ID: TXA01750 / Susanna Taylor née Greenwood

TitleLord Greenwood of Rossendale of East Mersea in the County of Essex.
AbstractSome notes by Susanna Taylor née Greenwood.
Arthur Greenwood (my grandfather) lived at the Old Ship Cottage, East Mersea for much of the war - even during the time when he was a member of the War Cabinet. My father, Tony (Arthur William James known as Anthony) loved Mersea so much that when he became a member of the House of Lords he took the title Lord Greenwood of Rossendale (his constituency for many years) of East Mersea in the County of Essex.
Rex Whistler was actually visiting them when he painted the church at East - my mother was an art school friend of his and she was on her honeymoon with my father - having travelled there on a tandem bicycle. (see Image ID RG050130).

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AuthorSusanna Taylor née Greenwood
Keywordsblackerchief
Published23 February 2012
SourceMersea Museum
IDTXA01750
Related Images:
 The original part of Old Ship Cottage, seen from the main road. It is on the north side of East Road, East Mersea, just before the 'Dormy' houses.
 The cottage is now demolished and replaced with a modern house. The ghost that was once resident appears to have moved next door.  GWD_KIM_001
ImageID:   GWD_KIM_001
Title: The original part of "Old Ship Cottage", seen from the main road. It is on the north side of East Road, East Mersea, just before the 'Dormy' houses.
The cottage is now demolished and replaced with a modern house. The ghost that was once resident appears to have moved next door.
Date:c1966
Source:Mersea Museum / Rosemary Kimmel
 Old Ship Cottage, East Mersea - the way it looked in the 1960s before the thatch was replaced with tiles and huge patio doors fitted at the front by modernisation mad parents. Susanna continues It was an extraordinarily inconvenient and impractical house but we loved it!.
 Jill Greenwood standing at the front of the house.  GWD_SUS_001
ImageID:   GWD_SUS_001
Title: Old Ship Cottage, East Mersea - the way it looked in the 1960s before the thatch was replaced with tiles and huge patio doors fitted at the front by "modernisation mad" parents. Susanna continues "It was an extraordinarily inconvenient and impractical house but we loved it!".
Jill Greenwood standing at the front of the house.
Date:1960s
Source:Mersea Museum / Greenwood Family
 Old Ship Cottage, East Mersea. The extension that was added in the late 1930s when Arthur Greenwood was sure war was coming soon - the work was done by Mr May of Langenhoe. There was no electricity and no mains water - these things came to East Mersea after WW2.  GWD_SUS_003
ImageID:   GWD_SUS_003
Title: Old Ship Cottage, East Mersea. The extension that was added in the late 1930s when Arthur Greenwood was sure war was coming soon - the work was done by Mr May of Langenhoe. There was no electricity and no mains water - these things came to East Mersea after WW2.
Date:1962
Source:Mersea Museum / Greenwood Family
 East Mersea Church - painting by a well known artist, done whilst he was at East Mersea on military service. It is thought this was reproduced postcard size in The Independent newspaper about 8 - 12 years ago.
 April 2010, the following information came from the V&A Museum.
 This painting is by Rex Whistler (1905-1944), oil on canvas board, 23.5 x 31.3 cm. It is inscribed on the back: 'East Mersea Church June 9th 1940' and '1st painting done in the Army. from Colchester Roman Way.' 
 Catalogue no. 136 in the recent exhibition catalogue by Stephen Calloway, Rex Whistler: the Triumph of Fancy, Brighton, 2006.
 Rex Whistler was an art school friend of Jill Greenwood, who was on her honeymoon at Mersea at the time with Tony Greenwood. Tony's father Arthur Greenwood had Old Ship Cottage at East Mersea. Rosemary Kimmel née Cotter was a granddaughter of Arthur and she remembers riding on her bike with Rex Whistler to East Mersea Church. She had a long wait while he did the painting. On the way back Rex got the painting caught in the wheel of his bicycle.
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Rex Whistler was in the Army in Colchester at the time of this painting. He was killed 18 July 1944 at Caen in Normandy.
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<b>From Jacqui Chadwick May 2012</b>
 My husband and I have just seen the original of this in Plas Newydd Country House, a National Trust property in Angelsey, where they have a large selection of paintings by Rex Whistler.
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ImageID:   RG050130
Title: East Mersea Church - painting by a "well known artist", done whilst he was at East Mersea on military service. It is thought this was reproduced postcard size in The Independent newspaper about 8 - 12 years ago.
April 2010, the following information came from the V&A Museum.
This painting is by Rex Whistler (1905-1944), oil on canvas board, 23.5 x 31.3 cm. It is inscribed on the back: 'East Mersea Church June 9th 1940' and '1st painting done in the Army. from Colchester Roman Way.'
Catalogue no. 136 in the recent exhibition catalogue by Stephen Calloway, Rex Whistler: the Triumph of Fancy, Brighton, 2006.
Rex Whistler was an art school friend of Jill Greenwood, who was on her honeymoon at Mersea at the time with Tony Greenwood. Tony's father Arthur Greenwood had Old Ship Cottage at East Mersea. Rosemary Kimmel née Cotter was a granddaughter of Arthur and she remembers riding on her bike with Rex Whistler to East Mersea Church. She had a long wait while he did the painting. On the way back Rex got the painting caught in the wheel of his bicycle.

Rex Whistler was in the Army in Colchester at the time of this painting. He was killed 18 July 1944 at Caen in Normandy.

From Jacqui Chadwick May 2012
My husband and I have just seen the original of this in Plas Newydd Country House, a National Trust property in Angelsey, where they have a large selection of paintings by Rex Whistler.

Date:9 June 1940
Source:Ron Green Collection