At 5.30am heard a commotion of ducks and looked out the window to see what appeared to be all the ducks scurrying from the pond across the grass under the oak tree to somewhere known only to them.
This was to be a family history day. It began with a visit to Mathon Street where Robin and his family had lived.
Malvern College where the Telecommunications Research Establishment was stationed from May 1942 until the end of the war. The archivist was not at the school until Friday but we were given permission to walk around and take photos.
We located the site where a photograph in our collection was taken during the war. The door has changed but otherwise the building is the same.
We then went to the Malvern Museum of Local History . They were unable to locate their folder on TRE but had some information in one of the display rooms. We purchased a book by a scientist who had worked at TRE and then had a look around the museum displays. Pale Manor was mentioned as another TRE location so we went back to the information office where Anne told us where to find the house.
After taking a photograph of the house we then started the search for other family connections.
There has been a church on this site since Saxon times with the current building more than 1,000 years old. It is a beautiful church and one wall includes part of a medieval mural that was whitewashed at one time and was unable to be fully recovered.
The next stop was Broadway to look for members of the Cotterill family.