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Judith Instone

Born: 1 September 1933
Occupation: Potter / Dental Nurse
Married: Brian Allen St Alphedge, Solihull, 25 September 1958

Judith was born the youngest child, and only daughter, of Barbara and Bernard Instone on September 1 1933. She was born at Park Hill, Nursing Home, Mosley, and the birth nearly killed both her and her mother who was in labour to the point of almost giving up, Judith was breach and had it not been for a different midwife coming and taking over, the family tree would have been very different. In her early childhood they moved to Widney Lane, a house she was to stay at for the rest of her childhood (apart from a short interlude during WW2 when she was evacuated to York to live with her aunt Joan and family) ~ see photo album. Holidays were taken in Salcombe, Devon, where her father had a shop selling his less exclusive jewelry and objets d'art. She went to school in Russell Green Junior School, Blossomfield Road, run by the Green sisters and then at the age of 10 got a scholarship to Malvern Hall where she stayed until completing French, Art and English at Higher School Certificate.

Much of her teens was spent at Blossomfield Tennis Club where she was a keen tennis player being offered the chance of sponsorship by one of the parents who thought she could have had a career as a professional tennis player.

At 16 Judith, Olwen Coates, Maureen Toman and Sylvia Bailey went Youth Hostelling to Ludlow, Bridges, Wilderhope and Clun cycling the whole way from Solihull and spending one night in an abandoned Hostel in Bridges getting the keys from the warden in the village; they went into the mens dormitary and spent the night on the top bunks because realising they were all alone they felt safer.

After school Barbara decided that Judith should go to art college and so enrolled her at Leicester Polytechnic to an NDD in Pottery. Course completed she found a job in the pottery at Holkham Hall in Norfolk where she was courted by Ron Davenport the son of friends of the family (Marjorie Cartwright was Rons aunt) who she subsequently became engaged to. The engagement lasted about 6 months until Judith decided to change tack and become a dental nurse (her hands were cracking from the clay) and thus come home to Birmingham killing 2 birds with one stone because it brought her closer to Ron. Spending more time with him made her realise that she'd made a mistake so she broke off the engagement in about 1955. 2 years later she met Brian at a party and subsequently married him. see article on wedding

Their married life started out at St Harry's road Birmingham followed very shortly by 'The Barff' in Tanworth-in-Arden which was a 7 bedroomed 3 story house in much need of modernisation. They stayed there for the next 16 years when they moved to Little Forde Hall backing onto the fields originally owned by the Warren Estate where Judiths mother walked as a child and one of the woods is called Magetts Wood after Arthur Wheeler Margrett .