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In Septem­ber I re­ceived an email from Shirley

Hardy Rix who was vis­it­ing the UK from Aus­tralia. Shirley’s great great grand­fa­ther was John All­sop who worked on the Es­tate for Sir Henry, the third baronet, and de­cided to em­i­grate to Aus­tralia with his wife Ellen in 1865, af­ter their mar­riage at St Mary’s Church. Shirley had a let­ter of thanks writ­ten to Sir Henry in which John en­quires touch­ingly of the fam­ily (Sir Henry and his wife had ten chil­dren!) and the Es­tate. Even more fas­ci­nat­ing, Shirley and her hus­band Brian are mo­tor­bike mad and had shipped their BMW 1200 from Aus­tralia, pick­ing it up at Har­wich and driv­ing all over Europe for two months be­fore their trip to Tiss­ing­ton. They have pre­vi­ously even driven back to Aus­tralia over­land through Europe, Iran and Turkey on a bike that had done 270,000 miles! A fam­ily of in­trepid ex­plor­ers, both then and now!

Shirley and Brian from Aus­tralia

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