of the road, and was going at a reasonable pace.

The driver of the lorry had no chance of avoiding the motor-cyclist.  There was a white line on the South Cerney side of the cross-roads as well as a halt sign.

Col. Sprot asking if a strong appeal could be made for the removal of a shed by the cross-roads.

IMPROVMENTS POSTPONED

Mr. Frank Idiens, Divisional Surveyor to the Gloucestershire County Council, said that a scheme was prepared some time ago for improving the corner at the cross-roads and widening the bridge nearby, but owing to national emergency the work had been postponed until after the war.

Dr. H. J. Grove White, of Cirencester, said that Squadron Leader Davis was dead when he saw him on Friday afternoon.  His principle injuries were a broken neck, a broken leg, broken shoulder, and a broken jaw.  Death was due to multiple injuries.

Corpl. Hy. L. Hart said that he was sitting next to the driver of the Army lorry.  They had been travelling about 30 m.p.h., but slackened speed on approaching the cross-roads.  They were travelling on their correct side of the road and did not see the motor-cyclist until he came on to the main road.  There was no possibility of avoiding him.

P.C. Trull, of Cirencester, gave road measurements and other evidence, and added that the corner was practically blind coming from the direction of Cirencester.

 

~ also in August 1941

Mary Monica Davis wanted to do her part in helping the country in its war effort during World War II.  She joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force during World War II.

On August 25, 1941, Mary Monica Davis was granted commissions for the duration of the war as Assistant Section Officers on probation.  Her number was 2787.

From the newspaper, The London Gazette, 12 September 1941:

Page 5313

Women's Auxiliary Air Force.

The undermentioned are granted commissions for the duration of hostilities as Assistant Section Officers on probation. 25th Aug. 1941: -

(among others)

Mary Monica DAVIS (2787).

 

~ 1942

On August 25, 1942, Mary Monica Davis was promoted from Assistant Section Officer to that of Section Officer in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.  Her number was 2787.

From the newspaper, The London Gazette, November 17 (or 20?), 1942:

Page 5049 & 5050  Supplement to the London Gazette, 20 November, 1942

Women's Auxiliary Air Force.

Asst. Sec. Offs. (prob.) confmd. in appts. and to be Sec. Offs. (war subs.):-

 25th Aug. 1942.

(among others)

M. M. DAVIS (2787).

 

There was a M. M. Davis who on September 15, 1942 got promoted from Assistant Section Officer to that of Section Officer in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force that was listed in the London Gazette for November 1942.

But this woman's number was 3067.  I don't know if our Mary Monica Davis was assigned a new number when she was promoted or this is another M. M. Davis or if there was an error in the newspaper's part.

From the newspaper, The London Gazette, November 10 (or 13?), 1942:

Page 4938  Supplement to the London Gazette, 13 November, 1942

Women's Auxiliary Air Force.

Asst. Sec. Offs. (prob.) confmd. in appts. and to be Sec. Offs. (war subs.):-

 15th Sept. 1942.

(among others)

M. M. DAVIS (3067).

 

~ also in 1942

Monica's sister, Bridget Barrett, married Michael J. Cavanan in the 4th quarter (Oct-Nov-Dec) of 1942 in the Eton registration district of Buckinghamshire.

 

~ 1943

As with the previous record in 1942, there was another entry for April 1943 of a M. M. Davis with the number of 3067 in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.

If it is our Mary Monica Davis, then this was when she resigned her commission in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force on April 9, 1943.

From the newspaper, The London Gazette, April 23 (or 27?), 1943:

Page 1912  Supplement to the London Gazette, 27 April, 1943

Women's Auxiliary Air Force.

To resign their commns. :-

Sec. Offs. :-

(among others)

M. M. DAVIS (3067).  9th Apr. 1943.

 

~ 1945

Monica's husband, John Summersell Davis, died at the age of 34 on Tuesday 6 Nov 1945 at the Sligo House, Wellington Road in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

The newspaper says he died suddenly after a brief illness.

 

From the England & Wales, Death Index:

Name:                                 John S Davis
Date:                                   Oct-Nov-Dec 1945
Age:                                     34
Registration District:      Cheltenham
County:                              Gloucestershire
Volume:                             6a
Page:                                  451

 

From the newspaper, The Times, Friday, November 9, 1945:

DEATHS

DAVIS. - On Nov. 6, 1945, at Sligo House, Wellington Road, Cheltenham, suddenly, after brief illness, JOHN SUMMERSELL DAVIS,  aged 34 years.

 

~ March 1946

Administration of John Summersell Davis' estate was granted to Mrs. Monica Mary Davis on March 8, 1946.

From the England & Wales, National Probate Calendar for 1946:

Page 649

1946

DAVIS  John Summersell of Sligo House Pittville Cheltenham died 6 November 1945  Administration Gloucester 8 March to Monica Mary Davis widow.

Effects  £1754 9s. 4d.

 

This record is the first that I came across where her name is now "Monica Mary" rather than "Mary Monica".

 

~ July 1946

Monica's father, John Barrett, on July 4, 1946 in Godrecynen, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales.

From the newspaper, The Times, Saturday, July 6, 1946

BARRETT. - On July 4, 1946, at Godrecynen, Carmarthen, JOHN BARRETT, B.Sc., N.D.A. (late examiner, H.M. Patent Office), beloved husband of Margery, aged 61 years.

 

~ 1946 to 1948

The widow, Mary Monica Davis, was still living at the Sligo House, Wellington Road, Cheltenham.

From the British Phone books:

1946, Image No. 919
Page 31

Davis Mrs. M, Sligo ho Wellington rd Pittville….. Cheltenham  2538

 

1948, Image No. 36
Page 34

Davis Mrs. M, Sligo ho Wellington rd Pittville….. Cheltenham  2538

 

~ 1948

Mary Monica Davis put the Sligo House in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire up for sale and when it was sold she had the furnitures and items of the house put up for auction.

This would end the Cheltenham, Gloucestershire part of Monica's life.

 

From the newspaper, Cheltenham Chronicle, Saturday March 27, 1948:

HOUSES, LAND, ETC TO BE LET OR SOLD

COPELAND.  Sligo House, Wellington Rd., Pittville, Chelt. Substantial detd. residence for sale, 4 bedrooms, dressingroom, diningroom, morning-room, level kitchen, walled garden; main services; possn. by arrangement. - Details from Agent, 6 Regent-street, Chelt. 'Phones 2925/2934.  CP2865

 

From the newspaper, Cheltenham Chronicle, Saturday, May 1, 1948:

"SLIGO HOUSE,"

WELLINGTON ROAD, CHELTENHAM

R. VIVIAN COPELAND, F.A.I.

Having sold the Property, is instructed by Mrs. M. Davis to Sell by Auction at the above on Tuesday, May 4th, 1948, at 11.0 a.m., the Excellent Furnishings, including a pair of Antique Pattern Oak Twin Bedsteads with Box Spring Mattresses, Antique Mahogany Chests of Drawers and ditto Bureau, fine quality Axminster & Oriental Carpets & Rugs, Oak Gate-leg and Draw-leaf Dining Tables, Antique Warming Pans, Wheel Barometer, and ornamental items, Oil Paintings, Dinner Service, table china glass, cutlery and plate, kitchen cabinet store cupboards, etc.

On view Monday, May 3rd, 1948, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Catalogues (Price 3d.) from the Auctioneer's Office, Regent Chambers, 6 Regent Street Cheltenham, Telephone No. 2925/2934, or at the Sale.   C1403

 

~ somewhere between 1948 and 1950

 

It is not clear where Monica Davis went to after she sold the Sligo House in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

 

PETER EARLE BARNES

 

We do not know how and where Mary Monica Davis met Peter Earle Barnes.

Peter was a Squadron leader in the Royal Air Force during World War II.

He was a Master and Huntman for several Hunts and was also a farmer.

During the period of 1947 to 1950, Peter Earle Barnes was the Master of the United Hunt, the kennels were located at Trefed, Meifod, Montgomeryshire. 

Peter was also the Master of the Hunt at Teme Valley Hunt for the season of 1948 to 1949, the kennels were at Knighton, Radnorshire.

 

Mary Monica Davis and Peter Earle Barnes began living together as a married couple.

 

It is most likely Peter Earle Barnes left his wife previous wife and didn't want to be found.  It is not known if he was legally divorced from her.

This would explain why Peter (and later Mary Monica while she was with Peter) never had his phone number listed in the Phone Books of the period.

And when Mary Monica was living with Peter she had her last name changed from Davis to Barnes by deed poll (record of it not found yet).

 

Click here -- to read more about Peter Earle Barnes

 

~ 1950

Next we have Peter and Mary Monica Barnes living in Northamptonshire.

According to the birth certificate of their son, Peter Earle Barnes and Mary Monica Barnes were living at the Roake House in Brigstock, Northamptonshire in 1950.

Peter was a Master of Fox Hounds and a Farmer.

 

~ 1950 to 1952

Peter Earle Barnes was the Master at the Woodland Pytchley Hunt for the seasons of 1950 to 1952.  They mainly used hounds.

The area of the hunt was situated in Northamptonshire and the area is about 20 miles North to South and about 18 miles West to East.  The kennels were at Brigstock, Northamptonshire.

From the book, Baily's Hunting Directory 1952-1953:

Pages 181-182

(star) WOODLAND PYTCHLEY

Distinctive Collar - White.  Evening Dress - Scarlet, collar and facings of white watered silk, Hunt buttons.

Kennels - Brigstock, Kettering.

The country, which lies in Northants, extends some 20 miles in greatest length N. to S. and about 18 in greatest breath E. to W.  On the N. it adjoins the Cottesmore and the Fernie; on the W. the Pytchley; on the S. the Pytchley and Oakley, and on the E. the Fitzwilliam.

Former Masters - …. S /Ldr. P. E. Barnes, 1950-52.

 

~ 1951

Monica's grandfather, Henry Gibson, died at the age of 87 years on August 11, 1951 at Parsonage Farm, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.

 

~ 1952

In 1952, Peter and Mary Monica Barnes moved from Northamptonshire to Wiltshire.

Peter Earle Barnes became the Master at the Wilton Hunt beginning in the season of 1952 in Salisbury, Wiltshire.  They mainly used hounds.

The area of the hunt was situated in Wiltshire, Hampshire, and Dorset, it extended 30 miles north to south and by 16 miles east to west.

The kennels were at Salisbury, Wiltshire.

From the book, Baily's Hunting Directory 1952-1953:

Page 227-228

(star) WILTON

Distinctive Collar - Plain.  Evening Dress - Red, white facings, dark blue collar.

Master and Huntsman - (1952) Sq./Ldr. P. E. Barnes, Manor Farm, Broad Chalke, Wilts.  T.N. - Broadchalke 230.

Kennels - Wilton, Salisbury.  T.N. - Wilton 3156.

Meet - Wednesday and Saturday.

The country, including the portions lent each year by year by the New Forest Hunt and the Portman, lies in Wilts, Hants, and Dorset; it extends about 30 miles N. to S. by 16 miles E. to W.

 

Peter E. Barnes was to be the master and huntsman for several years, possibly until 1957 or later ?

Peter and Monica Barnes made their home at the Manor Farm in Broad Chalke, Wiltshire.

 

 

~ The Manor Farm, Broadchalke

 

Photo from the website: Manor Farm Broadchalke

 

It is now a nice Bed and Breakfast place to stay at.

 

 

~ 1952 to 1953

As mentioned above in the Wilton Hunt of Salisbury, Wiltshire that some areas of the Wilton Hunt is leased from the New Forest Hunt of Hampshire.

It is probably by this connection that Monica Barnes got her first chance to be a Master of a hunt.

Mrs. P. E. Barnes with Bryan L. Day were Masters of the New Forest Beagles in Hampshire for the season of 1952 to 1953.  They mainly used beagles.

From the book, Baily's Hunting Directory 1952-1953:

On page 345-346

New Forest Beagles

Uniform - Green coat and stockings, white breeches, black velvet cap.

Jt. Masters - (1952) Mrs. P. E. Barnes, Manor Farm, Broad Chalke, Wilts. T.N. - Broad Chalke 230; and B. L. Day, Esq., Rose Cottage, Hawkslease, Lyndhurst, Hants.  T. N. - Lyndhurst 168.

16 1/2 couples of hounds, 15 1/2-inch Stud Book Beagles.

Kennels - Bartley, Cadnam, Southampton.

Meet - Wednesday and Saturday.

The country is mainly moorland, though parts of the big woodlands are hunted, and outlying agricultural land by invitation.  A very rough country, that nearly always carries a scent when really wet.  Best centres: Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst and Burley, but any locality on or S. of the line Bournemouth-Salisbury-Romsey-Southampton is within easy range.

 

~ 1953

In 1953, the relationship between Peter and Mary Monica Barnes have fell apart.

Mary Monica Barnes married Robert English in 1953.  In the marriage certificate she listed herself as a 'widow'.

Peter E. Barnes actually lived until 2002.

 

~ 1953 to 1957

And starting in 1953, Peter E. Barnes faced financial problems with creditors as some bankruptcy proceedings against him was posted in the London Gazette in 1953 and lasted until 1957.

There were several entries in the London Gazette where Peter Earle Barnes was forced to go through bankruptcy by some creditors from 1953 to 1957.   But because they are similar to each other concerning the same case, I only below list one from 1953 and one for 1957.

At the time in 1953 and 1957 Peter E. Barnes was listed as a Huntsman of Wilton Hunt Kennels in Salisbury, Wiltshire and lately residing at Manor Farm in Broadchalke, Wiltshire.  And in the same time carrying on business at Marehay Farm in Ratlinghope, Shropshire.

 

From the London Gazette, 31 March 1953:

Page 1836

No. 579.  BARNES, Peter Earle, of Wilton Hunt Kennels, Salisbury, in the county of
Wilts, Huntsman, lately residing at Manor Farm, Broadchalke, in the county of Wilts, and formerly residing and carrying on business at Marehay Farm, Ratlinghope, in the county of Salop, as a FARMER.

Court - Salisbury.  Date of Filing Petetion - March 6, 1953.  No. of Matter - 2 of 1953.  Date of Receiving Order - March 26, 1953.  No. of Receiving Order - 1. Whether Debtor's or Creditor's Petition - Creditor's.  Act of Bankruptcy proved in Creditor's Petition - Section 1-1 (G.), Bankruptcy Act 1914.

 

From the London Gazette, 20 December 1957:

Page 7480

BARNES, Peter Earle, of Wilton Hunt Kennels, Salisbury, in the county of
Wilts, HUNTSMAN, lately residing at Manor Farm, Broadchalke, in the said county of Wilts, and formerly residing and carrying on business at Marehay Farm, Ratlinghope, in the county of Salop, as a FARMER.

Court - Salisbury. No. of Matter - 2 of 1953.  Amount per £ - 7s. 0 5/8d. First or Final, or otherwise - First and Final.  When Payable - 30th Dec., 1957.  Where Payable - Official Reciever's Office, 54, Endless Street, Salisbury, Wilts.

 

On February 2, 2012, I received a reply to my email to the current owners of Manor Farm in Broadchalke which is now a that you can place to stay and dine.

It does show the toll of the bankruptcy proceedings was taking on Peter Earle Barnes.

From the email dated February 2, 2012:

Bill

Sorry for the delay in replying but I had to get some info from my mother who is better informed! 

My grandfather did buy Manor Farm in 1947, but at the time was living & working elsewhere.  During the period between 1947 to 1960ish the house was let out to various tenants.

My mother has only limited memories as she was in her teens at the time (and was probably not very interested!), however she let me know the following:

Peter Barnes was not a relation to us.

While he lived here his rent was paid by the Wilton hunt where he was Huntsman.

He left in a hurry (no memory of the reason).

He never had any money and he took the light bulbs when he left!!

Sorry not to provide much further info but that is all I've found out.

Regards     [ - for privacy the name withheld - ]

 

~ 1952 to 1953

As it is shown above that Monica Mary Barnes was in the New Forest areas of Hampshire.

Her next husband, Robert English, has been in the New Forest after the war until 1948. 

Monica's father, John Barrett, was born in Ireland and was in the British Army for several years and then he was working in the Patent Office in London and then became a Professor of Mathematics.

Margaret Stafford Robinson, the widow of Noel who was killed in action during World War I, was born in Ireland, a daughter of Sir John B. Johnson.  From the 1920's to 1943, Mrs. Stafford Robinson with her daughter and son lived in the New Forest village of Burley, Hampshire.

Burley is a small village and it is most likely that the family often went to Christchurch and Highcliffe for social, entertainment, and shopping.

It is possible that Mrs. Stafford Robinson being a daughter of a Knight and she being a war widow, may have been invited or participated in events that were held at Christchurch and Highcliffe.  Her paths may have crossed with Dorothy (Clutterbuck) Fordham and others.

Mrs. Stafford Robinson's daughter became Robert English's first wife in 1940.

And her son, Peter Weir Noel Stafford Robinson, later changed his name to Peter Weir.  In 1949, he wrote a book "The Island" and in 1974 there was a play written by him "Glasstown: a play".

Is it possible that as a teenager Peter Weir visited the Rosicrucian's Christchurch Garden Theatre in the 1930's to 1940's?  And perhaps got inspired to be a writer and playwright partly from that place?

 

Gerald Brosseau Gardner (1884 - 1964)

Did Monica somehow meet Gerald Gardner when she was in the New Forest in the early 1950's?

From 1939 to 1944, Gerald B. Gardner was listed as in Highcliffe, Hampshire according to the British Phone books.

And from 1945 to 1951, Gerald B. Gardner was listed at 47 Ridgemount Gardens in London in the British Phone books.

After that he was living in the Isle of Man.

But the following proves that Gerald Gardner from time to time visited Edith Woodford-Grimes in Highcliffe, Hampshire even when he was not living in Highcliffe permanently anymore.

In a passenger list for 1951, Gerald Gardner was listed as living at Avenue Cott. 22, Avenue Rd. Highcliffe, Hampshire.

There was a Mr. G. B. Gardner, age 66, and Mrs. E. Gardner, age 63, that were on a ship, "R.M.S. Orion", that departed from Gibraltar and arrived at Liverpool on March 5, 1951.

From the passenger list of the ship R. M. S. Orion:

Name of Ship ......................................................................... R. M. S. "Orion"
Port of Arrival......................................................................... Tilbury
Date of Arrival .....................................................................  5th March 1951
Steamship Line ..................................................................... Orient Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.
Whence Arrived .................................................................... Sydney via Columbo & Suez
Port of Embarkation ............................................................ Gibraltar
Port at which Passengers have been landed ........................ Tilbury

Number .................................................................................505
Name .................................................................................... Gardner  Mr G B
Class ...................................................................................... First
Age .......................................................................................  66
Proposed Address in the United Kingdom. ........................  Avenue Cott. 22, Avenue Rd. Highecliffe, Hants
Profession, Occupation .... ..................................................  Retired
Country of last Permanent Residence. ................................ England
Country of Intended Future Permanent Residence. ........... England

Number .................................................................................506
Name .................................................................................... Gardner  Mrs E
Class ...................................................................................... First
Age .......................................................................................  63
Proposed Address in the United Kingdom. ........................    - do -
Profession, Occupation .... ..................................................  H D
Country of last Permanent Residence. ................................ England
Country of Intended Future Permanent Residence. ........... England

 

Note that the wife is listed as "Mrs. E. Gardner".  This is not his wife Dorothea.

This is Edith Woodford-Grimes.

And from the British Phone Books, Edith Woodford-Grimes was listed at the Avenue Cottage address in Christchurch for years.

From the British Phone Books for 1951:

1951, Image No. 528

Page 200

Woodford-Grimes Mrs. E, Avenue cottage ……………………………….…………. Highcliffe  75

 

 

Depending on when did Monica first meet Robert English and if she somehow knew the Stafford Robinson family earlier, she could have met Gerald Gardner earlier than the early 1950's.

But for now we have proof of Monica being in the New Forest area in 1952 to 1953.

Later (in the 1956 to 1957 period) below you will learn that Monica liked to sunbath in the nude a lot.

Gerald Gardner was a naturist and went to naturist clubs.  There were some in the New Forest areas.

That could be one way of how Monica met Gerald Gardner in 1952-1953 or later on.

 

~ 1953

In 1953, at the time of Monica's marriage to Robert English, she was living in Dormy Cottage in Old Hustanton, Norfolk.  This was mentioned in the marriage certificate.

 

~ Dormy Cottage

From a tourism website online Birds Norfolk Holiday Homes:

Here are recent pictures of Dormy Cottage in Old Hustanton, Norfolk.

 

It is currently a place that you can lodge in.

 

After Robert and Monica got married, Dormy Cottage became the place where his father, Irvin M. D. English, lived.

From the British Phone Books:

For the year 1955

Original Page No. 64

English I. M. D,
Dormy cottage Old Hunstanton ................................... Hunstanton  420
Storm Haven Wodehouse rd Old Hunstanton............. Hunsteanton  167

 

For the year 1957

Original Page No. 70

English I. M. D,
Dormy cottage Old Hunstanton ................................... Hunstanton  420
Storm Haven Wodehouse rd Old Hunstanton............. Hunsteanton  167

 

Robert' s father also had another place in Old Hunstanton called Storm Haven at Wodehouse road.

 

~ 1953

Monica Mary (Barrett) Barnes married ROBERT GRAHAM GODFREY ENGLISH  on August 15, 1953 in the Register Office in King's Lynn, Norfolk.

From the marriage certificate:

Registration District:  King's Lynn
1953.  Marriage solemnized at The Register Office in the District of King's Lynn in the County of Norfolk

No. 33

When married                 Fifteenth August 1953

Name and surname       Robert Graham Godfrey English
Mary Monica Barnes (name changed by Deed Poll)

Age                                                             35 years                                              33 years
Condition                                                 Previous Marriage dissolved.         Widow
Rank or profession                                 Manager for Timber Merchants.       -
Residence at the time of marriage      The Bridge House, Gayton.            Dormy Cottage, Old Hustanton.
Father’s name and surname                 Irwine Marcus Douglas English    John Byrnes Barrett deceased.
Rank or profession of father                Timber Merchant. (retired)             Professor of Mathematics.

Married in the Register Office by Licence before E.T. [Quisce] Deputy Superintendent Registrar.  J. H. Wilson Registrar.

This marriage was solemnized between us,
R. G. G. English          Monica M. Barnes.

in the presence of us,
I. M. D. English       C. V. English

From the marriage certificate we find that Robert English is not in the Royal Air Force, he is a civilian now.

He was a Manager for Timber Merchants.

It is not known when he acquired The Bridge House but at the time of his marriage to Monica in August 1953 he was living there.

 

Click here:  for more information about Robert G. G. English family

 

~ Bridge House in Gayton, Norfolk

From a tourism website online A1 Tourism:

The Bridge House in Gayton as it appears these days.

 

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"About Bridge House

Truly a house of character.  Parts of the house date back to the late 18th Century but over the years there have been many additions and alterations.  It is on the Southern edge of Gayton, only a few minutes' walk from the centre of the village.... The grounds extended to 3 acres of trees, shrubs, lawn and orchard for guests relaxation and enjoyment."

The Bridge House is currently a Bed & Breakfast place that you can lodge at.

So you can stay over at the place where Robert and Monica English lived in the 1950's to 1960's.

 

It is in 1953 when Robert and Monica English were living as a married couple in Gayton, Norfolk.

Robert English would be 36 years old, a former Royal Air Force Officer and now a Manager for Timber Merchants and Monica a beautiful 32 years old Master of the Hunt in Gayton.

 

~ 1953 & 1955

Monica English became listed as a "Master" in Baily's Hunting directory starting in 1953 and also her husband Robert became listed as a "Huntsman" starting in 1955  (see below at 1963).

 

~ 1953 to 1970

The English family lived in Gayton, Norfolk from 1953 to 1970

 

From the British Telephone Books covering Norfolk:

For the Year 1954

1954 -- Image No. 542 -- Original Page No. 62

English R. G. G, Bridge ho ...................... Gayton  223

 

The listing is exactly the same for the following years -- 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1969, and 1970.

 

~ 1956 to 1957

The American Family in the upstairs of the Bridge House

 

In October of 2011, I received an email from a person named Peter who knew Monica English 55 years ago at the time when he was a 10 to 11 year old boy and was living with his parents and sister at the Bridge House.

They moved into the Bridge House in October 1956.

We then exchanged several emails and Peter then mentioned about some details of the time and sent some pictures of the Bridge House.

 

From the emails from Peter:

 

Our family was a military family and as many of them do, we were sent to many places around the world in the 1950's.

My father was in the U.S. Air Force.  He was a nuclear weapons specialist. He was transferred from an air base in Louisiana to RAF station Sculthorpe in Norfolk England.

When he was transferred to RAF station Sculthorpe, my parents chosen the Bridge House in Gayton, Norfolk to live in.

I was a young boy 10 years old when my younger sister and parents moved into a converted apartment on the 2nd floor of the Bridge House in October of 1956.

This "apartment" faced the front of the home and consisted of 3 bedrooms and living room, kitchen and bath.  Bridge House was (and still is I believe) a very large home. Extra income was apparently needed by the English family.   We live there for almost a year until moving elsewhere in England.

Residing in the home were the owners, Robert & Monica English with their son; a housekeeper Joan O'Neil and her son James (Jimmy), who was about 9 or 10 years old at the time.  Monica's son was about 6 or 7 years old in 1956.

I recall a visit by Robert's (other) two children: a son and a daughter, whose name I do not recall.

In any event, Monica's son, Jimmy and I were great chums and mates, having the run of the estate.

The Bridge House had many beagles and hounds in the kennels located in the back.  Also there was a horse belonging to Monica named "B-B".

Hunting was one of their interests, one event of which I participated in with them.  Robert seemed to be the organizer of the hunts and friends of theirs would also participate.  Not much fun on my part; I had to run through the fields after those dogs....

I have this memory (among others) of Monica English very busy with the dogs, wearing Wellington boots and a trench coat, smoking cigarettes.  I believe I have her business card in regards to the business of dog breeding.  Have to try and find that.

Monica was an avid painter.  Being 10 years old, the paintings did not impress me...they do now.

My sister has a book in her possession today.  The title is "How to Draw Horses", by John Skeaping.  Signed on the inside cover is "Mary Monica Davis 1941".  It was a gift from Monica to my mother.

Mrs. English painted and had her "studio" in a room on the first floor, right side of the house.  If one was facing and looking at the front of the house, the studio was the room (with windows) on the far right side.

My recollection of Monica:  Well, the previously written descriptions of her are very much her.  (Lois Bourne mentioned her as with honey coloured, wavy hair, grey-green cat’s eyes, long tapering fingers and a cultivated voice).

For a 10 year old boy, I have not forgotten how she looked.  Attractive; yes.  Sexy; more so.  She was very much a contemporary woman for that time.

Monica enjoyed sunbathing in the nude.  Jimmy O'Neil and I found a great vantage point to watch her.  Well, I thought it was a great vantage point until she caught us.  She had quite the body.

A man her age would often drive up the driveway in a brand new 1956 gull wing Mercedes and they would leave together.  I recall my parents and Joan O'Neil having some adult conversations regarding these events.  My recollection is that his name was "Mr. Fontaine".

Mr. Fontaine, I would think he would have been a local person (Norfolk anyway).  I would guess that he could be best described, as the Brits would say, "dashing".  Also must have had some wealth to be driving the car he had.

After reading about Monica dancing skyclad in the coven meetings…  I was not sure what "dancing skyclad" meant until I looked it up today.  The nude sunbathing now makes sense.  I always wondered if it was for the benefit of "Mr Fontaine", but I'm now thinking differently.

Monica seemed to be very much the individual in charge at The Bridge House.  Her presence dominated the home.  Despite the fact that we also resided there, it was made very clear by Monica as to where our boundaries were, though I was guilty of many trespasses.  And we always referred to her as Mrs. English.

My recollection of Robert:  A very proper, engaging, pleasant English gentleman.  We were aware of his past service in the RAF.  He had in his study his flying helmet and goggles.  His presence in the home I guess would best be described as elusive.

Both Robert and Monica enjoyed having parties at the Bridge House.  They were lively and boisterous events.

My mother had a great time at one of those parties with all the noises, foods and drinks that were offered at the party and clearly recalled the party despite the number of drinks consumed.

Monica's bedroom (another one of my trespasses) was a bedroom that I had never experienced in the past, nor have encountered since.  I am not certain how to describe it, partly due to memory and the other part due to a "what can you say" moment.

There was more than a few throw or scatter rugs on the floor that were made out of black and white cow skin/hide/fur.  Also a hot water bottle (and who did not have one of those in your bed a night) covered in the same kind of fur or whatever you would call it.

You know, I could understand a bear skin or a zebra skin or something, but a cow??  

Strange and I think that word could best sum up her bedroom.

I have this sense that Robert did not share this bedroom, but I cannot find in my memory another bedroom for him.  Joan O'Neil had her own bedroom in the servants wing of the house and Monica's son and Jimmy shared a bedroom in that same wing.

Monica had a special dog named "Lottie".

Yes, I believe Lottie was a house dog and a memorable event is Mrs. English calling for her with her British accent.  It was kind of a private joke in our family.

The dog with Robert's son in the picture is I think is our dog.  A Norfolk Terrier.  Monica also had a Norfolk Terrier.  She bred it and it had a litter, of which we bought (?) one; she sold the rest.

There were a "Mr. Foster" and a "Bern" who were often visiting the Englishes when we were there.  I do not know if they were just close friends or family members.

 I happened to find your well written and researched information regarding the "Witch of Gayton" yesterday.  I was totally surprised about this side of Mrs. English.  My sister and I have been burning up the phone lines since.

I wish I could provide to you some information regarding this topic.  I know my parents did not know any of this either.  Oh, how I wish they were alive.  They would remember so much more than I and have some great stories to tell about them.

But what an interesting side of Monica!  I can just see her and it fits!

 

Some Questions and Answers:

 

1.     Did Mr. and Mrs. English leave the place a lot?

My recollection of M/M English going out frequently ?  they seem to be away from the house more than at home.   That would be my best answer.  It is possible that they arrived home and we as kids were not aware of their return home.

 

2.     Have you seen Gerald Gardner as a guest at the Bridge House ? ( a couple of photos of Gerald Gardner was sent to Peter for him to view)

No, I would have remembered that dude.

 

3.     Did any Roman Catholic priest or official ever visits the Bridge House when you were there?

Nope.

 

4.     Did Monica put on music a lot ?  Did she put on music when she paints her art work?

Do not recall any music; just some parties...plenty of alcohol and noise.

 

5.    You mentioned earlier that Monica looks like "as reported", did you mean the description of her given in the Mike Howard article which mentioned that Monica "had honey coloured, wavy hair, grey-green cat’s eyes, long tapering fingers and a cultivated voice" ?  (this would be Lois Bourne's description of Monica).

Exactly!  Whoever provided that description knew her well.

Long tapering fingers,  I cannot say, but everything else  is true.

 

6.     Did Robert and Monica English celebrated with Christmas Parties or did they have a Christmas tree ?

Parties, yes....Christmas, I would not be surprised but have no specific memory of one.

Did not see them with a Christmas tree; however, my sister and I discussed yesterday Christmas at the Bridge House for 1956 or possibly 1957.  No recollection!  We believe that we may have gone to the States for one of those holidays.  Possibly we had moved from the Bridge House by xmas 1957 (moved and lived in Fairford England till 1959).

No pictures from xmas at the Bridge House which makes me think we were not there.

 

7.     Was this one of your best year of your boyhood?  Seeing that you had this great bond with Jimmy and Monica's son.

For sure a memorable time; my father was in the military.  We live all over the world.  Made many friends, but had to leave them behind.

Have kept contact with some of them however.  Unfortunately, not Monica's son or Jimmy. 

Bridge House was an exciting time for us and great memories.  One day, I will return to Bridge House as a guest!

My mother and Joan O'Neill corresponded for awhile, then lost touch.

After travelling around the world for half my life, I returned to my birthplace -Connecticut.  The same place my 3d great grandfather immigrated to from Walsall UK in the early 1800's.

 I am sitting here having a beer maybe five miles from where he enjoyed a beer 180 years ago  :-)

 

 

1956-1957 Photos of Peter's time at the Bridge House with the Englishes.

 

1.  The Bridge House in Gayton, Norfolk.

 

 

2.  The Bridge House in the winter time.

 

 

3.  In front of the Bridge house, left to right:  Peter, Jimmy O'Neil, Peter's sister, and Monica English's son.

 

 

4.  From left to right: Jimmy O'Neil, Joan O'Neil and Monica English's son.

 

 

5.  Robert English's son with Peter's family dog, a Norfolk Terrier.

 

 

6.  Robert English with an unidentified girl at the beagles' kennel at the back of the house.

 

 

7.  The front of the Bridge House, left to right Robert English's son and daughter.  Monica English's art studio was in the room with the window on the far right of the ground floor.

 

 

8.  In front of the Bridge House:  From left to right:  Mr. Foster, Robert English, Peter, Bern, and Peter's sister.  Getting ready to go on the hunting trip.

 

 

9.  Getting ready to go on the hunting trip, left to right: Monica English, Bern, Monica's dog Lottie, Peter's sister and Peter.

 

 

10.  A close up of the previous picture, left to right: Monica English, Bern, Monica's dog Lottie, Peter's sister and Peter.

 

 

We are grateful for Peter for sharing with us about his time at the Bridge House and for the pictures.

 

 

 

"Mr. Fontaine"

In searching the British phone books of the 1950's to 1960's, I was able to located the elusive "Mr. Fontaine".

I came across an Andrew Fountaine who was living at Narford Hall in Norfolk.  This place was only 4 miles away from Gayton where Robert and Monica English were living.

 

Andrew Fountaine  (1918 - 1997) 

Andrew Fountaine was born in a family that had lands in Norfolk for several generations and the family seat was Narford Hall.

In the 1930's, Andrew Fountaine fought in the Spanish Civil War on the side of Francisco Franco.  He became known in the 1950's to 1970's politics of Great Britain.

Narford Hall was sort of a center of activities in the area and there were events including shooting that were held at Narford Hall.   There were kennels at Narford Hall too.

Robert English, was involved with organizing fox hunts and his wife Monica breed and trained beagles and hounds in the 1950's to 1960's Gayton.

The estate of Narford Hall produced timber and Andrew Fountaine did supplied them to Timber merchants.  When Mr. Fountaine retired from politics he spent most of his time planting new trees at Narford Hall.

Robert English came from a long line of Timber Merchants and was a Manager for Timber Merchants in the 1950's.

So there were several ways of how Robert and Monica English may have met Andrew Fountaine.

The Fountaine family of Narford Hall in 2012 have mentioned to me that Robert and Monica English were friends of theirs in the 1950's and 1960's.

 

 

Picture of Narford Hall as it appeared in 2010:

 

Photograph by and copyrighted by Evelyn Simak on www.geograph.org.uk

 

 

The Mr. Foster in the 1956-1957 photograph

He was  Alan Foster who was employed by Andrew Fountaine as an Estate Agent for Narford Hall.  He was an Estate agent for the Fountaines from the 1950's to 1980's.

Mr. Foster was seen at the Bridge House in Gayton several times in the 1956 to 1957 period.  He was a friend of Robert and Monica English.

 

The following is from the British Phone Book for 1957 and it shows Alan Foster and the Fountaines on the same page and it shows that Alan Foster listed at the Estate House at Narford.

From the 1957 Phone Book:

1957, Image No. 620

Page 76

Foster Alan, Estate ho Narford…………………………..………………….. Narborough 260

(on same page)

Fountaine A, Foreman, No. 2 Kennels…………..……………………….. Narborough  341
Fountaine Andrew, Red Lodge Narford………………………………….. Narborough  247
Estate ho Narford…………..………………………………………………… Narborough  260
Fountaine J. B. C, West farm Lawshall………………………………………….. Hartest 240
Fountaine Mrs. L. C. C. D, Narford hall………………………………….. Narborough  244

 

 

From Alan Foster's wife at the time, Mrs. Foster, we learn about the time they had as friends of Bob and Monica English.  She mentioned that they had great parties at the Bridge House.

 

From an email from Mrs. Foster, dated Sunday January 22, 2012:

" I lived at Narford from 1962 until 1984, and knew Monica and Bob English quite well through my ex husband Alan Foster.

We frequently attended parties at Bridge House where the Englishes were extremely hospitable.  The décor was "eccentric" but Monica was of course an artist.  Many of her paintings were displayed, and never gave me any indication of another culture!

Monica's son from one of her previous marriages was educated at a Roman Catholic public school in Ireland.  I never met him and regret that I cannot remember his first name.

The physical descriptions of Monica are correct, medium height, well built, streaked blond hair, very graceful in her movements, never noticed her hands particularly.  She also enjoyed classical music.

I really don't think I can give you any more information, and my ex husband is quite elderly and his memory is extremely compromised. 

He, like me, may not have been aware of anything unusual beyond slightly wild parties, etc, if all this is true."

 

From an email from Mrs. Foster, dated Thursday, January 26, 2012:

"Andrew certainly had a gull wing Merc, and if "Peter" had followed then when he picked Monica up, he would almost certainly have found them propping up the bar in the local hostelry, where they went frequently to meet local people as is the way with normal country villages.  They were drinking friends."

 

Mrs. Foster said she and her husband, Alan, never noticed anything of a secretive nature with Bob and Monica English and Andrew Fountaine that would of gave them any idea of the other culture to be mentioned below.

Mrs. Foster says she doesn't believe it happened.

 

 

The years of the Witches and their Covens

~ 1950's to 1960's

Allegedly, the story is that in the mid 1950's, Monica English and perhaps her husband Robert met with some people who were Witches of the Old Craft Witchcraft in or near Gayton, Norfolk.  Monica and perhaps Robert eventually joined their coven.

In the 1950's, Gerald B. Gardner created a group called Wicca which was a new group that called themselves Witches and they claimed to have historical roots to the old Traditional Witchcraft.

Then allegedly in the late 1950's, the coven in Norfolk became concerned that about Gerald Gardner and the publicity surrounding him and Wicca.  They were fearful of the Old Craft being brought out to the public.

In 1959, Monica English then went and  joined Gerald Gardner's coven at Brickett Wood to find out more about  them. 

Allegedly, there were some members in the Norfolk coven that were disappointed that Monica did this.

 

 

~ Lois Bourne, Margo, Bertram, and the Norfolk Coven

In her book Lois Bourne mentioned about Margo and Bertram.  We now know that "Margo" was Monica English.

 

From the book, Dancing with Witches, 1998, by Lois Bourne:

Chapter Five

 (After Margo have been a member of Gerald Gardner's Brickett Wood coven for a while, she revealed to Lois Bourne, that she was a member of a Norfolk Coven and suggested that Lois join them.  This was ca. 1959 to 1960?)

Page 52

"A few weeks later, Margo and Bertram appeared at my home for tea.

I had been somewhat dazed by her revelations, but the meeting with Bertram was reality.  He was a tall, heavily built man, rather swarthy in appearance, with thick black hair and very dark eyes.  I have always considered dark eyes to be warm, but his were coal black, cool and had a slightly menacing quality; I felt that he could be a formidable opponent if crossed.  He had a very deep voice, well-educated and cultured.  He was a business man by profession and, I learned later, very wealthy.  He drove an expensive-looking car…."

"The visit was pleasant, and our discussions ranged from witchcraft and magic, to music and books, but I was very much aware that he was observing me closely; for my part, I was observing him too.  I gained the impression that he enjoyed a strong alliance with alcohol, and I reflected privately on the condition of his liver.  It would not be true to say that I did not warm up to him, I was wary of him.  He appeared to have a close relationship with Margo, and they were very comfortable together."

 

Chapter Five

(While Lois Bourne was visiting and staying at Margo's place in Norfolk  the first time.  This was ca. spring of 1960?)

Page 54-55

"That night we were invited to dinner with some friends of Margo and her husband.  The house we visited was enormous and was reached down a long and winding drive lined with tall rhododendron bushes (all I could see in the headlights of the car, as it was already dark when we left Margo's home).

The approach to the portal - it was much too grand to be called a mere door - was by ascending a flight of steps to a terrace which surrounded the front of the house.  Lights were blazing from tall windows and music could be heard from inside the house as we were greeted by a butler and escorted to meet our host and hostess.

The hall was lit by tall candles in beautiful antique silver candlesticks, and the room beyond, which was an anteroom, had a marble floor and large oil paintings on the walls, with a minstrel's gallery stretching above them.  I found the size of the place very impressive as we were escorted into the dining-room where about thirty people were gathered.

I was unaccountably shy to be amongst so many strangers, and, although it was a pleasant evening and I gradually relaxed and became more at ease, I was very much aware that I was being observed.  Margo later told me that everyone present was a member of the coven.  On subsequent occasions when I stayed at her home I met other members."

 

Lois Bourne because of her loyalty to Gerald Gardner did not joined the Norfolk coven until a few more years later.

 

Chapter Nine

(After the death of Gerald Gardner in 1964, Lois Bourne then decides to join Margo in her Norfolk coven on the Hallowe'en Festival or Samhain 1964).

Page 99

"The ceremony of my initiation was conducted by Margo, assisted by Bertram. (My original impression of him had been tempered by greater familiarity, and I no longer regarded him as being slightly sinister - although my private observations as to the condition of his liver were unchanged.)"

 

 

The book by Lois Bourne contains more about the Norfolk coven and about Margo (Monica English).

Lois visited her several times and called her a teacher, etc.  And you get an idea of the knowledge that Margo had.  Lois said that Margo was a gifted psychic.

Lois also mentioned in the book that she had (hopefully she didn't throw them out) letters from Margo and notebooks of her teachings.

You need to get a copy of the book "Dancing with Witches".

 

 

Michael Howard wrote an article about Monica English.  From it we can see some of the personal side of Monica English.

He mentioned about Cottie Burland and Lois Bourne who mentioned about Monica in their books and speeches.

It is an interesting read as we get an idea about how Monica look like and the way she was with people and about her art works and also about how the Old Craft coven that she was part of and her infiltration of Gerald Gardner's coven.

 

From the article, "A Very English Witch" by Michael Howard, 2010?

In 1967 the late Cottie Burland, who worked for the British Museum for many years, wrote a book called The Magical Arts. In it he published a pencil or charcoal drawing of the god Pan and credited it to an artist called Monica English.

Ten years later the present writer attended a talk given by Burland at the annual Quest Conference and he mentioned this artist again.

Burland said he had personally known Monica English when she had been a member of Gerald Gardner's coven at Brickett Wood in the early 1960's.

.... English also belonged to an ‘old’ coven in Norfolk and Burland went on to describe this group.  He said they used very little ritual as such and met in each other’s houses to dance and raise power.  The (male) leader of the group stood in the centre of the circle to project or direct the power raised. Their last ‘Master’ was a Roman Catholic [sic] who had died a few years before.

Other members of the coven, Burland related, included “poor farming folk” who wanted nothing to do with other witches and kept themselves to themselves. This faction were allegedly quite annoyed that English had gone off and joined Gardner’s coven because they did not regard him as a “real witch”."

One interesting fact mentioned by Burland in his talk was that the coven used a grey goose feather as a symbol and for passing messages.

Nothing more was said about Monica English until the publication in 1998 of Lois Bourne’s autobiography Dancing with Witches (Robert Hale).

Bourne had been a leading member of the Brickett Wood coven in the late 1950s and knew English.  She describes her as ‘the aristocratic witch’ and calls her ‘Margo’ in the book.

She says English was aged about forty in 1959 and had honey coloured, wavy hair, grey-green cat’s eyes, long tapering fingers and a cultivated voice.  She also ‘exuded a strong sexual attraction’ and the male members of the coven (if you will excuse the obvious pun!), including Gardner, were fascinated by her.

When she danced skyclad with the coven in the ‘witch’s cottage’ at Brickett Wood and made wild vocal calls, Bourne says owls from miles away came to gather on the roof and answer her. Strange shapes and shadows also appeared in the circle in response to her calls.  She used to just laugh about these events and say it was “real witchcraft”.

Bourne’s version of Monica English’s Norfolk coven is slightly different from the Cottie Burland one and she makes the group sound very grand and Country Life. English used to give Bourne a lift home as it was on her way. After one of the meetings she confided in her that she was a member of a traditional East Anglian coven with ‘an unbroken tradition of over two hundred years’.  She said this group had become concerned over Gardner’s publicity and were fearful it would bring the Old Craft out of the shadows and expose it.

English had therefore joined Brickett Wood to find out what was going on and to discover if it was a real threat. Bourne was eventually invited to visit her at the old manor house in a small Norfolk village where she lived with her husband.  At the back of the house were stables and kennels for a pack of hounds, as English’s husband was the master of the local hunt.

Bourne confirms that English and Cottie Burland had become firm friends and the three met socially.  English invited Bourne to become a member of the Norfolk coven, telling her that she would learn little at Brickett Wood because Gardner’s teachings were “the shadow and that he did not possess the substance.”

At first Bourne declined, but after Gardner died in February 1964 she finally took up the invitation and was initiated at Samhain of that year. English was the magistra (mistress) of the coven and was assisted by a friend called Bertram (probably not his real name) who was the magister and a wealthy businessman.  Although they were the primo facto leaders and organisers of the coven, the real rulers were a man in his seventies and a woman in her sixties known as the ‘Lord’ and ‘Lady’ who presided over the meets.

Although Bourne says the coven had over thirty members, not everyone attended each meet, although they were expected to convene at the four Grand Sabbats.  Bourne states the coven was geared towards the celebration of the agricultural year and, while the Goddess was acknowledged, it was the Horned God who it was believed had the ultimate power. 

This fact is significant and suggests that it may indeed have been a genuine ‘robed coven’ following a Old Craft tradition of some antiquity. Meets were held, weather permitting, in the grounds of a large country house or in a barn on land owned by one of the members.

Rituals inside were presided over by the ‘Lord’ and ‘Lady’ sitting on a raised platform overlooking the circle.  The ‘Lady’ wore a shimmering silver robe tied with a plaited belt of the same material and long silver earrings.  Unlike the Dionysian rites at Brickett Wood, the rituals of the old Norfolk coven were mostly conducted in silence with a lot of meditation.

Bourne was told: “Silence is the ultimate and final initiation. The Gods are silent; everything comes out of silence. The true experience of bliss is without words.”

Monica English was quite a sophisticate and a prominent person in the area both socially and as a professional artist. In a 1960s catalogue of East Anglian artists she is described as ‘ a painter of two worlds. One of these was a world of myth and legend peopled with the gods, warriors and ghosts of the past, and springs from her study of anthropology, folklore and primitive religions.  The other world is the rural reality of landscape and animals, particularly horses, whose beauty and pride of movement fascinates her.

The catalogue entry goes on to say that English was self-trained and had mounted seventeen exhibitions, including three at London art galleries. Other exhibitions were planned for galleries in Norwich.  She had also appeared on television discussing her artwork and it had been reviewed in provincial and national newspapers and magazines.

It says she had her own gallery at home, which was open to the public. .... Her hobbies were listed as gardening, horse riding and collecting gramophone records of folk music from all over the world.

 

Brickett Wood is in Hertfordshire and was only about 4 miles away from Parsonage Farm, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.  This was where Monica's grandparent had their home and where she at some time lived too.

 

~ was Bertram actually Andrew Fountaine ?

Several factors suggest that Bertram was indeed Andrew Fountaine.

Peter in 1956-1957 remembers several times a Mr. Fontaine driving up at Bridge House in Gayton and Mr. Fontaine and Monica English would leave together.  Also that Mr. Fontaine drove a brand new ca. 1956 gull winged Mercedes car (a very expensive car).

This was also confirmed by Mrs. Foster's comment that Mr. Fountaine did had a gull wing Mercedes (see above).

Lois Bourne when mentioning that Margo (Monica English) and Bertram visited her home, she mentioned that Bertram drove an expensive looking car.  This was ca. 1959-1960.

And while Lois Bourne was a guest at Margo (Monica English) and her husband's home in Norfolk, Lois mentioned that they all were invited for a dinner at an enormous home.

This could be Bertram's home since Lois Bourne mentioned about Bertram in the book "… and, I learned later, very wealthy".  Probably by visiting Bertram's home she learned that he was wealthy.

As we know, Andrew Fountaine lived in a large estate mansion called Narford Hall .

Narford Hall is only about 4 miles away from Gayton where Monica and Robert English lived.

One sticking point is that some of Bertram's description and the description of the large house is different from the way Andrew Fountaine and Narford Hall looks.

But that could be because Lois Bourne was OATH BOUND to the Norfolk coven and its people in it.  And to make sure that people who will be reading her book won't connect the dots from Bertram and the fabulous house to the well known Andrew Fountaine and Narford Hall, Lois could have described them differently in the book.

Andrew Fountaine was an important man in that area of Norfolk and known to the rest of the country.

Just like she didn't want to expose Monica English by describing her only as "Margo" and "living in Norfolk" even that Monica died 19 years before the book was published in 1998.  Monica's husband, Robert English, was still living at the time.

Andrew Fountaine died in September 1997.

 

~ 1962

Mrs. Monica English and Mrs. P. L. Travers were elected, with 2 other persons, member of the Folk-Lore Society which was mentioned in a meeting of the society held on April 11, 1962.

Gerald B. Gardner was one of the Members of Council of the Folk-Lore Society.

 

From the Autumn 1962 issue of Folklore (volume 73)

 

~ On the inside of the front folder which listed the officers of the Folk-Lore Society

MEMBERS OF COUNCIL

(among others)

G. B. GARDNER, M.A., Ph.D.

 

~ Page 216

Society Meetings

11 April 1962

A meeting of the Folk-Lore Society was held on Wednesday, 11 April, 1962, at University College London, at 7:30 p.m., the President, Professor Mary Williams, in the Chair.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and the election of the following new members announced: Mrs Monica English, Mr D. C. Harris, Mr Geoffrey Palmer and Mrs P. L. Travers.

A paper was then read by Mrs E. Ettlinger on 'Folklore in Oxfordshire Churches', which was illustrated by slides.  Questions and discussion followed and the meeting closed at 9 p.m.

 

It is apparent that after Monica was a member of Gerald B. Gardner's coven in Brickett Wood that he found out that Monica had an interest in Folk Music from around the world.

And then Gerald B. Gardner probably encouraged Monica English to become a member of the Folk-Lore society and had a part in her being elected a member.

 

One of the members elected in the same time was "Mrs. P. L. Travers".

It is most likely that she was P. L. Travers, the lady who wrote the books about Mary Poppins. 

P. L. Travers was never married but it is not her real name either, so in her later years, she added "Mrs." to her pen name.  And in the internet I find that in a few other places it mentioned her as "Mrs. P. L. Travers".

P. L. Travers was known to be involved with people that were associated with the Golden
Dawn.  Later in her life she fell under the influence of gurus like Gurdjieff and Krishnamurti.  She was open to all manner of mystical and religious influences.

 

~ 1962

It would appear that by 1962 Monica and Bob English were growing tired of doing the Hunts with the beagles.  By then Monica English was shifting to doing Art works.

From an email from Mrs. Foster, dated Thursday, January 26, 2012:

"As for the hunting, by the time I met Monica (1962) she had a few beagles and occasionally invited her friends and local farmers on hunts.

This would not in any way elevate her socially in the area, though no doubt she knew many local people as most country folks do.  Gayton is not a town, but a small rural village."

 

~ 1963

In one of the final if not the last listing in Baily's Hunting Directory.  We see that Monica English has been a "Master" for 10 years now and Robert English been a "Huntman" for eight years now.

Monica had 10 couple of hounds.

From the book, Baily's Hunting Directory, 1963:

Page 219

Master:  (1953)  Mrs. English, Bridge House, Gayton, King's Lynn.  T.N.:  Gayton 223.  Hon. Sec.: None.  Huntsman: (1955) Mr. Robert English.  Whippers-in: 1st (1955) Mr. Ian Bain; 2nd (1957) Mr. Arthur Bantoft; 3rd (1960) Mr. Carlwoodrow.  10 couple of hounds, not marked, the property of Mrs. Robert English.  Kennels:  Bridge House, Gayton, King's Lynn.  T.N.:  Gayton 223.  Rly. Stn.: Gayton Road.  Meet: Saturday and occasional bye-days.

Subscription:  Voluntary.  Cap: 2s. 6d.

 

~ 1966

One of Monica English's artwork from 1966.

From the Keys Fine Art Auctioneers website online, we have images of 2 of Monica English's artwork:

 

The Leaping Horse, 1966
by Monica English

 

Lot 547 in Pictures 19/02/2010.
MONICA ENGLISH, SIGNED AND DATED 1966/72, MIXED MEDIAS, Leaping Horse; and Dryad No 1, assorted sizes (2)

 

~ 1968

In 1968, Monica English had an exhibition of her paintings  at the White Rose Galleries in East Molesey, Surrey.

From the newspaper - The Times, Wednesday, January 3, 1968

Court Circular
Today's engagement

East Molesey. - Exihibition of paintings by Monica English, White Rose Galleries, 13 Hampton Court Parade.

From the newspaper - The Times, Wednesday, January 10, 1968

Court Circular
Today's engagement

East Molesey. - Exihibition of paintings by Monica English, White Rose Galleries, 13 Hampton Court Parade.

 

 

~ Date not known, perhaps 1960's to 1970's

 

An artwork by Monica English, privately owned, London, England.

 

Conflict Ahead for Paradise
by Monica M English

The picture is mixed media on hard board and measures 56 cm wide by 76 cm high, undated.

It is interesting to note that there are several pairs of white in the artwork, the two horse with the couple on them, two other pairs of young white horses and then a pair of white birds and the temple in the back ground.  The red Bull and a green demonic head or bull's head in the tree staring at the couple on horses.

On the reverse side, there is a faded image of a symbol, an outline of a figure probably seated with legs stretched out or of a person working on a table ? and around it is a circle with words at the top and bottom.  Can't make out the words.

Don't know if Monica made this mark on the back or if it is a trade mark of the firm that makes the blank canvas for artists.

 

 

 

 

Another of Monica English's artwork.

From the Keys Fine Art Auctioneers website online, we have another  images of one of Monica English's artwork:

 

Horses Frightened by a Bull, 19" x 29", date not mentioned
by Monica M English

 

Lot 631 in Pictures 06/06/2008
MONICA ENGLISH, SIGNED PASTEL AND WATERCOLOUR, Horses Frightened by a Bull, 19" x 29"

 

 

~ 1971 to 1972

Robert English is now living in Barningham, Yorkshire.  At first in The Terrace House in 1971 and then in the Newby House in 1972.  It is not certain if Monica English was living at those locations.

From the British Phone Books:

 

1971, Image No. 126
Page 86

English R. G. G, The Terrace Ho ………………….………….. Barningham  249

 

1972, Image No. 140
Page 94

English R. G. G, Newby Ho ……………………..…………….. Barningham  249

 

~ 1971

Robert English and Mrs. Valerie Witherby were mentioned in the engagement announcement of their son in the newspaper, The Times, Tuesday, Dec 21, 1971.

Robert was of Barningham, Yorkshire.

It mentioned:

"… son of Mr. R. G. G. English, of Barningham, Yorkshire, and Mrs. V. M. Witherby, of Barn Close, Burley, Hampshire…"

 

~ 1972

One of Monica English's artwork from 1972.

From the Keys Fine Art Auctioneers website online, we have images of 2 of Monica English's artwork:

 


The Dryad No 1, 1972
by Monica English

 

Lot 547 in Pictures 19/02/2010.
MONICA ENGLISH, SIGNED AND DATED 1966/72, MIXED MEDIAS, Leaping Horse; and Dryad No 1, assorted sizes (2)

 

 

~ also in 1972

Robert and Monica was mentioned in the engagement announcement of his son and her stepson in the newspaper, The Times, Monday, December 4, 1972.

They were living in St. Mary's, Sheringham, Norfolk.

It mentioned:

"… son of Wing Commander R. G. English and stepson of Mrs English of St Mary's, Sheringham, Norfolk…."

 

~ also in 1972

Robert English was appointed secretary-general of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society in 1972.  Perhaps in September or October of 1972.

 

~ 1973

The first Great Yorkshire Show held under Robert English's watch was held in Harrogate, Yorkshire on July 10, 1973.

From the newspaper, The Glasgow Herald, Tuesday, July 10, 1973:

Page 9

Food and Farming

"Great Yorks' pioneers new venture"

"True to its pioneering traditions the Great Yorkshire Show, which opens today at Harrogate, is breaking new ground with an adventure centre."

"This is the first show since Mr Robert English was appointed secretary-general of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society in succession to Mr. F. M. Baldwin, who held the post for 25 years until his retirement last September."

 

~ 1974

In 1973 or 1974, Robert and Monica English, moved to Brafferton Hall in Helperby, Yorkshire.

Brafferton Hall was their home for the remainder of the 1970's and Robert English continued to live there after Monica's death.

From the British Phone Books:

1974, Image No. 123

Page 99

English, R. G, Brafferton Hall …………………Helperby  241

 

The entry is the same in the listing for 1975, 1977, 1979, and 1980.

 

~ Brafferton Hall

Brafferton Hall in Helperby, Yorkshire would be the last home that Monica English lived at before she died.

From the book, Britain's Most Distinctive Bed & Breakfasts, by Chris Gill

 

 

As with the other places that Robert and Monica English lived in, this place is also now a Bed and Breakfast place that you can lodge in.

 

The following is an advertisement that appeared in the newspaper which sort of help date when Robert and Monica English moved into Brafferton Hall.

From the newspaper, The Times, Tuesday, September 26, 1972:

Jackson-Stops & Staff

By direction of Sir Robert-Milnes-Coates, Bart.

Brafferton Hall, Near York

Interesting Two-day auction Sale of the Contents of the Hall

Examples of 17th, 18th and 19th Century Furniture, Decorative and Domestic China & Glass, Interesting Ornamental items, Library of Books.  Pictures.  Over 600 Lots in all.

On the premises 11th & 12th October

Viewing: Monday 9th October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Catalogues, 25p from the Auctioneers

23 High Petergate, York, YO1 2HS. Tel. 25033

 

This would be the Sir Robert-Milnes-Coates, Baronet whose family lived in Brafferton Hall and he is selling off all the content of the Hall.

So it would be after September 1972 and by 1974 when Robert and Monica English moved into Brafferton Hall.

 

~ 1976

Monica's mother, Margery May Barrett, was living with them for a while. 

Margery May Barrett died, at the age of 84 years, on December 27, 1976 at Brafferton Hall, Helperby, Yorkshire.

 

~ 1979

Monica English unfortunately contracted cancer of the bronchus and eventually as she weakened she was placed in a nursing home in York.

Monica Mary English died at the age of 59 on September 30, 1979 in York, England.

From the death certificate, the following is extracted.

Date and place of death: ....................  Thirtieth September 1979.  Purcy Cust Nursing Home. York.
Name: .................................................  Monica Mary English.
Maiden surname: ................................ Barrett.
Date and place of birth: ....................... 8th January 1921.  London.
Occupation and usual address: ............
Wife of Robert Graham Godfrey English. Secretary General (Retired) Brafferton Hall, Helperby, York.

Name of informant:.............................. Robert Graham Godfrey English
Qualification:........................................ Widower of Deceased
Usual address:...................................... Brafferton Hall. Helperby. York.

 

It is noted that the death certificate says that Monica was born in 1921.  But this is an error, she was actually born in 1920 according to her birth certificate.

 

From the following item found on the internet, it appears that there was some record of a Memorial Trust set for Monica English at some point in the past.

From www.nodomainname.co.uk/files/UKREG.TXT

"G-BODU","Scheibe SF.25C Falke","44434",0,"R.G.G.English t/a Monica English Memorial Trust","(D-KIAA)"

 

~ 2001

Robert English died at the age of 83 in April 2001 in the North Yorkshire registration district of Yorkshire.

From the England & Wales, Death Index:

Name:  Robert Graham G English

Birth Date: ............................ 14 Sep 1917
Death Registration: .............  Apr 2001
Age at death (estimated): ....  83
Registration district: ............ North Yorkshire
Inferred County: ................... North Yorkshire
Register number: .................. B8
District and Subdistrict: ....... 6501B
Entry number: ...................... 140

 

 

 

 

Sources:

1.    1917 marriage of John Barrett and Margery M Gibson.  Civil Registration Index, Marriage, 4th Quarter (Oct-Nov-Dec), Year 1917, District Hendon, County Middlesex, Volume 3a, Page 786.  Online at Ancestry.com.  Searched October 2, 2010 Saturday 10:48 PM.

2.    1920 birth of Mary M. Barrett.  Civil Registration Index, Birth, 1st Quarter (Jan-Feb-Mar), Year 1920, District Hendon, County Middlesex, Volume 3a, Page 828.  Online at Ancestry.com.  Searched October 3, 2010 Sunday 7:13 PM.

3.     1920 birth certificate of Mary Monica Barrett.  From the General Register Office, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2JD,United Kingdom.  Received October 21, 2010 Thursday 10:15 AM.

4.    1922 birth of Bridget A. Barrett.  Civil Registration Index, Birth, 4th Quarter (Oct-Nov-Dec), Year 1922, District Hendon, County Middlesex, Volume 3a, Page 532.  Online at Ancestry.com.  Searched October 3, 2010 Sunday 7:13 PM.

5.     1922 to 1951 Henry Gibson listed at Parsonage Farm in Rickmansworth.  British Phone Books, online at Ancestry.com  January 5, 2011 1:38 PM

6.     1924 birth of John P. A. Barrett.  The Times, Wednesday, May 28, 1924; pg. 1; Issue 43663; col A.  Online at http://infotrac.galegroup.com.  Searched January 8, 2011 Saturday 6:34 PM.

7.     1938 probate Penelope Alice Gibson.  National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations) Ancestry.com.  1938, G, Gi, Image No. 10, Original Page No. 555.  November 20, 2010 Saturday 6:52 PM.

8.    1939 marriage certificate of John Summersell Davis and Mary Monica Barrett.  From the General Register Office, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2JD United Kingdom.  Received January 26, 2011 Wednesday morning.

9.     1940 to 1942 Mrs. G. B. Gardner listed in phone books in Southridge, Highcliffe, Hampshire.  British Phone Books online at Ancestry.com.  Specifically the following years 1940, 1941, and 1942.  Searched on December 14, 2010 Tuesday 7:59 PM.

10.     1941 death of Herbert Summersell Davis.  The Times, Tuesday, Aug 12, 1941; pg. 1; Issue 49002; col A.  Online at http://infotrac.galegroup.com.  Searched on January 26, 2011 Wednesday 7:00 PM.

11.     1941 inquest on the accidental death of Squadron Leader Herbert Summersell Davis.   Cheltenham Chronicle, Saturday, August 9, 1941.  Online at British Newspaper Archives at http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk  Searched on May 14, 2012 Monday 8:07 PM.

12.     1941 Mary Monica Davis (No. 2787) mentioned in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.  London Gazette Issue 35273 published on the 12 September 1941.  Page 33 of 68, Original Page 5313.  Online at http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35273/pages/5313.  Searched January 26, 2011 Wednesday 7:24 PM.

13.     1942 M. M. Davis (No. 2787) mentioned in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.  London Gazette Issue 35791 published on the 17 November 1942.  Page 19 of 22.  Online at  http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35791/supplements/5049.  Searched on January 26, 2011 Wednesday 7:43 PM.

14.     1942 M. M. Davis (No. 3067) mentioned in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.  London Gazette Issue 35784 published on the 10 November 1942.  Page 12 of 14.  Actual Page 4938.  Online at  http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35784/supplements/4938.  Searched on March 27, 2011 Sunday 9:22 PM.

15.    1942 marriage of Bridget Barrett and Michael J. Cavanan.  Civil Registration Index, Marriage, 4th Quarter (Oct-Nov-Dec), Year 1942, District Eton, County Buckinghamshire, Volume 3a, Page 3200.  Online at Ancestry.com.  Searched October 3, 2010 Sunday 7:25 PM.

16.     1943 M. M. Davis (No. 3067) mentioned in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.  London Gazette Issue 35992 published on the 23 April 1943.  Page 8 of 8.  Actual Page 1912.  Online at  http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35992/supplements/1912.  Searched on March 27, 2011 Sunday 9:48 PM.

17.     1944 Dr. G. B. Gardner listed in phone book in Southridge, Highcliffe, Hampshire.  British Phone Books online at Ancestry.com.  Searched on December 14, 2010 Tuesday 7:59 PM.

18.     1945 to 1951 G. B. Gardner listed in phone books in Ridgemount Gardens in London.  British Phone Books online at Ancestry.com.  Specifically the following years 1945, 1948, 1949, 1950 and 1951.  Searched on December 14, 2010 Tuesday 7:59 PM.

19.     1945 death of John S. Davis.  England & Wales, Death Index online at ancestry.com.  Date: Oct-Nov-Dec 1945; Age: 34; Registration District: Cheltenham; County: Gloucestershire; Volume: 6a; Page: 451.  Searched on January 20, 2012 Friday 2:30 PM.

20.     1945 death notice of John Summersell Davis in a newspaper.  The Times, Friday, Nov 09, 1945; pg. 1; Issue 50295; col A.  The Times Digital Archive online at http://infotrac.galegroup.com.  Searched on January 20, 2012 Friday 2:37 PM.

21.     1946 probate of John Summersell Davis mentioned in index.  England & Wales, National Probate Calendar online at Ancestry.com.  1946, D, Da, Image No. 48.  Original Page No. 649.  Searched on June 5, 2012 Tuesday 5:06 PM.

22.     1946 death notice of John Barrett in the newspaper.  The Times, Saturday, Jul 06, 1946; pg. 1; Issue 50496; col B.  Online at http://infotrac.galegroup.com.  Searched December 17, 2010 Friday  7:55 PM.

23.     1946 & 1948 Mrs. M. Davis listed at Cheltenham in the phone books.  British Phone Books online at Ancestry.com.  Searched on January 25, 2011 Thursday 7:40 PM.

24.     1947-1950  Sq. Ldr. P. E. Barnes master of the hunt for United.  Baily's Hunting Directory 1952-1953.  Pages 215-216.  Received my own copy of the book that I ordered  on February 14, 2012 Tuesday.

25.     1948 the Sligo House, Cheltenham being for sale.  Cheltenham Chronicle, Saturday, March 27, 1948.  Online at British Newspaper Archives at http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk  Searched on May 15, 2012 Tuesday 2:48 PM.

26.     1948 the furnishings and items of the Sligo House, Cheltenham put up for auction.  Cheltenham Chronicle, Saturday, May 1, 1948.  Online at British Newspaper Archives at http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk  Searched on May 15, 2012 Tuesday 2:26 PM.

27.     1948-1949  Sq. Ldr. P. E. Barnes master of the hunt for Teme Valley.  Baily's Hunting Directory 1952-1953.  Pages 215-216.  Received my own copy of the book that I ordered  on February 14, 2012 Tuesday.

28.    1950 Peter and Monica Barnes living in Roake House, Brigstock, Northamptonshire mentioned in a birth certificate of their son.  Copy of the certificate from the General Register Office, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2JD, United Kingdom.  Received October 26, 2011 Wednesday Morning.

29.     1950-1952  S /Ldr. P. E. Barnes master of the hunt for Woodland Pytchley.  Baily's Hunting Directory 1952-1953.  Pages 215-216.  Received my own copy of the book that I ordered  on February 14, 2012 Tuesday.

30.     1951 Mr. G. B. and Mrs. E. Gardner are passengers on the ship R.M.S. Orion that arrived in Tilbury from Gibraltar.  The passenger list online at Ancestry.com.  UK Incoming Passenger Lists, London, England, 1951, March, Orion, Images No. 1 & 7.  Searched November 12, 2010 Friday 8:06 PM.

31.     1951 Mrs. E. Woodford-Grimes listed at Avenue Cottage in Highcliffe, Hampshire.  British Phone Books online at Ancestry.com.  Searched on February 6, 2012 Monday 7:15 PM.

32.     1951 death of Henry Gibson.  The Times, Tuesday, Aug 14, 1951; pg. 1; Issue 52079; col A.  Online at http://infotrac.galegroup.com.  Searched November 20, 2010 Saturday 8:21 PM.

33.     1952  Sq./Ldr. P. E. Barnes was the Master and Huntsman for the Wilton Hunt.  Baily's Hunting Directory 1952-1953.  Pages 227-228.  Received my own copy of the book that I ordered on February 14, 2012 Tuesday.

34.     Picture of Manor Farm, Broadchalke, Wiltshire.  From the website, Manor Farm Broadchalke at http://www.manorfarmbroadchalke.co.uk/index.html# .  Searched on May 24, 2012 Thursday 6:01 PM

35.     1952 to 1953  Mrs. P. E. Barnes  and B. L. Day were the Masters  of the New Forest Beagles.  Baily's Hunting Directory 1952-1953.  Pages 345-346.  Received my own copy of the book that I ordered on February 14, 2012 Tuesday.

36.     1953 Peter Earle Barnes mentioned in a Bankruptcy notice.  The London Gazette Issue 39814 published on the 31 March 1953.  Page 1836.  Online at http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/39814/pages/1836.  Searched on October 27, 2011 Thursday 1:28 PM.

37.     Pictures of Dormy Cottage, Old Hunstanton, Norfolk.  Online at the website Birds Norfolk Holiday Homes at http://www.norfolkholidayhomes-birds.co.uk.  Searched October 29, 2010 Friday 8:03 PM.

38.    1953 marriage of Robert G G English and Mary M. Barnes or Barrett.  Ancestry.com, Civil Registration Index, 3rd Quarter (Jul-Aug-Sep), Year 1953, District Kings Lynn, County Norfolk, Volume 4b, Page 1364.  Searched September 15, 2010 Wednesday 7:18 PM.

39.    1953 marriage certificate of Robert Graham Godfrey English and Mary Monica Barnes.  From the General Register Office, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2JD United Kingdom.  Received October 1, 2010 Friday morning.

40.     Pictures and comments of The Bridge House, Gayton, Norfolk.  Online at the website A1 Tourism at http://www.a1tourism.com/uk/bridgehousegayton.html.  Searched October 29, 2010 Friday 7:31 PM.

41.     1950's to 1960's Robert and Monica English were friends of the Fountaine family of Narford Hall.  Email from Mrs. Fountaine of Narford Hall, Norfolk, England.  Received January 3, 2012 Tuesday 2:58 AM.

42.     1953 & 1955  Monica English a Master, Robert English a Huntman.  Baily's Hunting Directory, Publisher Vinton & Co., 1963, Original from the University of Wisconson - Madison, Digitized Feb 17, 2010.  Page 219.  Online at Google Books.  Searched on January 7, 2012 Saturday 1:44 PM.

43.     1954 to 1970 has R. G. G. English listed in Bridge House, Gayton, Norfolk.  British Phone Books, Ancestry.com.  Year and Image Nos. 1954 - 542; 1955 - 564; 1956 - 596; 1957 - 614; 1959 - 75; 1960 - 79; 1961 - 72; 1963 - 74; 1964 - 79; 1968 - 116; 1969 - 127; 1970 - 152.  Searched September 15, 2010  Wednesday 9:11 PM and January 30, 2012 Monday 1:11PM.

44.     1955 and 1957 has I. M. D. English listed in Dormy Cottage and Storm Haven Wodehouse road both in Old Hustanton, Norfolk.  British Phone Books, Ancestry.com.  Year and Image Nos. 1955 - 564; 1957 - 614.  Searched October  1, 2010 Friday 2:34 PM.

45.     1956-1957 The American Family in the upstairs of the Bridge House, history and photographs from Peter.  Emails received from Peter in October and November 2011.

46.     1957 Peter Earle Barnes mentioned in a Bankruptcy notice.  The London Gazette Issue 41259 published on the 20 December 1957.  Page 7480.  Online at  http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/41259/pages/7480.  Searched on October 27, 2011 Thursday 1:21 PM.

47.     1957 Peter Barnes mentioned in an email from the current owners of The Manor Farm, Broadchalke, Wiltshire.  The email from [ - name removed for privacy - ], a reply to my email dated January 25, 2012 Wednesday 10:57 PM , was received February 2, 2012 Thursday 9:18 AM.

48.  1957 Alan Foster and Andrew Fountaine at Narford in the Phone Book.  British Phone Books online at Ancestry.com.  Image No. 620, Actual Page 76.  Searched on January 6, 2012 Friday 7:00 PM.

49.  1959-1964  Lois Bourne, Margo, Bertram, and the Norfolk Coven mentioned in a book.  "Dancing with Witches" by Lois Bourne, 1998, First paperback edition 2006, Robert Hale Limited.  Chapter Five Pages 52, 54-55, Chapter Nine, Page 99.  Received my copy of the book, December 27, 2011 Tuesday Morning.

50.     An article about Monica English.   "A Very English English Witch" by Michael Howard.  Online at the The Cauldron - Witchcraft, Paganism, & Folklore Website at  http://www.the-cauldron.org.uk/averyenglishwitch.htm.  searched August 18, 2010 Wednesday 4:00 PM.

51.     1962  Mrs. Monica English and G. B. Gardner were mentioned in Folklore.  Magazine - Folklore Volume 73 Autumn 1962.  Inside of front cover and Page 216.  From my own copy of the magazine purchased December 5, 2009 Saturday.

52.     1962 to 1970  Mrs. Foster recollecting about the great times with Bob and Monica English.  From Mrs. Foster's email dated Sunday, January 22, 2012 8:11 AM.

53.     1960's.  Mrs. Foster mentioning about Andrew Fountaine's Gull Wing Mercedes and Monica's Hunts.  From Mrs. Foster's email dated Thursday, January 26, 2012 3:28 AM.

54.     1963  Monica English a Master, Robert English a Huntman.  Baily's Hunting Directory, Publisher Vinton & Co., 1963, Original from the University of Wisconson - Madison, Digitized Feb 17, 2010.  Page 219.  Online at Google Books.  Searched on January 7, 2012 Saturday 1:44 PM.

55.     1966 and 1972 artworks from Monica English.  A 2010 auction that sold a couple of Monica English's artwork from 1966 and 1972.  Keys Fine Art Auctioneers website online at http://www.keysauctions.co.uk/sales/pw/pw190210/lots/full/0547.jpg.  Searched November 3, 2010 Wednesday 12:48 PM.

56.     1968 exhibition of Monica English's paintings in East Molesey, Surrey.  The Times, Wednesday, Jan 03, 1968; pg. 10; Issue 57139; col B and The Times, Wednesday, Jan 10, 1968; pg. 10; Issue 57145; col E.   Online at http://infotrac.galegroup.com  Searched September 5, 2010 Sunday 8:40 PM

57.     1960's to 1970's, an artwork by Monica English.  "Conflict Ahead for Paradise".  Digital image of the artwork sent to me by the person who has the artwork in her collection of arts, London, England.  Email dated Tuesday March 22, 2011 4:15 AM.

58.     1960's to 1970's, an artwork from Monica English.  A 2008 auction that sold an artwork of Monica English's artwork from perhaps 1960's called "Horses Frightened by a Bull".  Keys Fine Art Auctioneers website online at http://auctions.keys24.com.  Searched January 12, 2011 Wednesday 8:02 PM.

59.     1971 and 1972 R. G. G. English listed in Barningham area.  British Phone Books online at Ancestry.com.  1971 image 126 and 1972 image 140.  Searched January 30, 2012 Monday 1:11PM.

60.     1971  R. G. G. English and Mrs. V. M. Witherby mentioned in their son's engagement announcement.  The Times, Tuesday, Dec 21, 1971; pg. 12; Issue 58356; col B.   Online at http://infotrac.galegroup.com.  Searched September 15, 2010 Wednesday 9:55 PM.

61.     1972 & 1973 secretary-general Robert English mentioned in the newspaper.  The Glasgow Herald Tuesday July 10 1973, Page 9.  Online at Google News.  Searched March 25, 2012 Sunday 7:50 PM.

62.     1972 R. G. English and Mrs. English mentioned in the engagement announcement of his son.  The Times, Monday, Dec 04, 1972; pg. 17; Issue 58648; col B.   Online at http://infotrac.galegroup.com.  Searched September 27, 2010 Monday 8:03 PM.

63.     Picture of Brafferton Hall, Helperby, Yorkshire.  From the book, Britain's Most Distinctive Bed & Breakfasts, by Chris Gill.  Online at Google Books.  Searched October 29, 2010 Friday 10:09 PM.

64.     1972 contents of Brafferton Hall being sold in auction.   The Times, Tuesday, Sep 26, 1972; pg. 11; Issue 58589; col B.  Online at http://infotrac.galegroup.com.  Searched January 16, 2011 Sunday 7:47 PM.

65.     1974 to 1980  R. G. English listed at Brafferton Hall, Helperby, Yorkshire.  British Phone Books online at Ancestry.com.  Years and Image Nos. 1974 - 123, 1975 - 139, 1977 - 143, 1979 - 65, 1979 - 65, 1980 - 68.  Searched January 30, 2012 Monday 1:11PM.

66.     1976 death certificate of Margery May Barrett.  From the General Register Office, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2JD United Kingdom.  Received December 16, 2010 Thursday morning.

67.    1979 death of Monica Mary English.  Ancestry.com, Civil Registration Index, Year 1979, District York, County Greater Manchester, Vol. 2, Page 2881.  Searched September 16, 2010 Thursday 3:42 PM.

68.     1979 death certificate of Monica Mary English.  From the General Register Office, Southport, Merseyside, England.  Received September 25, 2010 Saturday morning around 9:55 AM.

69.     Monica English Memorial Trust.  From www.nodomainname.co.uk/files/UKREG.TXT.  Found September 15, 2010 Wednesday 5:20 PM.

70.    2001 death of Robert Graham G. English.  Ancestry.com, Civil Registration Index, Apr 2001, Age 83, District North Yorkshire, County North Yorkshire, Reg. No. B8, Dist. and Subdist. 6501B, Entry No. 140.  Searched September 15, 2010 Wednesday 7:05 PM.

71.     2002 death of Peter Earle Barnes.  England & Wales, Death Index online at Ancestry.com.  Birth Date:  6 Nov 1917, Date of Registration:  Apr 2002, Age:  84, Registration District:  Hereford, County: Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, Register number:  B33D, District and Subdistrict: 5161B, Entry number: 103.  Searched on October 26, 2011 Wednesday 2:49 PM.

72.     2010 picture of Narford Hall, Norfolk. Copyright by Evelyn Simak and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence.  Online at http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1817416 .  TF7613: Narford Hall, the south facade taken April 17, 2010.  Searched on January 6, 2012 Friday 2:36 PM.

 

 

 

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