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The Poor House

Mary Puddicombe's story

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When you reach the tiny hamlet of Holne, you may go back to the place you came from or  strike out on foot on one of the ancient tracks which lead to some of Dartmoor's wildest corners - the routes by which our Stentiford ancestors came to Holne to settle centuries ago. Inside the equally ancient granite church, there is an oasis of calm and peace. Richard's photograph shows its stained glass window, dating from Victorian times; even though it is comparatively recent, it certainly reminded us of how far our world has come from the innocent and ordered calm of the past. 

There's a bit of a mystery surrounding the William Stentiford who features in our Poor House story this month. If he appears on anyone's Tree, we would certainly like to hear about it. We've written much about the infamous "Apprenticeship" system which tied our ancestors into virtual slavery for years at a time (and turned them into criminals if they tried to escape) so we've included the so-called legal document by which they were bound - you will notice that at no time were parents asked to consent to their children being sent away from home for years on end to take their chances in the homes of total strangers. You will notice too that there were no checks on the welfare or progress of the children as those years went by. Mary Puddicombe's story could be the account of any child who passed through this system,

We'd like to say a very big "thank you" to all of the 2003 Guest Contributors - Roy Hayter and Roy Hewitt ( who each contributed two articles this year)  Janet Hiscocks, Beryl Stentiford, John Humphrey, Bruce Humphrey, Doreen Norton, Beryl Cross, Jack Cross and Deirdre Polakowski  - each of whom has put their own special and individual mark on these pages. To everyone who reads the magazine each month, thank you once more for your continued support because, as we said last year, without you, it would all  be a bit pointless. The next Issue is already in the planning stage so we wish all our readers a very happy Christmas and look forward to you joining us again in 2004.

 

Keep in touch,

Muriel and Richard

 

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The Poor House

Mary Puddicombe's story

More Christmas pages from Devon

 

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