1894 December

31 Monday Went to Cannons to tea & on to Church [midnight service].

Mrs Cannon

Mrs Cannon

Basingstoke Coach Builders

Basingstoke Coach Builders

Mr & Mrs William Cannon lived at 5 London Street, where Mr Cannon had a butcher’s shop. In the 1891 Census they are listed with three sons and five daughters. I have an old photograph of Mrs Cannon and a wedding invitation to the wedding of one of their daughters, Annie, to William Charles Selby. After the Second World War, I remember three other [unmarried] daughters, by then, of course, fairly elderly, who lived together at 51 Cliddesden Road: Elizabeth, Emily, and Mary Cannon. Another daughter, Nellie, was married to Arnold Joice, who, until his retirement in the 1950s, ran the Basingstoke coach-building business, founded by his father, John.

Wedding Invitation

Wedding Invitation

Arnold and Nellie Joice had a daughter [a granddaughter of Mr and Mrs William Cannon] who became, after marriage, Barbara Broadbridge. I can remember that she and her husband, Frank, were fairly frequent visitors at Fairholme in the Cliddesden Road [5 May]. “Church” on 31 December 1894 would have been Basingstoke’s parish church of St Michael and All Angels, where the Moodys worshipped.

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