A Glance in the Mirror

A Glance in the Mirror

This tale traces a child’s family history from the first millennium to the present day. The subject’s beginnings were perfectly normal, but changed when the outside world was let in - to become fractured and disturbed. To accommodate an industrial revolution he retreated to take stock. Trade Union militancy shaped his world and continued to do so throughout his industrial career. Relying on his artistry he survived the unrest - until that too faltered, caught on – to take off again. The women in his life: provided a seat belt for life’s uneven ride, exposed human frailty, and offered a stony path that eventually lead to a period of calm. Thankfully, the first provided enough strength and energy to bear the latter; which makes this book a chronicle of good over bad. How it all ends though is not too clear…! The mirror reflects a mix of pictures, mostly of fun and laughter.

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CHAPTER SUBJECT KEY
Introduction.
I. A world away:- The mirror’s subject – Bedroom scene - Terry’s birth – 1935 – Cumberland Road – Father – Mother –Tatworth – Father returns from work - Stanley – Garden scene – London suburb – Home life – Roots in Ireland – James and Mary, 1790
II. 19th century London:- Thomas 1816 - Rookery – Street life – Life in Ireland – Immigration – Potato famine – Name change – Railways – Turnpikes – Stage coach – Street sellers – London’s poor – Piped water – The Society – Horse traffic – Servants
III. Victorian surroundings:- Alfred 1854 - Bayswater – The Great Exhibition – Paddington – St Matthew’s Church – Kensington Gardens – Salem Gardens – Queensway – The laundry – Martha – Whitely – Liptons – Sunday rituals – Bathing - Westminster - Soho
IV. The turn of the century: - Albert 1889 – Moscow Road – Carrier Vans – Dress of the day – Etiquette – School fees – Sunday school – Nash Villas – Kensington Gardens – The Water carts – Princess Louise – Office staff – Horse-drawn traffic – Street life
V. Kidnapped:- A walk in the park – Missing toddler – Notting Hill – Sweeps – The Policeman intervenes – Poplar Place – School life – Education – Fogs – School Boards – The Ragged Society – Workhouse – Diet – Painter and Stainer – House building
VI. Work and war:- Home entertainment – Parry – Kensal Green – Grand Union Canal – Punishment book – The Queen dies – The Boys Brigade – Scouts – GCR – Junior clerk – Thompson McKay & Co – Volunteer Rifles – The Territorials – The Kensingtons
VII. The aftermath of war:- WWI – CSM – Armistice – Return to work – Unemployment – Moneyed Classes – Sale of Estates – Redistribution of wealth – Marylebone Station – The Masons – General Strike – Unions – RSM – Shooting - Lodge Master – Courting
VIII. Village fare:- The old ford – School Lane – Market day - The Shepherd – Jumble sales – Ploughing – Oxen – Horse teams – Muck spreading – Animal feed – Shepherds hut – Hurdles - Harrowing – Lambing – Rick building – Haymaking
IX. Elsie makes out:- Board Schools – Standards – Tatworth – Curriculum – School Inspectors – Discipline – Children’s health and Hygene – Rowntree Foundation – WWI – Certificated teacher – Education by rote – School’s Medical Board – Assembly
X. Rural home life:- The Education Act 1918 – School playground games – Empire Day – Reading in bed – Feast days – Pupil Teachers – Mill Engineer – Small & Tidmus – Lace Mill – Returning soldiers – Unemployment – Working the Land – Landed gentry
XI. Beside the loom:- Mr Phelps – School report - Lacehand – Perry Street – Bobbin Lace – Agriculteral revolution – Salter and Stokes Creamery – United Dairies – Forde Abbey – In Service – Mrs Roper – Live-in-Maid – Lady’s Maid – Companion – A-step-up
XII. In service and beyond: - Landed gentry – Post-War changes – Preparing Mrs Ropers clothes – The house routine – Up-to-London – Masonic Dinner – Sitting at the top table – Invited to dance – Courting – Whirlwind romance – Marriage – The 30s
XIII. Suburban living in the thirties:- Death rates – Public lavatories – Drinking fountains – Street cleaners – State schools – Hadow report, 1923 – Car production – Aircraft production – Film production – Rank – Harrow Coliseum – Harroe Council
XIV. Wives and Mothers:- Public Nurseries – Parks – recreation grounds – Shops and Public Lavatories – Local police – AA Boxes – Vitamin welfare Scheme – Marketing Act, 1928 – Import Duties, 1932 – MAF – Nations diet – Sunday entertainment
XV. Defending our country:- Impending war, shelters – ARP – AFS - PR – WVS – CD – Home Guard – Major Kearey – War breaks out – 17th London Division – Black-out – Dig for Victory – Allotment Association – Make-do-and-Mend – Radio – Rationing
XVI. War torn Britain:- Phoney war – North Harrow – The British Empire – Cinema – LNER – Rearmament – Complementary rail ticket – London underground – Co-op – Old time dancing – Clock tower – Shopping – Council homes – Town’s cross-roads
XVII. Church and school:- National schools – Pinner – Education for the poor, 1833 – The Education Act, 1880 – Longfield – Headstone Secondary Modern – North Harrow – Rayners Lane – Private Education – Local Churches – National Youth Associations
XVIII. Town life:- The railway – Local station – Bus service – Fuel – Pinner Fair –Workhouse – Horse traffic – Unemployment – Phoney war – The British Army retreats – British restaurants – Local Home Guard Unit – ARP – Parks and recreation – Dust carts
XIX. Home:- Cumberland Road – Neighbours – Street life - Front garden – Interior decoration – The family lived in the kitchen – Rations - War time radio – Family meals – War time diet – Children’s hour – Lord Reith
XX. Family life:- Popular programmes – Double summertime – Football coupons – Football results – Cutting the firewood – Back yard – Kitchen furniture – Home Guard service – Washing – Waste not want not – Bedtime – Hot water bottles
XXI. Dig for Victory:- Backyard – Kitchen garden – The garden shed – The German War on two fronts – Chicken run – Wartime Christmas – Grandmother – Kings speech – Lighting the fire – baked potatoes – toast and crumpets – chestnuts – Christmas
XXII. Wartime education:- Primary school – sewing lessons – Education by rote – Garden trench – Wartime allotment – mowing the lawn – The back garden – Germany invades Poland – War declared – Shelters – Concreting the back yard
XXIII. Winning the war:- Classroom lessons – Saturday morning pictures – Scouts – Swimming – Hitlers Vengence weapons – A doodle bug crashes – second front – VE Day – Natialization – National health – 1944, Education Act – 11- plus – BB
XXIV. The world of Work:- Boys Brigade – 1st Pinner Company - School prize – Oppenheimer – Chromoworks – Artist’s studio – Apprentice –Doughty Street – Boult Court – London School of Printing – Fleet Street – Back Hill – Festival of Britain
XXV. National service:- RMFVR – Morgate –Rifle shooting – Call up – Lympstone – Bickley – Whale Island – HMS Illustrius – Bofos gun – Dingy sailing – Corporal of the Gangway – Paint shop – Amphibious Wing, Landing Craft, Beach Section
XXVI. Going courting:- Back to work – Photography – Saturday night dances – Motor bike – Town Hall dances – Sally – Engagement - Warners Holiday camp – Sudbury Hill – Music making – Quiet contentment – Style of living
XXVII. Marriage bells:- Future In-laws – Priory Gardens – Setting standards – Rita set the tone – Harry gave stability – Volunteer Reserve, Flying to Malta – Landing Craft Training – Pitman’s – Israeli conflict – Printing strike – Marriage – Honeymoon
XXVIII. Newly weds:- Harrow Road – AJS – Wembley Hospital – Meadow Road – Chromoworks goes to Nottingham – Wood Rozelaar & Wilkes – Retraining - Sun Litho – Society changes – Economy trusting ahead – Overtime – Web-offset presses
XXIX. The first-born:- Starting a family – Colour suppliments – Government think-tanks – Driving test – Selling the bike – Ford van - The first-born – Moving to Pinner – Buying a house – Norwood Drive – Harbury – Moving in – Harry retires – Family holiday
XXX. Building & Restoration:- Building a garage, Our first family holiday – The death of Harry – Do-it-yourself – Age of the mini – Midwife – The parents move home – Pregnancy again – The family grows – It begins to feel like home
XXXI. Their first car:- Edgewar Hospital – Holidays in the west Country – Family walks – Following the map – Just round the corner – Simon, David Rachel and now Ruth. A loft extension is necessary – Planning regulations eased – The age of the car
XXXII. Keeping up appearances: - Overtime – Library trips – Doing without television – Homework – The power of the union – Swimming for all – Militant tendency – British Leyland – Nationalized Industries –Socials inclusion – Comprehensive education
XXXIII. Financial pressure: - ITA – Money tightening – Race Relations Act – National Front – Industrial Innovations – the age of the computer – Washing machine – Speech training – Bursting at the seams – No more children – Complete family
XXXIV. The pattern of life: - Chiswick Music Society – Evening concerts at Red Lion Square – Mother dies – Lack of insulin – General Election – Mrs Thatcher – Local newspapers printed on the web – Eddie Shar – Numerous strikes – The Klishograph – ND
XXXV. Working conditions: - Trade platemakers – White card system – The Chapel – Wages and Conditions – Robert Maxwell – Rupert Murdoch – Scanners – Computer digitization – National strike – The Wilson Ministry – Unemployment doubles
XXXVI. Changing tack: - Times newspapers – Vario Klishograph – Overtime – Edward heath – Grammar schools – Supplementary benefits – School fees – Becoming a lecturer – Lithography now the premier printing process – Teaching a craft – Going to Garnet
XXXVII. Reaching out:- Teach practice – Inspectors pay a call – Retirement – The industry reals – Eddy Shah – Winter of Discontent – ERM – CCPR – Little black book – Working relationships – Typing Pool – Woman’s freedom
XXXVIII. Bursting at the seams:- The divorce reform Act – Sixth Form College – UCCA - Parental control – Piano practice – Teenage rebellion – Camping – In France – ARC – Outside home interest – Finding love – That damned Christmas
XXXIX. Rocky patch:- The end in sight – Trying to make overtures – Financial problems – Decisions made – Children dazed – Seeking custody – Reconciliation – Help at work – Mother-in-Law helps out – Becoming self employed – Social Worker – Unreasonableness – Court hearing
XL. Problem resolved:- Pinner Green – Number 5 Leighton Cottages – Market price – Deposit and Mortgage – Leaving home – Moving day – Refurnishing – Preparing for winter – New studio – Showing off the house – Rebecca calls – Freelance work takes the strain – Social worker calls – Faults made – Staying put
XLI. Lucky break:- Harrow Lions Club – All alone – Christmas cheer – Support offered – Court case – Losing custody – Giving everything up – Children left to cope – Seeking a new partner – Miner strike – Prestige Partners – Josephine calls – Tinkers Hey – Hill Samuel – Rita calls – Extending, Absolution
XLII. Special day:- Taking on a new family – Picking up Rebecca – Unemployment – IT – Print Unions – Murdoch’s News International – Its – Remarriage – Simon’s graduation – Putting Leighton Cottages on the market – Family holiday – Anthony leaves school – Danieli – Warners – Altea – Maxwell
XLIII. College Farm:- Thatched property – LCP – Printing strike – Bernia Golf – St James – Setting up a freelance studio – House in Spain – Boca Raton – Opening up the Spanish peninsular – Stan moves to Spain – Ruff joins the family – The flood – Fred and Lorna – Dog portraits – Champneys - Property development
XLIV. Taking the plunge:- Moving to Spain – Sotogrande – Walter and Beryl – Trevor Dine – Andalucia Properties – Estapona – John Reese – Gibraltar Company – San Jose – Sam Lord’s castle – David’s degree – Ben – Mrs Harrison – Adopting Anna
XLV. Expatriates:- Charmandean school – Ivan Novello School – Sir J Hassan – Josephine to be a Director – Collecting new furniture – Costa Blanca – Costal development – Black Monday – Removers arrive – Left alone – Anna goes to school – The Vanes – The Spanish school system
XLVI. Sotogrande:- Flamenco dancing – San Roque – Summer school – Macho society – Altering the garden – Hermitage Cottage – car broken into – David Culshaw – Kerry Packer sells Hill Samuel – Bank Van Ernst – Stocking the garden – Josephine sidelined – Trip to Ronda
XLVII. Enduring the flood:- La Fuenta – The vanes leave – Calling the plumber – Home routine – Basking in the heat – Switzerland – Chest infection – Helen calls – Casares – White Villages of Spain – The Cravens – Terraced garden – Olive oil pots for sale. Thoughts of moving
XLVIII. Puerto de la Cruz:- Converting the studio façade – Marbella money show – Escuitura – Anna’s class position – Monks Cottage – Picture Gallery – Christmas 1988 – The pottery – Hong Kong – Temporary sleeping arrangements
XLIX. Over the hills and far away:- Moving from Sotogrande – Removal van – Ben Gunn – Opepas – Winter in Casares – Summer smells – Pepe’s goats – Catching the school bus – The valley bottom – Marie – Forest fire – Home threatened – Broken windows
L. Electing to return home:- Leaving Hassan – BCCI – Bank of England – Anna finishes her Baccalaureate – A Degree course – Cambridge – Selling the home – ERM – Town Hall meeting – June Fair – Special invitations – Magic of Spain – Aylesbury – The Old House – Goodbye Spain
Retrospective.