Day 14 – The Letter N:
I chose to write about Newcastle-Upon-Tyne today. It’s the place where my father was born and spent the first few years of his life. I’m still figuring out when and why the family moved there, and also when and why they moved down south to Brighton. It’s at times like these I wish I had asked him more about his family while he was alive, but there’s nothing I can do about that now. So I try to enjoy these puzzles that he left me, looking at photographs my cousin has passed onto me and wondering about the past.
His parents were married in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire in 1915, Joseph Taylor Dinnis (my grandfather) was born in Camberwell, London and Annie Cleeve (my grandmother) was born in Dummer in Basingstoke. Joseph and Annie’s first child, Jack Douglas Dinnis was born in Basingstoke in 1920. Then their next child, Nancy Dora was born in Newcastle two years later, followed by the birth in 1923 of my father, Gordon Charles, and less than two years later, Ronald Stanley was born.
The photographs above are ones of 13 Holly Avenue, my father’s (Gordon Dinnis) first home. The first photograph is the earliest one I have of my father, he’s in the pram! Standing beside him are his elder brother (Jack Dinnis) and his sister, NancyDinnis. The other black and white photo is of the four Dinnis children standing in front of the house: left to right – Jack, Nancy, Gordon and Ron.
The colour photo’s are one’s I’ve grabbed from Google, either Google maps or house selling sites, it’s amazing what you can find out there! The questions it’s left me pondering are why they left such a big house to move down to Brighton where I know they lived in a small basement flat just off the seafront? Perhaps they didn’t live in the entire house in Holly Avenue, maybe they just had a few rooms?
I know that my Dad was baptized in St Georges Church, Jesmond, Newcastle On Tyne, on Sunday the 4th of November 1923, I have his certicate here.
The photo of the church comes from the linked website above, there is also a website for the Church itself which is very interesting. You can find it here: