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Violet Rennie
 1888 - 1988

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  • Birth  15 Mar 1888  Kidderminster Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Female 
    Died  29 Aug 1988  [2
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    Person ID  I17  shew
    Last Modified  23 Jan 2007 15:26:00 
    Father  John Rennie, b. 26 May 1860, Kidderminster  
    Mother  Eliza Barber, b. 6 May 1863, Clent  
    Family ID  F52  Group Sheet
    Family  James Arthur Priest, b. 17 Sep 1884 16:30, Aston, Birmingham  
    Married  31 Jul 1909  St Saviours, Saltley Find all individuals with events at this location 
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     1. Harry Priest, b. 10 Oct 1909
     2. Living
     3. James Cecil Priest, b. 12 Mar 1913
     4. Living
     5. Nora May Priest, b. 26 Jan 1919, West Bromwich
    Last Modified  30 Dec 2004 23:39:00 
    Family ID  F6  Group Sheet
  • Photos 0017_VioletRennie.jpg0017_VioletRennie.jpg
    Recordings 1954_Adults.mp3
    Kelvin Shew, Jim Priest introducing Violet Priest, James Priest, Jack Priest, himself, Violet Shew, Nora Barwick, Doris Proest, Kevin Shew, Dennis Barwick.

    Then all in "Auld Lang Syne"
  • Notes 
    • Tel. 373-4059
      Mr Clem Lewis, Pype Hayes,Features Department, Erdington,Evening Mail, Birmingham
      Colmore Circus, B24 0JX
      Birmingham.B4 6AY 14th November 1979

      Dear Mr. Lewis,
      Having read your article in last night's mai1, I thought you might be interested in the recollections of my mother Mrs. Violet Priest who is
      91 years old and has a very clear memory.
      She left school in 1901 when she was 13 and started work at Southall's winding and pinning bandages. Shortly afterwards a Law was passed preventing girls under 14 from working in factories. She had to leave and went to work in Service minding a baby. 5he was the only servant employed and had to sit in the kitchen alone at night. She was terrified of the cockroaches flying about and after her employers heard her
      screaming she was allowed to sit with the family.
      When she was 14 she was able to go back to Southall's winding bandages. Shortly afterward she left and went to work for the Dunlop Rubber Company at Aston Cross, examining cycle tyres. She had to walk each day from the top of Alum Pock to be at work by 6.15 a.m. and worked until 6.0 p.m. The factory gate was shut promptly at 6.15 a.m. and anyone locked out would have to wait until 8.l5 a.m. before they were allowed in. This time was usually spent at Jelf's cafe. ~be had to work until 1 o'clock on Saturday when all the workers had to line up in the drive to be paid.
      She had always wanted to be a dressmaker but couldn't afford the fees but she decided to leave Dunlop and she then went to make babies' pinafores at 4d per dozen, having to find her own cotton. However, she could not earn enough money at this job and as she was the eldest of five children she had to go back to Dunlop until she got married.
      Even the long working hours did not prevent her cycling after work to Earlswood to a dance. She also went dancing at Bird's Assembly Rooms, which later became the Hippodrome. As a child she knew Aston Cross with the horses and cabs lined up at the rank and also the circus coming to
      the field in Rocky Lane.
      My mother lives with me and spends her time helping with the household chores, reading knitting, doing jigsaw puzzles, playing scrabb1e and is always ready for an outing to the country or to visit relatives.
      Hoping these few comments will be of interest to Kathie Sandler

      (Nora May Barwick néé Priest)
  • Sources 
    1. [S37] John Rennie family bible, (Bible presented to John Rennie at Kidderminster Adult Sunday School 13the january 1894. The gift of Doctor John Hall, late Lord Bishop of Bristol (Northfield Trust). Currently (2004) in the keeping of Doris Cliff, Newquay. Transcribed by Nora Barwick.)

    2. [S21] Violet Rennie Death Certificate

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