1862, Alice born 1865, and
Gate House, London Road
Picture from the SWOP
Reference number BFP
: 06361 (house across valley)
We Thurlow girls are spinsters
And saw our Wycombe soldiers fall
affected all our lives
And failed to make us into wives,
still we live quite happily
Toll Gate House as you can see.
not the only ladies now
didn't take the marriage vow
further down there’s girls who wait
Still hopeful of
the marriage state,
It's just the way that things
insufficient men about.
girls were the daughters of James and Ellen Thurlow. They lived at Toll
Gate House, which was the family home of their brother Thomas.
Although they were already middle aged by the First World War
Boer war had also taken its toll on Wycombe men.
Nicholson, sister-in-law of
Charles Arthur Skull, also had rooms along the London Road which she
shared with her nursing colleague.
All of them were
to remain spinsters.
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