|KEMP FAMILY - SUMMERHILL ROAD
|We are indebted to Ray Kemp who has shared with us both his Kemp Family History together with some memories and photographs when residing in Summerhill Road. Based upon this information we have created a provisional Family Tree to help understand the family relationships
Just thought I would send you an update concerning my family who lived for many years at 49 Summerhill Road. To explain this interest. I am Raymond Kemp the son of Alf who used to live at this address along with his sisters Olive and Vi
Picture approx 1938
WILLIAM & JULIA KEMP
William & Julia Kemp, along with their sons Will and Alf and daughters Vi and Olive, moved to 49 Summerhill Road just before the second world war. Julia's sister, Annie, was married to Alf Facey and they lived in the house directly opposite number 49 in Summerhill Road.
At one time the Kemp's owned several piano shops in the Clapton and Hackney area of London. William Kemp was a skilled piano maker
Like so many Londoner's the family were descended from French Huguenot's. There is some evidence to suggest they were related to the Protestant arm of the Bourbon French Royal Family who were exciled to England in the 1720's. Part of the family fortune was lost when fire ripped through the silk loft in which they lived in Hackney.
Julia died in 1951 and William in 1954- Both are buried in Tottenham Cemetery
|THE FIVE KEMP
CHILDREN - About 1960
Pictured left to Right: Alf , Vi , Olive, Will, Doris sitting.
Will Kemp, the oldest son married Elsie and, after initially living in Clapton, they moved to Dover where they had a son, Peter. Will died in 1997 and Elsie in 2009
Alf died in Eastbourne in 1999. Olive died in Kent in June 2009. Doris died in the 1960's and and Vi a short time after 2003.
Ray Kemp in the Garden of 49 Summerhill Road with 'RAMBO' - the dog belonged to John Watson who owned the paper shop on the corner of Seaford and Braemar Road
Alf Kemp was a railway plumber on the London Midland Scottish Railway.
He was called up during the war and joined the Kings Royal Rifle Corps where he was
trained as a medic. The first casualties he treated were on the D day beaches as shells
fell all around him.
After the war he returned to live at Summerhill Road. In
1948 he married Nellie Kemp who was the widow of an RAF officer who had taken part in the
Dambuster raids. She had a young daughter from her marriage to the officer.
Alf died in Eastbourne in 1999 and Nellie died in Enfield in 2008
Olive Kemp pictured left with nephews' Roger and Ray Kemp at the door of 49 Summerhill Road.
Just to give you a little more information about Olives background. She had strong Christian convictions. Even as a teenager she would go on her own into the rough and tough world of Londons docklands to preach and hand out leaflets. She was a nurse in Londons East End during the war but never managed to fulfil her ambition to become a missionary in the Far East
In the 1950s Olive left Summerhill Road for several years to work with a Missionary Society before returning to live with her older sister Vi.. In the 1960s their older sister, Doris, was widowed and came to live with them before she died. At one time in the sixties all three sisters were living together at Summerhill Road.
Olive Kemp passed away peacefully on 6 June 2009 at a nursing home in Kent.
|RAY & ROGER
Ray and Roger Kemp in the front garden of 49 Summerhill Road about 1966. Ray is wearing the Tottenham Grammar school scarf. Roger is in London fire brigade uniform.
The house in the background show number 50 Summerhill Road where Alf Facey and wife Annie lived. Some of these houses have long since been demolished to make way for flats.
Roger is pictured at the wheel of his Fire Engine outside number 49 Summerhill Road.
In the background you can see St Philp's Church in Philip Lane.
The following is a transcript of the original letter written by Olive Kemp in 2003 that recall her Summerhill Road Memories
Miss O Kemp
20th February 2003
brothers Will and Alf lived with us at number
49. Both were married and were away during the war years, but both of them celebrated
their Golden Wedding and only last week Wills widow Elsie came to visit us with her
daughter-in-law Margaret, who brought Elsie along from near Dover where Elsie is in a
residential home. She looks well for 91 years old. Alfs widow Nellie is 81 years and
lives in her home in Eastbourne, although she had an operation early this year and her
daughter also brought her along to visit us after Christmas, which was nice.
daughter, owned a canine beauty parlour somewhere and used to catch a bus every morning
and often took poodles in for a trim. She also looked after the dogs while their owners
were on holiday. She always seemed to be taking dogs out for walks. A really pleasant
woman who really admired dogs ! Do you
remember Mrs Parrott ? a lovely lady who died
in St Josephs Hospice in Hackney Road. Did you know that the Smalls family lived at
number 51 before Ellen and Fred Diprose ? They had four children Charlie, Freddie, Peter
and Beryl. They moved to a cottage further up the road. Mr Small joined the
Downhills Bowls Club (I am not sure if it was same time as Mr & Mrs Robbins from
the Dorset Dairy at the top of the road) and I think I am right Mr & Mrs Small came
from Sunderland. I think the rear gardens of Elizabeth Terrace and Park Cottage must once
have been an orchard going on the amount of old fruit trees growing there! I also remember
the Trotter family at number 37 having some big apple trees in their garden, while we had
gooseberries and raspberries growing in ours (Really lovely).
memory we have was all the refugees over from Belgium. Mrs Pearce took a couple of
them in. I know we tried to talk and laugh with them. I dont know if you would
remember but they nearly all wore black clothes and would all meet at St Ignatius Church
in the mornings. I can also remember Mrs Pearce having to queue up for something in Philip
Lane and while in the queue she was talking to a lad who was desperate for Bed and
Breakfast for the night. So she took him in for the night and, when she came down in the
morning, the lad had gone and so had her purse! He happened to be a deserter from the
forces and he pinched her purse and ran off !
Original article by Olive Kemp 2003 - UPDATED
by Ray Kemp November 2010