W. H. Barrett

W H (Walter Henry) Barrett, the son of Ebenezer Barrett and Elizabeth (nee Barber) was born in 1891, to a family who lived in the tiny hamlet of Brandon Creek, twelve miles north-­east of Ely. Nicknamed ‘Jack’ because when he was young he resembled an uncle, he listened to storytelling at The Ship, near to where he lived. In later life, WHB was prompted to write the stories down by Alan Bloom, author of several books on the Fens, to whom he had sent much info on Skating. Bloom suggested that the Cambridge Folk Museum contact WHB and as a result of this, Enid Porter established a friendship with Barrett and edited his collection for inclusion in Cambridgeshire Customs and Folklore. The stories were also edited as Tales from the Fens and More Tales From the Fens. In 1917, WHB had married Anna Jones, who was a nurse. In later life Anna and WHB lived at Corner House, Framingham Pigot, Norfolk. The couple had 2 children who pre-deceased them: Duncan who died during World War 2, and Joan who died at age 5 and was buried in Lambourne End Churchyard. WHB died 2 November 1974 aged 83, and was buried 3 days later in the village churchyard.