The History of Marigold Cottage and its Owners

To celebrate 30 years of ownership, I decided to look into its history, and documents in my possession have taken me back to 1913

This photograph was taken by the estate agents in 1983 when I bought Marigold Cottage

This photograph was taken in 2019

The research is being enthusiastically shared by Jennifer Barber who owns one of the other cottages, and by Annette Lawton of Mansfield who has been very involved with Marigold Cottage in the 37 years that I have owned it.

The owners over the years

1913 - 1925
Florence Forman (b 1878 d 1967 or 1959) bought the land from Frances Mortimer, widow of William Mortimer who played cricket for Lincolnshire against the All England Team in 1861 and 1862  Florence was a school mistress at South Ormsby at the time of selling the land to Ada Sharpley
1925 - 1928
Ada Sharpley (b 1862 d 1955), who built Marigold Cottage and the three cottages on the land - Curlew Cottage, Seagull Cottage and Skylark Cottage.  Ada was born in Louth.  She came from a large family of scholars and lived most of her working life at 27 Halifax Road, Chesterton, Cambridge working as a school mistress.  She compiled an anthology of poetry published in 1922 called The Poet's Year which can be viewed online.  At the time of her death she was living at Seagull Cottage, and she left Skylark Cottage to her nieces Philippa and Jean Allison.
1928 - 1950
Annie Clara Caroline Foord (nee Labatt) (b 1874 d 1949).  She was born in Bradford, married Timothy Foord when she was 47 in 1923 - they lived in Barton on Humber.  He died two years later, and she was living at The Homestead, Sturry, Kent when she bought Marigold Cottage.  Philippa Allison was the witness atAnnie Clara Caroline Labatt's wedding and Philippa inherited Marigold Cottage from her.
1950 - 1964
Philippa Allison (b 1889 d 1968), who also inherited Skylark Cottage in 1955.  Philippa was Ada's niece and lived at The Hill, Crowtree Lane, Louth
1964 - 1980
Joan Middup (b 1932), who in 1970 became Joan Renfree. Joan still lives in Stamford. Both she and some of her extended family have visited us several times over the years, taking an interest in developments and reminding us what it used to be like and their happy memories of holidays here.
1980 - 1983
David Fieldman (b 1952). David and I have been friends from a very young age, he originally came from Leicester and I came from Mansfield, but our families had caravans on Bohemia caravan site, Sutton on Sea, so we spent all our long summer holidays in here from just after the 1953 floods.
1983 - present
Stephanie Lee (b 1950).  I was working in Japan when I bought Marigold, and continued to live and work overseas until 2001, just coming 'home' in the summer holidays. I moved back here in January 2001, and have been based here ever since, first with my Mother, Betty Lee and now sharing it with my husband John Raby and our dogs Tassie and Momo.

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