A Little History of Cherington and Stourton, Warwickshire
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Biographical  sources

1. Dates of birth and death: Monumental Inscriptions, Hook Norton, Oxfordshire (fiche) compiled by Hook Norton Local History Group. Burial Ground entry No. 586: Margaret Dickens (sic) born December 24 1858 died July 11 1947. The transcription uses the erroneous spelling Dickens for all three family members buried here.

2. Place of birth: 1881 census of Tutnall & Cobley (ecclesiastical parish of Tardebigge), Worcestershire. PRO ref. RG11 Piece 2944 Folio 23 Page 7.

3. Date of baptism: International Genealogical Index. ©1997, 2002 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

4. Father’s dates of incumbency and death: Crockford’s Clerical Directory (various years) and Tardebigge burial register.

5. Father’s birthplace: censuses (see note 2 above) and his daughter’s dedication to him in this work.

6. Mother’s family: Although born 9 miles (14 km) away at Swerford in the same county of Oxfordshire, Margaret’s mother is described by her as “of Chastleton” in her dedication of this Little History to her parents; elderly Cherington people remember the visits that members of the Dickins family would make to Chastleton House. The National Trust handbook confirms the unbroken association of family of the writer’s mother with Chastleton House.

7. Hook Norton residence: On March 31 1901, the census enumerator recorded Margaret at Bridge House, with her brother Herbert, (a “retired farmer”), and a single servant. Barbara was not present. PRO Ref RG13/1401 Entry 10.

8. Musical qualifications: She was an Associate of the Royal College of Organists. The letters A.R.C.O. are given after her name on the title page of “A History of Hook Norton”.

9. Nora Dickins: Harriet Eleanor Dickins, daughter of William Park Dickins, married Margaret’s brother Rev. Alan Dickins. Tragically, Alan died before the couple could embark on their honeymoon.

10. Burials - Monumental Inscriptions (see note 1 above): Together with Margaret in entry 586 is her sister: Barbara Dickens (sic) born July 17 1860 died March 26 1943.

Entry 587 is as follows: 1856 Herbert Dickens (sic) 1929. I look for the Resurrection of the Dead and the Life of the World to come.

Their family relationship is confirmed by entries in the IGI (See note 3 above).