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Mr Trott writes:
I have happened across the Devon History Society on the internet and wondered if anyone would recognise the location of the attached photograph. I do hope you don't mind me contacting you in this regard.
The photograph shows my Grandmother Una Bidgood winning an egg and spoon race. Written on the reverse of the photograph is 'Fore Street Whouse sports'.
My Grandmother was born in 1898 and therefore I think that the period is roughly WW1 or shortly thereafter. At this time her family lived in Finchley in London. Initial investigation leads me to think that this is not a Fore Street in London.
There was a family connection with Devon and she would have spent time there visiting family, and some initial investigation using the internet tells me there are a number of Devon towns with Fore Streets.
I know that Whouse sometimes would be taken to mean workhouse, but the picture doesn't look in any way related to a workhouse and the family had no connections with any workhouses that I know of.
I have another photograph taken at a totally different time of Una's sister on the back of which is written just White House. This may or may not be connected. But I wonder if it possibly gives a clue to Whouse.
I wonder therefore if any of your society members might recognise the location in the photograph as a location in Devon or know of any sporting events such as that pictured which fit the description on the reverse of the photograph.
If anyone can help with this, please contact us via the site maintainer (email@example.com), who will forward you answer to Mr Trott.
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