The Moyle family of Aston

Horses, weddings and engineers

By Gary Moyle

In the 1980s The Nook in Tatlers Lane, Aston End was derelict, and inevitably labelled ‘haunted’ by any children who knew of it. But I knew that my family had lived there, Aunt Til (Maria Matilda Cummings, 1878-1970) and Uncle Tom (Henry Thomas Webber, 1864-1942). My life and Til’s just about overlapped and my parents were lodging there whilst expecting me, my father Barry John Moyle somehow tapping into the nearby electricity supply.

Tom was apparently the last person in Aston to have a horse and cart. An image here shows him conveying my Great Grandparents Florence Lilian Cummings (1887-1941) and Walter John Reed (1889-1940). Florence was killed in a car crash at Bignells Corner, South Mimms, returning from the wedding of my grandparents Arthur Ernest Moyle and Florence Lilian Reed, their daughter. Arthur and Florrie lived at 45 Stringers Lane, Aston, for the rest of their lives. An engineer at Vincents and then George W King’s, Arthur loved tinkering with his cars and passed that to his son Barry John Moyle (1946-2003), seen here about to cycle to Heathcote School in Stevenage.

This page was added on 26/05/2009.

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