Woods, Patricia Simkin

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Patricia Ann Woods

 

Patricia Ann Woods (Simkin) born 7th March 1942 - died 8th October 2017

 

Patricia Ann Simkin (later Mrs Pat Woods)

Patricia Ann Simkin was born in Chingford, Essex on 7th March,1942, the first child of Muriel Millicent Hughes (1914-2010) and John Edward Simkin (1914-1956).

Patricia's mother, Muriel Hughes, had been born in Hackney, East London, in 1914. When Muriel Hughes met her future husband she was working as an "Examiner and Finisher" for the London tailoring firm Horne Brothers. John Edward 'Ted' Simkin, the man she was to marry, was working as a porter at Billingsgate Fish Market.

Muriel Hughes married John Edward 'Ted' Simkin at West Hackney Church, Stoke Newington on 26th August 1939, less than a week before the outbreak of the Second World War. A week into their honeymoon, the British Government declared war on Hitler's Germany and the couple were compelled to return to their home in Dagenham. Muriel and her husband were living at 98 Rogers Road, Dagenham, when 'Ted' Simkin was called up to join the armed forces. For the duration of the war, Ted Simkin served in the Royal Artillery, manning the anti-aircraft batteries on the south coast of England. Muriel Simkin performed her 'war work' at the Briggs Munitions Factory in Dagenham.

When Muriel Simkin gave birth to her first child she was living at 18 Manor Farm Drive, Chingford, Essex. The baby girl, who was born on 7th March 1942, was christened Patricia Ann Simkin on 29th September 1942 at The Parish Church of St Peter & Paul, Chingford. At the time of Patricia's birth, her father was still serving in the Royal Artillery.

Muriel and Ted Simkin's second child, a boy named John Terence Simkin, was born on 25th June 1945, six weeks or so after V-E Day which marked the end of the Second World War in Europe. The couple's third child was another son, David Edward Simkin, who was born at the Sun Trap Maternity Home, High Beach, Waltham Holy Cross, Epping, Essex, on 12th May 1949. At the time of David's birth, the Simkin family were living at 42 Bernwell Road, Chingford, Essex.

[ABOVE] Muriel and Ted Simkin in 1943, photographed in the back garden of their home with their first child Patricia Ann Simkin, who was born on 7th March 1942.

Patricia Simkin always maintained that she was given the name 'Patricia' because her dad was hoping for a boy and wanted to call his first child 'Patrick'. Patricia's Mum and her two younger brothers, John and David, always referred to Patricia as 'Tricia'. In adult life, Patricia was known as 'Pat' by other family members. John and David always used the diminutive name 'Tricia' when referring to their sister yet as a young woman, her friends tended to call her 'Pat'.

[ABOVE] Patricia's parents - Muriel Simkin (left) and John 'Ted' Simkin (right).

[ABOVE] Muriel Simkin, photographed with her first child Patricia Ann Simkin, who was born on 7th March 1942. The photograph was taken in the back garden of the Simkin family home in Manor Farm Drive, Chingford, Essex.
 

[ABOVE] Mrs Muriel Simkin, photographed with her first child Patricia Ann Simkin, who was born on 7th March 1942.
 

Tricia as a Cute Bridesmaid (1947)

[ABOVE] 'Tricia' Simkin as a bridesmaid at the marriage of her aunt and uncle, Stella and George Hume, in September 1947. Jack and Stella Hughes, the brother and sister of Muriel Simkin, Tricia's Mum, both married in 1947 and Tricia was chosen as the youngest bridesmaid. [ABOVE] 'Tricia' Simkin as a bridesmaid at the marriage of her uncle and aunt, Jack & Eileen Hughes, in June 1947.
 

'Tricia' in Childhood

[ABOVE] 'Tricia' Simkin in a hand-coloured school photograph.
[LEFT] Patricia Simkin in a portrait photograph taken at Columbia Studios, High Road, Tottenham, London, N17 on 10th February 1945 when 'Tricia' was approaching her 3rd birthday.

[ABOVE] Patricia Ann Simkin photographed around 1952 when she would have been aged around 10.  Patricia's friends tended to call her 'Pat', but her immediate family preferred to address her as 'Tricia'. Throughout Patricia's life, her Mum and her two brothers, John and David, persisted in calling her 'Tricia', even when most of her friends and work colleagues referred to her as 'Pat'. As far as I know, with the possible exception of her school teachers, nobody addressed her as 'Patricia'.

 

 'Tricia' Simkin - The 'Big Sister' to her brothers John and David

[ABOVE]  Patricia ('Tricia') Simkin photographed with her two brothers John (left) and David (front, right) in Chingford, Essex, during the celebrations marking the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953. In adult life, all three of Ted and Muriel Simkin's children became staunch republicans.

[ABOVE]  Patricia ('Tricia') Simkin photographed in 1955 with her two brothers David (centre, left) and John (centre, right). Tricia's Mum, Muriel Simkin, stands on the left. The lady on the right in this photograph is Tricia's grandmother, Mrs Elizabeth 'Nell' Hughes, mother of Mrs Muriel Simkin.
 

'Tricia' Simkin at Christmas Parties in the Mid 1950s

[ABOVE] Patricia (Tricia) Simkin standing on the right in this group of children photographed at the Christmas Party put on by the Ever Ready Battery Company in North London (1954). Tricia's Dad, 'Ted' Simkin, was employed as a "plastic moulder" at the Ever Ready Battery Factory in Edmonton.

[ABOVE] Patricia (Tricia) Simkin and her brothers, David (centre) and John (right),  posing with 'Father Christmas' in a  photograph taken in 1955 at the traditional Christmas Party put on by the British Ever Ready Electrical Company (BEREC) for the children of their employees.
 

Tricia's Stay in the TB Sanatorium

 

Tricia in her Teenage Years

 

Tricia's Years in Nursing

Patricia ('Tricia') Simkin photographed when she was a young nurse (c1961)

 

Pat 'Tricia' Simkin - The Prettiest Nurse on the Hospital Ward

 

Pat / Tricia Simkin Marries James Woods in 1963

[ABOVE] James 'Jim' Woods photographed with his bride Pat 'Tricia' Simkin at their wedding in Ilford, Essex, in 1963.

[ABOVE] The beautiful bride, Mrs Pat 'Tricia' Woods, at her wedding.

 

'Tricia' Woods - The Mother of Two Daughters (Adele and Laura)

[ABOVE] Mrs Pat 'Tricia' Woods with her first born child, Adele, photographed in 1965.

 Pat and Jim Woods' two daughters - Laura (born 1966) and Adele (born 1965).

 

'Tricia' Woods - The Young Mother

[ABOVE] Mrs Pat 'Tricia' Woods with  her first born child, Adele. Photograph dated 'June 1965'. [ABOVE] Mrs Pat 'Tricia' Woods with  Adele, photographed in June 1965 when her baby daughter was 6 months old. [ABOVE] Mrs Pat 'Tricia' Woods with her two daughters - Laura (born 1966) and Adele (born 1965).
 

Tricia and Jim Woods - The Perfect Couple

[ABOVE] Mrs Pat 'Tricia' Woods and her husband Jim Woods in a  photograph taken in the 1970s. [ABOVE] Mrs Pat 'Tricia' Woods and her husband Jim Woods photographed at the wedding of her niece Louise Simkin.
 

'Tricia' Woods with her brothers, David & John Simkin, and their Mum, Muriel Simkin

 

Pat / Tricia Woods - The Proud Grandmother

[ABOVE] Mrs Pat 'Tricia' Woods with her sister-in-law, Judith Simkin, photographed with their grandchildren. Tricia is holding James, the son of her youngest daughter, Laura. Jason and Lucie, the children of Tricia's eldest daughter, Adele, are in the bottom right of the photograph, posing next to Tricia's Mum, Muriel Simkin. [ABOVE] Another photograph taken at the same time, showing Tricia Woods and  her sister-in-law, Judith Simkin, with their grandchildren. Judith is holding her grandson William. Judith's other grandchild, Alex is standing on the left in the above photograph. Tricia is holding James, the son of her youngest daughter, Laura.
 

Patricia Ann Woods (formerly Simkin)

born 7th March 1942 - died 8th October 2017

 

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