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September 1948

Bob, Frank Wilkinson, Minnie and William Wilkinson

Minnie and William visit Stoke-on-Trent

September 20, 1948
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My Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather (Minnie and William Wilkinson) visited their home town of Stoke-on-trent, England in the Summer/Fall of 1948.

Here is letter they sent to my Grandfather, Frank Wilkinson

A few notables from the letter:

  • This appears to be the first trip they made back after leaving England in 1916.
  • They were traveling with someone named “Cissie” I think I remember my Grandfather mentioning this person, but I am not sure who it is.
  • Apparently “Cissie” is not coming back with them. She is going to marry a “man who lives in Blackpool”.
  • Minnie’s cousins wanted to have the newspaper come over and take pictures of them. Apparently there visit was some kind of big event. I would imagine that in that time, people didn’t often leave Longton.
  • She mentions how expensive things are there. During this time, England was still under fairly strict rationing. Minine says that everything was a “shocking price”
  • They spent a few days at Rudyard Lake.

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Here is Google Street View of the street where they were staying. note: Longton is an area of Stoke-on-Trent, England.