Hughes, Polly Louisa (nee Loveday) (1888-1950)

Family of Polly Louisa Hughes - Photo represents from Left to Right at the back of the photo - her brother Percy, then Polly herself, Sister Kate Edith, and finally Brother George. Front photos are Father Albert and Mother Rebecca and the dog Photo taken around 1918 at Didcot.
Wedding of Polly and Albert in 1923
Family picture at the wedding of niece, Ruby. The author is the young boy on the front left of the picture.

Polly was born on 18 December 1888 at Didcot, Oxfordshire, to parents Albert Loveday, a blacksmith (1891), and Rebecca Buckle. Albert died on 21 May 1918, aged 53 years.

Polly was organist at Didcot Primitive Methodist Chapel and is remembered on the page about her niece, Ruby Moxon. The wonderful article by John Rowland containing so many memories of Rubv Moxon and the life within Didcot Methodist Chapel , where my mother playing the organ with Ruby sitting by her side.

Polly married Albert Hughes (1893-1970), a general labourer (1939), in early 1923 in the Wallingford Registration District, Berkshire.

Both my mother and my father had business interests in Didcot – my father in ironmongery and my mother a small confectionery shop apparently left to her by a lady we knew as Aunty Winter, situated next door to my place of birth in East Street, Didcot. in 1932. My brother, George was born in the same house in 1925. I remember my mother also had responsibility for a business serving crockery and glassware close by.
Our life changed in the late 1930s – my father’s business, as I understand it, ran into trouble. My mother and father and myself had cause to move to the West Midlands – my brother stayed with Mum’s sister, our Aunty Kit, in Didcot.Within two years, we had moved back to the Didcot Area, renting a property in the nearby Harwell Village. World War II was declared just as we moved in.

My mother became extremely devoted to the Methodist Chapel in Harwell Village.
Now a young boy, I attended services with her at the Chapel, helped to pump the organ whilst she played – sometimes did not concentrate whilst doing that forgetting to pump so was rebuked too quite severely, when no sound was forthcoming.

We enjoyed a close relationship with everyone there for the next ten years,
remembering Mrs.Ridge and Mr. Warwick.

Polly died on 9 July 1950.

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