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Baden Cecil Groom

Baden Cecil Groom was the third of five sons of Ralph Groom and Rebecca (nee Brown), and he was born in 1900 when the family lived at 20 Washbrook Road.

The family must have moved to Felmersham soon after, but returned in April 1909, to 24 Washbrook Road. Baden and his two elder brothers were all admitted to Alfred Street school on 6th April, but were then transferred to North End School, Hayway, on 24th of April 1909. A sister was born in 1911.

In 1925 Baden married Violet May Salter. Her father James was from Farndish and his wife Elizabeth Ellen (nee Gross) from Wollaston, and they came here in 1901, and Violet was born the following year. By 1911 James was working as an edge setter in the shoetrade, and they were living at 87 Cromwell Road. They had three more children, James Henry in 1904, Florence Ellen in 1906, and Denis Robert in 1908.

Baden was a shopkeeper in 1928 Kelly's Directory at 24 Washbrook Road, and by 1940 he was at No.20 where he remained until at least 1969. He traded as a dairyman through the years and at sometime was also a general dealer. He may have taken over No.18 too.

This photograph shows Violet, making deliveries in Fletcher Road, using a hand-cart.

Violet with a hand cart
Violet Groom making milk deliveries c1920s - Eric Fowell Collection

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