Colgate

Father and son

The senior of these two fine gentlemen is John Colgate who was born in 1856, the son of Henry Colgate and Charlotte Jeal; Henry and Charlotte had moved from Kent to Surrey where the family continued to live. John Colgate was a farm labourer and he married Sarah Day whose life I have also followed. John […]

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Strange names

A friend who has just finished reading my novel, ‘Flipside’ commented that “at least there aren’t any strange names in it”, which is true, David,Steve, Denise, Danny, Kiran…  and I have to admit for several reasons I do sometimes have unusual names in my stories. However, in my defence, I don’t think any of them […]

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Reigate

  These charming nineteenth or early twentieth century photographs were taken by the famous Francis Frith of Reigate for the brewers, White, Tomkins and Courage, and I would guess they were on a calendar. Reigate was the nearest large town to Bletchingley where the Colgates had lived since the middle of the nineteenth century; these places would have been very familiar to them!

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Trying to see the past

Horace Colgate died nearly a hundred years ago at the tragically young age of eighteen… his death was not unusual at that time; millions of young men were giving their lives on the battlefields of World War 1. Horace came from the quiet Surrey village of Bletchingley where he had lived with his mother, step-father and four younger brothers and sisters. […]

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