Postcard Correspondence with In-lawsPosted: 22 Jul 2013
This couple was identified during the settlement of the estate of Raymond Walter Coulson in 1997, and a copy of the marriage certificate was supplied by a then living descendant of the couple.
Bride: Grace Constance Violet Knock
Groom: Charles Peckett
Date: 26 July 1919
Location: St Marks, Peterborough, Northampton
Bride & Groom addresses: 32 Bright Street
Raymond was the son of Grace’s sister, Mabel Maud Blanche Hilda Knock (known as Maud) and Albert Walter Coulson (known as Bob). The Pecketts feature prominently in Raymond’s photograph and postcard collections. There isn’t a wedding photo, but this portrait of the couple was taken in 1920:
‘To Maud & Bob With our Love’
The photo is a studio portrait. The imprint, ‘Boughtons, Ipswich’, identifies the photographer and likely location. Robert Pols’ Early Photographic Studios website surveyed trade directories and concludes that Boughton’s was a chain of photographers with studios that operated in several Norfolk and Suffolk towns, including two Ipswich premises, 24 Buttermarket and 25 Westgate Street.
As Suffolk’s county town, Ipswich was the nearest sizable town to Hitcham, the birthplace of sisters Grace and Maud. In 1911, Maud worked as a general domestic servant in Alfred Gosselin’s household at 7 Broughton Rd, Ipswich. It is most likely that Grace and Charles had their photograph taken on a visit to Ipswich.
Maud’s son, Raymond, inherited a postcard collection from her. Grace sent Maud postcards for her birthday on the 9 May regularly. Not all are dated or addressed, but it is possible to track the sister’s residences over time.
|Year||Grace’s address||Maud’s address|
|1915||The Water-run, Hitcham, nr Ipswich, Suffolk|
|1917||The Waterrun, Hitcham, Nr Ipswich, Suffolk|
|1920||88 Ludlow Rd, Saltly, Birmingham|
|1921||32 Bright St., Peterboro’|
|1923||22 Park St., Fetton, Peterborough||213 Vauxhall Rd, Vauxhall, Birmingham|
|1930||10 Kenwood Rd, Bordesley Green East, Birmingham|
|1934||103 Walton Gardens, Springfield road, Grantham, Lincolnshire||10 Kenwood Rd, Bordesley Green East, Birmingham 9|
In 1921, Grace’s address was 32 Bright Street, the same as given at her marriage.
© Sue Adams 2013
 Church of England, St Marks church. Certified copy of an entry of Marriage. England, Northampton, Peterborough district. Issued 26 July 1919. Photocopy. citing Marriage Register, no 374. 1919/07/26. Peckett, Charles & Knock, Grace Constance Violet.
 Census, 1911. England, Suffolk, Ipswich, ED 22, image no. 885, household schedule no. 151, Gosselin, Alfred; Ancestry (ancestry.co.uk: accessed 41471); citing The National Archives RG 14/10847.