Thomas and Annie Currell

Hitchin folk walk to Wales

By Chris Allen

Thomas Currell, a farm labourer, born 'The Hill', Hitchin, 1866
Chris Allen - Great Grandson of Thomas
On the right, Annie Currell, born 1863 as Annie Bates in Hitchin. Annie was a Straw Plaiter. On the left holding me is my Nan, Annie Marie Currell, born 1889 at 'The Folly', Hitchin. Photograph taken early 1948
Chris Allen

Desperate for work, Thomas walked with his pregnant wife Annie to Wales around 1886.

Thomas died in 1949.

This page was added on 01/04/2010.

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  • I can confirm that Thomas and Annie Currell nee’ Bates were living with their children at 5 Frampton Road, Hounslow, Middx at the time of the 1911 census. Thomas was listed as a Shepherd.

    By Chris Allen (10/12/2016)
  • My mother who will be 94 in May does not not know whether her Grandparents Thomas and Annie found work in Wales. However, she recalls being told “that the veins in Thomas’s legs burst during the journey” (not a very medical description). Like a lot of Currell’s, Thomas, Annie and there children eventually moved from Hitchin to live and find work in the Hounslow and Wandsworth areas. The moved was certainly pre-1916, which was when my mother was born.

    By Chris Allen (05/04/2010)
  • Did Thomas find any work?

    By Andy Lawrence (02/04/2010)