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Wilch Family


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Sidney and Edith Wilch moved into the Walpole Arms in 1912. He had previously driven open fronted trams in Norwich and was advised to move to the country to ease his bronchitis. During August of their first year in the village the flood came. The water reached the top of the stairs, drowning their stock of Norwich canaries. Staff and customers were marooned in the club room upstairs watching the flood waters rising. Respite only came when the bridge finally gave way releasing the flood water towards the mill.

c.1920
c.1920
Sid Wilch and family
left to right: May Wilch, Edith Wilch, Nellie Wilch
Violet (Maud's daughter) Edith's sister Maud, Alice (Maud's daughter)
The picture was taken on the front lawn at the Walpole Arms - note the substantial gate and fence.


1920
Edith Wilch holding Nellie & Herbert in the pub yard in 1920
The pub wall is in the background on the left and there is a circle of seats under the yew tree

My Dad also worked at and ran the mill and he had a fish round. He would call the horse from the orchard but he wouldn't come so he would yell "Edith!" Mother would come and she would call "Jack!" and he'd come trotting over and Dad would put the harness on him. He would drive to the train station at Aylsham to get the fish.
Joan (Nellie) Hall née Wilch - 20th November 2007


Edith Wilch and Herbert Lake
Edith Wilch and Herbert Lake
The picture was taken outside the pub door.
Herbert Lake was a close family friend who unfortunately died in WW1


Sid Wilch with 2 friends outside the pub door
Sid Wilch (left) with 2 friends outside the pub door


Sid and family with the brewery draymen
Sid and family with the brewery draymen
Is the man on the left the driver? May is at the front on the left. Has the tree gone now?

c.1928 the Wilch family moved to Blickling where Sid worked on the Estate turning his hand to almost anything. At one point, his daughter Nellie remembered he painted out the inside of the Mausoleum in Blickling woods.


Edith and May c.1900
Edith's maiden name was Daynes. Presumably this picture was taken in Norwich.
May worked very hard for her parents at the pub, cleaning and cooking.
In years to come she was to marry Billy Barratt


Mr and Mrs Barrett - Billy's parents
Mr and Mrs Barrett - Billy's parents
The Barretts lived on the common in a little cottage next to Orchard Farm.
After he died she moved back to London.



May Wilch and Billy Barratt's wedding
May Wilch and Billy Barratt's wedding
Bill and May are sitting in their chauffeur driven limousine just to the right of the gentleman in the top hat. Sidney Wilch is in the centre in uniform. May's sister Alice is the bridesmaid on the right and some of the Danes family are on the left.


May Barrett and family
May Barrett and family
Sitting outside No. 95, The Street.
May did sewing and laundry work for Commander Sharp at Mannington Hall.

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