By now if you follow a certain blog by Caren you will know I have crafted her a ‘Heritage Rabbit’ as a proviso for the lovely buttons she donated to me, I thought it would be fun to have a little bio on Wallis Russell the ‘Workhouse Rabbit’ and I was once told that in every story you tell there should be a little truth to give it depth and credibility, the names George / Martha / Wallis and North End Farm are fictitious and should be seen as purely coincidental in their representation, whereas all the other information is true.
I love social history, how the lives of our forefathers shaped our own, so now for the truthful elements of my letter that accompanied Wallis to her new life
I did a little research into Southwell’s records to make sure no Wallis was noted so as not to cause distress to any living relatives.
Mrs Alice Nix was my Great, Great Grandmother and did indeed live with her daughter and the family were employed as farm labourers & domestic servants, although they didn’t live in Navenby I do have ancestors from that village, I also had ancestors who were evicted from tied cottages, even the part about a child being released as an apprentice from the workhouse happened.
I hope this gives a little glimpse as to my inspiration for my latest ‘Heritage Rabbit’
Mrs T’s post and photos of her meeting with Wallis is an absolute delight, and I just know Wallis will settle down to her new life as her apprentice with a warm heart