Kilsby the small village in Northamptonshire is about 4½ miles South East of Rugby in Warwickshire.
Although my father and his 5 younger brothers and sisters were born in Rugby I have many happy memories of visiting my great Aunts Maggie Diaper and Alice Timms at their home at 'Fernside', Essen Lane in Kilsby. With the regular help of their younger brother George Timms and their nephew Frank my aunts tended the large garden there, kept several hives of bees and for many years kept chickens as had their father Samuel Timms at the 'Surgery', now known as the 'Haven', in Essen Lane.
Great grandfather Samuel was a Platelayer on the railway and grandfather George was a Cellarman all his working life at the LMS station in Rugby.
Going back a further generation to my great, great grandfather, also Samuel Timms, who was born in Shackerstone, Leicestershire in 1802. He moved to Ashby St Ledgers and then lived at Poplar Cottage (now called Malt Mill Cottage), Kilsby from 1837. He was a Labourer on the Railway and was involved with the construction of Kilsby Tunnel which is 1.5 miles in length and ventilated by huge shafts. Completion was in 1838.
Kilsby Independent Chapel was erected in 1764. Great, great grandfather was admitted into the Chapel in 1845 and he and his family were very much involved with it. My great grandfather Samuel was appointed a Deacon in 1870 and as a Lay Preacher preached there and at many chapels in the area. In March 1910 he was awarded the London Sunday School Union Diploma of Honour for 46 years as a Sunday School Teacher in Kilsby. His daughter Alice was the organist at the Chapel and the Timms family were very much involved with Temperance Meetings at many Mission Halls.
Pat Petrie (née Timms)