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My Days

Kathleen Brown was born on 28th May 1915 and was a maid at South Ormsby Hall from 1932 to 1941. Kathleen passed away in March 2020.

In the early 2000s, Kathleen began to write her life story. She documented her experiences, including those at South Ormsby Hall.

Here you can follow Kathleen Brown’s journey through a long and eventful Lincolnshire life. This is her tale in her voice, just as she wrote it. We hope you enjoy this moving account of a long life, fully lived.

Years of memories...

Kathleen’s stories give us a vivid insight into life at South Ormsby Estate in the 1930s. With the events of those days fading from living memory, we are fortunate to have such a rich account of our pre-war heritage. Knowing our own past so intimately will ensure that we can rejuvenate the Estate while honouring the legacy of those who went before us.

 

Kath’s story:

Kath’s story is something we want to treasure and share with you all.

We’ve carefully divided her journey into eight weekly instalments.

We’ll follow Kath’s story from childhood to service at South Ormsby, then to marriage, motherhood and more.

Please check below for the latest instalment of ‘My Days’.

My Days – a Labour of Love

David Brown, Kathleen’s son, reflects on the emotional journey he took into his own heritage when he discovered his mum’s memoir, ‘My Days’.   IN …

My Days – Chapter Eight

Of all the events and activities that mum experienced at Stones Place, the highlight came for her 104th birthday. Through MHA’s Seize the Day initiative …

My Days – Chapter Seven

Moving On Over the coming months, although mum felt she could no longer travel distances, we still went on shorter journeys to see family, go …

My Days – Chapter Six

Life is so lonely now. I think of all the things I did at such-and-such a time, and I wish I could do them with …

My Days – Chapter Five

Somersby Close As I sit writing this, it’s January 3rd, 2001. I am at David’s house – and of course his wife’s too. He is …

My Days – Chapter Four

South Ormsby Hall I went to work at South Ormsby Hall in 1932. I hated it at first because I had nowhere to go on …

My Days – Chapter Three

Leaving Home When I was 16, I went into private service at Market Stainton with the Parker family. They were great. I went there as …

My Days – Chapter Two

Donington on Bain was about two miles from where we used to live. When we could, Grace and I used to walk to Stenigot to …

My Days – Chapter One

Prologue My mother, Kathleen Brown, encouraged by a neighbour, sat down in the early 2000s and began to write her life story. For someone who …

Our Days:

Many have been inspired by Kath’s story and sent us their memories to share with you. Entitled ‘Our Days’, these stories are from people who grew up in and around Lincolnshire, some still live and work here.

If you enjoyed reading Kath’s story, you’ll love these…

Fly Fishing, the Old Rectory & the Dreaded Minibus – Memories of a Country Parish

We’re most grateful to Sarah Billings. Inspired by our appearance on BBC Countryfile, Sarah shared her memories of life at South Ormsby Estate in the …

Pentecost’s Respect, Polling Reds & Touring Bulls – Memories of a Stockman

We’re most grateful to Phil Needham of Boston. After seeing our magnificent Lincoln Reds on BBC Countryfile, he shared some fascinating family memories with us. …

Snowdrift by Simon Harrod via Flickr CC

Hedge-high Snow, Paraffin Incubators & Bridesmaid Duty – a Lincolnshire Childhood

Jo Houlden was born in 1943. Her sister, Joyce Thorndyke, was 15-years older and entered service at South Ormsby Hall as a cook in 1942. …