Bulmer & District
Bulmer & District History Group
Mabel Ford (nee Cornell) 1920-
Mabel Cornell was born in Bulmer on February 19th 1920, daughter of John and Emily Cornell.
Mabel left school aged 14 and for four years worked in Lushes of Sudbury, (a haberdashery) then from 1938-
After the war, Mabel and Jack lived in central London. Mabel worked briefly in the costume department of a theatre and then designed knitting patterns. In 1950 daughter Gillian was born and Mabel and Jack moved to Willesden Green. In 1958 Mabel and Jack moved to a new house in St Albans. Mabel was a home maker, cook, gardener, decorator, and first class seamstress
Mabel was very adaptable; she was born into a rural background, but moved to central London for a new married life. Until her death, aged 86 in 2004, Mabel kept a diary which is an intriguing record of her life. Her ashes are buried at Bulmer.
Gillian Lamb 2013
Mabel had an older brother, Jack, and a younger sister, Evelyn. They were brought up in Bulmer, at the Cock and Blackbirds and went to the village school.