More Picken photographs
Our volunteer photograph cataloguer, Tony Price, has been doing more research on the wonderful Picken photographs. He writes…
Having met a descendant of the Picken/Cooper family, Jo Whitaker, I was able to put some names to photographs, and add more information and stories behind them.
In the last addition of the Friends of Shropshire Archives’ magazine Salopian Recorder (Summer 2019) the front piece picture was of the Picken family shop, (PH/B/34/80).
Jo suggested I read a piece in the Autumn 1968 edition of The Countryman, as it contained an article written by Joyce Gardiner – Ted Picken’s daughter. She was christened Nellie, but in later life she liked to be called Joyce. Fortunately the Archives holds a copy (TE 64 v.f.) and reading the article gave me a greater knowledge of the picture in the Salopian Recorder.
Bucknell was a centre for the picking of whinberries (bilberries), which were collected by the women and children of the village, purchased by the Pickens and sold on to the dyeing industry in Manchester. The Picken family also purchased fruit of the fields – mushrooms, blackberries, hips etc. for selling on. Hanging on the shop front are baskets that could have been used by whinberry pickers.
We are working to make the Picken catalogue and photographs available online and hope to complete this by the end of the summer.