I am doing some research into the breeders of flatcoated retrievers who also showed their dogs.
There were two misses Meeson – two sisters who lived at Rettendon Lodge, Battlesbridge, pre 1960s. Their home now, I believe, is a hotel. They bred flatcoats and Westies, information that came from a lady that bought a flatcoat in 1960.
I wonder if there are any photos of them around, and their house at the time.
Miss M.E Meeson died in 1961.
Seemingly they rode up-side saddle to Buckhatch Farm, on a Sunday to see a Mrs Mary
Neave, to get their flatcoated retrievers clipped.
I would be grateful if you can add anything about them, even if in a local paper of those times. Seemingly they were quite characters!!!!!
I have recently bought a book called ‘Struggle and Suffrage in Chelmsford’ by Stephen Wynn, in which there are 2 or 3 paragraphs on the Meesons. Included is this reference: “The Meeson family lived at Rettendon Hall Farm in Battlesbridge. William Merryfield Meeson was a farmer and corn merchant, his business making him wealthy enough to employ three servants to look after him, his wife Ellen and their five children.”
There were 4 daughters and 1 son, and we know that Francis Meeson was the doggy person, and Edith the horsewomen. Francis’s name in the book was Freda but I know, based upon information from a person who had bought dogs from her, that she was Francis.
Edith was the oldest child, and was 28 at the start of WW1. She joined the Voluntary Aid Detachmant (VAD) as a full-time unpaid nurse at Redcross Hospital, in Chelmsford.
Francis/ Freda Meeson’s VAD service card showed she lived at Rettendon Place at that time. She worked at the same hospital part time, and was still working there at the end of the war. She gained a blue efficiency stripe.
Can anyone help in providing more information? Are there any photographs of Francis or Edith Meeson around, and pictures of the Rettendon Lodge of old?