Molly Glew (nee Belton)/Women's Land Army and Nunnington Hall
May 5 2010 at 12:28 PM
I am trying to locate Molly Glew (or it may be Glen)who as Molly Belton was a member of the Women's Land Army c.1940. Molly is pictured in a photograph within the National Trust's archive at its Regional Office in York, but unfortunately we have no contact details. The photo. was taken at Nunnington Hall and shows Molly with a group of other Land Army women, Mrs Margaret Fife (the owner of Nunnington)and Mrs Kenndey of Welburn.
I would be very interested to speak to Molly or other ex-Land Army girls who attended the Nunnington Hall socials held during WWII. It would be wonderful to be able to provide information on this important part of the Hall's recent history for visitors. At present we have very little information on this subject. Any potential leads gratefully received.
Lisa Voden-Decker, Assistant Curator, National Trust, Goddards, 27 Tadcaster Road, York YO24 IGG. Switchboard 01904 702021.
My mother served in the Land Army and was at Fountains Hall. She told me a story tonight about how my father was staying nearby but traveled to Fountains Hall daily to help my mom at the time. I believe it was 1944. My mom said that a woman saw her working with the man in uniform each day. Finally, the woman came out and asked my mom who the gentleman was and if they were going to get married. My mom said, hopefully. The woman said, "why don't you leave, it will be ok." My mom was concerned and said, 'No, I need to stay and complete my work." After repeated direction from the woman (that my mom thought was a maid at the time), she finally said ok and spent much of the day walking the grounds with her soon to be husband. My mom now knows that the woman who she thought was the maid was Doris Vyner, the owner of the estate. She had lost 2 children in the war and wanted to make sure that my mom and future father would have some time together.