George was Albert’s cousin, the son of his uncle Christopher and like Albert, George grew up in Bucks Mills. Like many inhabitants of Bucks Mills, George combined several occupations. His fished, he was a shoemaker and he also worked in the nearby quarry. In 1902, he married Polly’s younger sister, Ada, and they lived in what is now known as George’s cottage in Bucks Mills. There only child, George Henry, was severely disabled and died at the age of thirteen. Sadly, in 1936, at the age of 64, George went to the woods behind the village and took his own life. The inquest revealed nothing in his demeanour that suggested he was likely to commit suicide, although had had complained of rheumatic pains and had been seeing the doctor for the past ten weeks.
‘Well,’ she said hesitantly, ‘who knows? Maybe I’ll be wed to a man from Bucks too one day.’
‘Oh,’ replied Polly, curious now. ‘Who might that be then?’
‘’Tis too soon to say,’ said Ada, ‘but there’s one who’s shown an interest.’ ’
Barefoot on the Cobbles will be published on 17 November 2018. More information about the novel can be found here. Copies will be available at various events in the weeks following the launch or can be pre-ordered from Blue Poppy Publishing or the author.