The Slaugham Archive
Beverley Ansell (née Fraser) Year: 1989 Villages: HandcrossNymans:Bert Mitchell, Oliver Messel, Coat of Arms
In 1989 an article appeared in a local newspaper recounting Bert Mitchell’s life working as a gardener at Nymans for 58 years.
The 1933 electoral register shows him living at Tilgate Forest Row with his mother, Alice. His father, David Mitchell, had died seven years earlier.
The Large Version shows the complete article.
Click on Open Document to read two newspaper cuttings on members of the Messel family. The first features Oliver Messel who became internationally known for his work as a stage designer. His sister was Anne, Countess of Rosse, who was the mother of Tony Armstong-Jones. It could be said that Oliver was the most well-known member of the family until his nephew, Tony, married Princess Margaret and became the Earl of Snowdon!
The other cutting describes the Messel family history and looks at the Messel Coat of Arms.
The latter document was kindly supplied by Rex Tester, and the other three cuttings by Bev Ansell (née Fraser).
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Picture added on 30 December 2017 at 13:55
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