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Brentford Families - Gladys MitchellBrenda Bostock wrote in February 2012: ' just had a look on the BHS site to see if you had any reference to the above ... She lived in our road (Hamilton) but I can't remember her. She is an author and has written the Mrs Bradley series on BBC4 at the moment. She retired from Brentford Secondary the year before I started!
This is the internet address of her tribute page with all the info: http://www.gladysmitchell.com.
Notes from freeBMD/ancestry/findmypastThe website above includes her birth and death dates (1901 - 1983) and describesin details her teaching career in Brentford and area. Could I add to this in an hours research? Yes, a little...
FreeBMD includes a birth registration of Gladys Maude W Mitchell in Headington Registration District, Oxfordshire in April-June 1901.
The 1911 census (findymypast) shows the Mitchell family at 137 Windmill Road, Brentford:
The 1911 census list shows their neighbours were the WEEKS family at 135 Windmill Road (head: William Henry Weeks, furniture salesman), on the other side at 139 was a shop run by Albert VICCARS, a dairyman, and then the HICKS family (13 of them, headed by George Frederick Hicks, a woodwork instructor), at Oxford House, Windmill Road.
Findmypast also holds Teacher's Registration Council Registers 1914-1948 and I hoped there would be some information for Gladys here: but a quick check showed no matches, nor under her second name, Maude.
Electoral registers on ancestry showed:
So who was Winnie Blazey? There is one birth registered that matches her name in full: at Fulham in 1892. If this is the same person she was nine years older than Gladys.
Findmypast 1911 census shows Clara Winifred Blazey living in Fulham, a student with London County Council. She had two sisters and her father William Blazey was an "art iron work repairer" working for a museum. Did Clara Winifred marry? I was not able to find a marriage and there is a death registration of a Clara W Blazey, age 72, in Ealing Registration District in 1964 that fits.
Gladys Mitchell died in Dorset in 1983. (FreeBMD, Poole Reg Dist).
Some useful linksIf your interest is piqued:
As at July 2012 BookPeople are offering a set of 8 Gladys Mitchell novels for £8.99 plus postageTop
Page published April 2012; updated July 2012