Friends uncover fascinating family history

Susan Cook and her friend Pamela Edgeley found out by pure chance that their nans used to work together at Ickworth house - one of them kept a diary - and so they are revisiting it together.

Susan Cook and her friend Pamela Edgeley found out by pure chance that their nans used to work together at Ickworth house - one of them kept a diary - and so they are revisiting it together.

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A diary entry written 100 years ago today has inspired two best friends to retrace their grandparent’s footsteps.

Susan Cook, from Red Lodge, and Pamela Edgeley, from Depden, have been friends for more than 25 years but had no idea their grandmothers had worked together more than a century ago.

Susan’s grandmother, Dorothy Harvey, and Pamela’s grandmother, Edith Buckle, had both worked at Ickworth House and after re-reading Dorothy’s old ‘friendship book’ Susan discovered a poem written by Edith 100 years ago today.

The pair visited the stately home this afternoon to find out more about their ancestors.

Susan said: “We knew each other all these years but didn’t know our grandmothers both worked here together.

“It started when I told Pam that my grandson was working at Ickworth House.

“When I told her, Pam said her grandmother used to work here - and I said ‘mine too’.

“I looked in my grandmother’s old autograph book, a friendship book filled with writing and drawings, and found a poem written by Edith on September 20, 1913.”

On their trip to Ickworth today, Pamela brought along a carriage clock given to Edith by the housekeeper on her 21st birthday.

For more read next week’s Bury Free Press.