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Who was Miss Ridgers?

Who was Miss Ridgers?
Postcard from 1925

Tom Furber, proprietor of The Foresters pub, recently found a handful of old postcards in his pub in Hampton Wick.

They are all (but two which are blank) to the same person, Miss Ida Ridgers, and they span a period of almost 40 years from 1925 to 1964. They are from friends and family. One is from her mother and another is from her brother.

She seems to have lived mainly locally, with several addresses in Hampton Wick, Teddington and other areas in West London.

Unfortunately only the first four have legible dates and these have been added in date sequence.

Click here to see the postcards.

Tom found them on the shelf above the bar recently when he was putting up the Christmas decorations. They were definitely NOT there when he had his major refurbishment work done approximately 12 months ago.

We sent out an email to Hampton Wickians to try to find out more. Here’s what we learned:

Ida May Ridgers was born in Norbiton on 11 May 1881 where her father was a domestic gardener. She was the second of five children (4 girls and 1 boy). By 1891 the family had moved to Gomer Road Teddington before settling in 71 Somerset Road. Ida went into domestic service. It seems that one of her first positions was at Saratoga, 30 Vicarage Road. She later worked in Streatham and Chelsea. By 1939 Ida, as the only unmarried daughter of the family, had returned home to Somerset Road to look after her mother who died in 1941. Ida herself continued to live in Somerset Road for some time before her own death in 1979 at the age of 98.

Of course, we still don’t know who put the postcards in the Foresters, or why…

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