Caroline Golding outside Phoenix Farm, Pymoor (circa 1930).
June Savage writes:
Caroline Golding married Jack Taylor and was the mother of Norman, Pearl, Betty, Tony, June, Mary, Trevor, and Basil.
Caroline Golding (b. March 21, 1908, d. January 10, 1988)
Caroline Golding was born March 21, 1908 in Pymore, Nr. Ely, Cambs, England and died January 10, 1988 in Pymore, Nr. Ely, Cambs, England. She married Jack Taylor on December 26, 1923 in Ely Wesleyan Chapel. Witnesses were Martin Wilkin and Susan Taylor, son of Gillet Taylor and Julia Cooper.
On March 21st 1908 Caroline, daughter of Albert and Alice Golding (nee Webb) was born at 100 Foot Bank, Oxlode. When still a small child, the family moved to a house, later called Powers house . This consisted of two bedrooms and two small lean-to sloping rooms, two rooms downstairs and a small kitchen. This house was at one period the home of 2 families, how they managed in these cramped conditions, one cannot imagine. This house, incidentally, was the first home of her daughter, Betty Cleveland, and her husband.
While Caroline was still at school her parents took Phoenix Farm, now a derelict shell, this house was at one time a lovely residence, consisting of five bedrooms, a large landing with a turning staircase with a mahogany banister, dining room, sitting room, kitchen, schoolroom and wash house with a well and pump. The toilet was very unique. It was situated in a large brick outbuilding, the walls were covered by wallpaper, with a skirting board but by far the most unusual feature was that it contained three seats varying in size from large to small in one row.
A maid was employed but on leaving school Caroline helped in the house so the maid was dismissed, her sister, Allwyn, and her brothers, Claude, Gordon and Sidney, were all born at Phoenix, also living with the family was Richard Golding, Grandfather.
Caroline, a very beautiful girl, was always well dressed, her clothes were from Harvey’s of Ely. Always keen to keep abreast of fashion, this was first noted when the ‘bob’ was introduced. This was to re-style the hair from long to short. Her cousin, Hetty, was the pioneer of this fashion at Pymoor. Caroline asked her parents for permission to follow suit but it was refused, but persistent badgering by her Father, resulted in her getting her hair cut much quicker than she thought. Albert her Father, turned barber and cut it himself with the family scissors. Peace and tranquillity returned to the house and Caroline kept in fashion. After her marriage, she helped Jack on the smallholding.
Motor cycle riding was one of Caroline’s accomplishments, getting assistance to start the machine she would proceed to Ely to get the family shopping.
Keeping the engine running, she would hand her list to the staff of the shops, await their fulfilment, then return home. Being ambitious she attempted to ride Mr Steven’s motor cycle, which was much more powerful then the one she was used to.
The result was a crash into the railway siding bridge, injuring herself and ending the motor cycle episode rather abruptly. One often wonders if she recalls these days when she sees and hears her children and grandchildren on and in their machines.
Of her kin, the most like her in motor cycle riding and tom boyishness is Mandy, her granddaughter.
Caroline has always taken great pleasure in her home and garden, and is never happier than with her husband and children. She has always been an excellent cook, imparting this knowledge to her daughters, with the exception of her cream horns and trifle which, try as they may, they cannot equal.
Now aged 74 in the year 1981 and not able to move as freely now owing to arthritis, her looks still belie her years. A loving, hardworking wife and mother, who is loved and cherished by her husband and family.
Ron and Betty Cleveland 1981
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