01/07/2022

Violet Evelyn Eileen (Stiles) ALLEN

Violet (Stiles) Allen

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Violet was born on 24 Jun 1921, and this was registered in Chew Magna, Somerset. Though her family lived at Pensford a large village in the Chew Valley.

‘Pensford’ means the furthest point of the road or ‘top of the road’. Or alternatively may mean the animal pens at the ford. It has history in the cloth and woollen trades, it was where the rebel forces camped during the Monmouth Rebellion in June 1685 and was a coal mining village in the 19th and 20th centureis. Set in the Somerset coalfield its colliery opetrated from 1909-1965.

Pensofrd lock-up

This ocatoganal 18th c lock-up, was where locals were detained because the nearest prison was too long a walk for trivial offences. It is extant and is a Grade II listed building.

Monarch’s Way marker

Pensord is on ‘The Monarch’s Way’, a 625 m long footpath that is said to be Charles II’s escape route, following his defeat at the Battle of Worcester (3 Sep 1651). It runs from Worcester, north to Boscobel, south to Stratford-upom-Avon, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cirencester and Bristol, then crosses the Chew at Pensford, carries on through Wells, Yeovil, Charmouth (Dorset) and on to Shoreham-on-Sea.

John Locke

It was home to John Locke (1632-1704), the Enlightenment philosopher and physician, hailed as the ‘Father of Liberalism’. He advanced epistemology (the theory of knowledge and political philosophy.

Acker Bilk (1929-2014)

But the family cherishes none of these Pensford facts, Instead it focuses on Violet’s next-door neighbour that she knew as little Billy Bilk. Actually Bernard Stanley Bilk, but known to the world as the trad-jazz singer and clarinetist Acker Bilk. His 1962 instrumental ‘Stranger on the Shore’ became the UK’s biggest selling single of 1962, spending more than 50 weeks on the UK charts, peaking at number two, and it became the second-ever number-one single in the United States by a British artist.

In 1939, she is shown as living at 7 Lower Redland Road in Bristol with her mother, Adeline, and her father, Albert. He is 52 years old and a gardener, she is pursuing unpaid domestic duties.

Violet married Ivanhoe Wilfred Allen on 5 Sep 1942 in Bristol.

Violet with Jane

After Ivan returned from WWII, they had Jane Alison Allen on 11 December 1948.

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