Joyce Baker, nee Hargreave of Woodhouse Quaker Meeting.

My mother, Joyce Hargreave was from the Atkin family in Woodhouse and was a ‘birthright’ member of the Quaker Meeting; she had a few tales about George Fox’s visit to Ballifield where he preached outdoors to a crowd estimated at 2,000. Her parents and many of her relatives are buried there (headstones now removed to a corner of the plot). She also told the story of the LeTalls – Hugenot refugees – and their adventures on arriving penniless in the area; also of the bailiffs seizing goods from the Atkins’ shops on account of non-payment of Tithes. When she died in 2012 Joyce left a trove of photographs, many taken by her mother Annie Atkin but at least one from a much earlier period (mid Victorian?) which I am happy to pass on.

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