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The War Years. 1939-1945.

Ellen and John Ruston, Cawney Bank House

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Ellen and John Ruston, Cawney Bank House
I published my mother's own war-time memory of this occasion in the forums. She died in 1977.
Posted by David Loaring on July 2, 2011 Slideshow

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mike gutteridge
5:25 PM on January 19, 2012 
Coincidence- as current custodian of cawney bank house, I was born in Canada. my father was stationed in Halifax N.S. as a crewmember of a submarine HMS Truncheon, before returning to the uk in the late 50's.
mike gutteridge
5:14 PM on January 19, 2012 
just come across this site whilst looking for some history to cawney bank house.
I have been living in cawney bank house for nearly 30 years, however this is now only the stables and lodge to the larger house which after being used as a hospice for soldiers, was burned down by vandals in the sixties. the only clue to its history is a large gatepost which says 'to the house'.
mike gutteridge
5:04 PM on January 19, 2012 
David Loaring says...
Hello there Jayne: sorry to say I have no photos of these houses. However, if I am correct with the address, (if it is now Cawney Bank Lodge), enter the following in Google maps, click on the Lodge tag for Streetview, and you are set right down beside it, quite wonderful.

37 Oakham Road, Dudley, West Midlands, United Kingdom

My mother died many years ago, but I have this bit concerning Cawney Bank house:
"One of the most dramatic moments in Aunt Tilly?s life must have been when she took my Granny Ruston to see Cawney Bank House. I think Granny, dear aged soul, was lost in wonder and admiration over so much magnificence. She must have thought it a palace. She must have returned to her own humble bed and board with a great sigh of relief that it was Tilly and Harry who had to look after it all. I wonder if Jim, or Honour, or Mary remember that first visit their grandmother made to Cawney Bank House."
All the best, and Merry Christmas, David Loaring, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
David Loaring
4:24 AM on December 13, 2011 
Hello there Jayne: sorry to say I have no photos of these houses. However, if I am correct with the address, (if it is now Cawney Bank Lodge), enter the following in Google maps, click on the Lodge tag for Streetview, and you are set right down beside it, quite wonderful.

37 Oakham Road, Dudley, West Midlands, United Kingdom

My mother died many years ago, but I have this bit concerning Cawney Bank house:
"One of the most dramatic moments in Aunt Tilly?s life must have been when she took my Granny Ruston to see Cawney Bank House. I think Granny, dear aged soul, was lost in wonder and admiration over so much magnificence. She must have thought it a palace. She must have returned to her own humble bed and board with a great sigh of relief that it was Tilly and Harry who had to look after it all. I wonder if Jim, or Honour, or Mary remember that first visit their grandmother made to Cawney Bank House."
All the best, and Merry Christmas, David Loaring, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Jayne Casey
5:44 PM on December 12, 2011 
Hi my partners great great great grandparents lived at cawney bank House in the 1870's and I googled images and your photograph came up. just wondered if you knew of any photographs of Cawney bank House and Springfield house too which was nearby.

thankyou

Jayne Casey
David Loaring
9:51 PM on July 2, 2011 
Ellen (Ruston) Loaring and brother John Ruston, 1941, the last time she saw him alive, I think out front of Cawney Bank House. Their Father was George Ruston, son of Joseph Ruston. Ellen came over to England during the war while her husband served in the Royal Navy, on loan from the Canadian Navy.