Maude Mary Lang

Born 1861
Occupation: Talented needlewoman
Married Thomas Instone
14 April 1884 Woolborough Devon

Born in Newton Abbott Devon the daughter William Talling Lang and Mary Driscombe King. The drawing above is of her by her son Bernard who became a successful jeweler and drew and painted all the time up until his death.

A delightful lady who would have been a career woman in modern times. Outstanding at handicraft presumably getting her skills from her father who was a tailor. In 1871 aged 8 she was living at 105 Centenary St, Woolborough, Devon with her 4 siblings. By 1881 at the age of 18 she had moved out of home and was working as a Drapers Assistant at 24 High St Totnes as a lodger of Harriet Saunders pobably through neccessity as her father had died in Exeter aged only 35 on February 5 1876 .

In 1884 aged 22 she married Thomas at Woolborough Parish Church, Devon with the witnesses to the wedding being Cora Match Lang her sister and John Tucker. The married couple then moved into 132 St Pauls Rd Kings Norton Balsall Heath where in 1891 her Brother Lewis and his wife Annie were staying too. Maybe she was very fond of Lewis because that was the name of her first child (on the family headstone in Woolborough Parish Church are her parents William and Mary, a sibling Blanch Rosa who died aged 11 and on the reverse Lewis Lang aged 64). The Instone family then moved to 53 Fernley Road Sparkhill followed fairly swiftly by Adria Rd, Sparkhill where they stayed for the rest of their lives. Her younger sister Cora Emmett married a publican and moved up to Birmingham running a pub round the corner in Aston called the Coachmakers Arms. There is no evidence of how she and Thomas met but by 1861 Birmingham and Newton Abbott were linked by rail so maybe the family had gone there on holiday? Her mother died in some alms houses run by the Markswells Trust in Newton Abbott on January 2 1902 aged 67

WW1 commenced and lives had to alter. Mauds eldest son Lewis had died in a tragic accident in the summer of 1913 and then war came the following year. Her now eldest son Reginald, who wasn’t allowed to soldier in WW1 because the government wanted the experience he had gained working with Lucas, was set up by the government with a munitions factory in Digbeth where Maude Mary worked for him (clerical). Thomas being a telegrapher was presumably needed in the war effort in communication?

She was great friends with Lady Bird doing a good deal of fund raising with her for the Warwick Hospice and siting on many comittees she regularly went off on trips with her and apparantly left the children to their own devices a good deal. There is a story of her going off on one of her trips and when the children came home all they had for tea was a rice pudding! She was an executor of Lady Birds will.

She died aged 78 on 17 February 1940 at 'Oakfield' Blenheim Road, Moseley from an intestinal obstruction and myocarditis and her death was registered by her son Stanley although Thomas was still alive.