AN ODD MEETING

The 1930 pilgrims called upon their cousins at Woodhouse, the home of Dr Basil Harwood, whose mother was Mary Sturge. His wife, Mrs Mabel Harwood, made this record of the event.

"In 1930 on June 29th Antony's elder son Christopher was born at Woodhouse. It was an unusually lovely summer and the roses excelled themselves in beauty. He was only a few weeks old when an odd meeting of the Sturge family took place. Helen Sturge, who lived with her sister Elizabeth on Durdam Downs, both Quakers and remarkable women, came one day to say that some members of the family wished to make a pilgrimage to the various houses which at one time or another their forebears had inhabited (one I seem to remember was at a pretty old manor house.)

Would we invite them and give them tea? Of course we assented, and I asked how many there would be. "Oh, about eight or ten" was the reply. However, about sixty-five or seventy turned up, of whom we scarcely knew a dozen. However, the day was fine, and they enjoyed the tea of cakes and buns with clotted cream. Then the assembled party were photographed on the lawn. Elizabeth as the eldest member sat in the middle with Christopher on her lap and beside the eldest male Sturge, both in their seventies or eighties. On the grass in front was placed a bust of Joseph Sturge, a great philanthropist who had lived at Birmingham. Everyone must have had a good laugh over the account in the Bristol paper, which made it appear as if Christopher was the offspring of the two old people."