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Alice PENFOLD (1897-1982)


Alice May PENFOLD, Tree001-T013


Death Certificate


Spouse: Frederick Charles 'Carlo' LAWRENCE, Left to Right: (1) Fred Lawrence, (2) Alice May Lawrence (3) Mabel Weatherley (4) Colin Bertrand Penfold, boy in front (5) Hilda Emily Penfold (6) Stephen Bertrand Penfold (7) Harry Weatherley, son of Mabel

1 Alice May PENFOLD (1897-1982) [66], dau. of Thomas PENFOLD (1871-1959) [46] and Alice Maud BACKSHALL (1875-1957) [47].

Born 27 Mar 1897, Haywards Heath, Sussex, England. Marr Frederick Charles 'Carlo' LAWRENCE 9 Jun 1924, Arundel, Sussex, England. Died 1 Nov 1982, Arundel, Sussex, England.1

Known as "Aunt Ally"


Evening Argus: 27th September 1956


In a four-roomed, two-storey Lilliputian house on the bank of the swiftly flowing river at Arundel live Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Lawrence, aged 52 and 59.

The house is the smallest in Sussex. The front door is only 4ft. 9in. high.

Although there are two steps down into the kitchen, I had to develop round shoulders to stop cracking my head against the 6ft. ceiling, writes our reporter.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence chuckled at my plight. For the past 32 years they have never envied tall people.

If they were more than average height, life in their quaint home would long since have become intolerably uncomfortable.

And they might have decided against buying their ideal home for £200 from the Duke of Norfolk.

"It was a bargain" said Mr. Lawrence, 5ft 7in. jobbing builder.

His wife Alice showed me two fading snaps of the cottage, which looked even more like a dolls house before he replaced the weatherboards with cement.

Mrs. Lawrence does not have to go outside to pump water. She just turns a tap, the same as any other housewife.

But that is about the only modern gimmick. The couple want to retain the old-world character of their home, and evenings are spent in the light of paraffin lamps.

"I would not like to have a modern house with all those gadgets." smiled Mrs. Lawrence. "I want to do a bit of work around the home."

The couple know that the house dates back to at least the 18th century. Its true age, however, is a mystery to them.

"We scraped newspapers dated 1807 off the walls when we first came here" said Mrs. Lawrence.

"I have read a lot of books about Arundel, but I have never discovered anything about the history of the house."

They have proof of one fact: that their home was originally two cottages kocked into one. For it has two tiny spiral staircases to the bedrooms, about 6ft. from ground-level.

The eaves are a mere 9ft. above the front pathway. Standing on tip-toe, I could almost peer through the bedroom windows.

Inside the rooms, occupying most of the roof space, the beds are higher than the diminutive oblong window-frames.

In times of sickness, Mrs. Lawrence finds this a great boon. Desolate hours are filled with interest looking down through the windows at the passing parade of Arundel life.

Many are the visitors to this midget house. It is like stepping into the pages of "Gulliver's Travels"

Such is the fascination that the often-repeated warning "duck" is only painfully remembered when head smites timber.

Tradesmen, too, have their problems. The coalman 6ft. 3in. giant, got fed-up having to get on his knees to cart in his sacks. So now he sends his mate. "He's a little bit shorter." laughed Mr. Lawrence.


Sp. Frederick Charles 'Carlo' LAWRENCE (1902-1983) [67].

Putting first things first

Frederick Carlo Lawrence, cashier at Arundel's Mill Road putting green, who lives with his wife Alice in an ancient cottage in Stonemasones Yard, Arundel, was born at Orchard Place and went to school at Philip Neri.

He remembers happy days of childhood playing the Park. None of the children was out of trouble, he told me. The only trouble he remembers getting into was after he got home, and that chiefly through his mother having to mend his trousers rather too often for her liking.

When he left school there was plenty of work to be found and Fred started at Constable's brewery doing general work. After a few months he and the other lads decided to ask the manager, Mr. Pocock, for higher wages. To their surprise this was instantly granted. Encouraged by this success, only a fortnight passed before they went again with the same request and once more carried the day. With hopes still high they soon applied for yet another rise. "But this time," said Fred wryly "Mr. Pocock wouldn't play."

So the boys sought their fortunes elsewhere, and Fred worked for a local firm of wood merchants making pegs for the army. Next he went for a short spell to Dick Hull's butchery in The Square; and then on to the Duke of Norfolk's stables. This was followed by work in building yards on the Duke's estate for the next 25 years.

During World War II under directed labour Fred worked in London, Norfolk, Southampton and Portsmouth in the building trade. When the war was over he started working for himself as builder, chimneysweep, and rat and rabbt catcher.

Of himself Fred Lawrence said: "I was known as the Duke of Norfolk's number one poacher!"

This summer will see the 54th anniversary of his marriage. He met his wife Alice Penfold at Tortington School (now New England College) and they were married in the Cathedral in 1924. Alice Penfold had seen service in the Royal Flying Corps from 1917 to 1919 and was first statiioned at Dover and then posted to three camps in France, finishing up at Mottville.

In June 1949 Fred Lawrence earned the coverted Certificate of the Royal Humane Society for saving two people from drowing. A skiff had become out of control in a swiftly receding tide just above the bridge in Arundel, and two people were thrown into the Arun. Neither of them could swim. Fred, also a non-swimmer, ran along the bank, jumped in and grabbed them both, bringing them safely ashore.

Today Mr. Lawrence enjoys his job at the Arun District Council's putting green, meeting a large number of people both British and foreign who come back year after year.

Phoebe Somers.


The Arundel Mullets Marbles Team

Members of the team

Cyril Wilcock:- Captain and founder member, individual champion 1952 and 1953. He was a tailor and had a shop in Arundel High Street for many years, he was born circa 1891.

Bernard Wilcock:- Founder member and individual champion 1950. Also known as Big Bernard. He was a cloth cutter for a leading firm of London tailors, he was born circa 1903.

Joe Lee: - Founder member who worked for the Duke of Norfolk and was blacksmith or tinsmith, he was born circa 1892.

Tom Finch: - Founder member who was a local printer, he was born circa 1887.

Jack Lewis:- Founder member who was a Councillor and joinery works manager.

B. Brooker: - Founder Member.

C. Wakeford: - Founder member.

Bert Paradine: - Who was known as ‘Dusty’ or ‘Ginger’ played for many years and worked for the local Council, he was born circa 1902.

Fred Lawrence: - Who was known as ‘Carlo’ was a builder, he was born circa 1902.

W. Putlick: - Played in 1955 only.

Jim Pomphrey: - played in 1955 only.

S. Town: - played in 1955 only.

The Arundel Mullets Marbles Team.


1"Death Certificate: Alice May Lawrence - Tree001:T013".

Source: Death Certificate: Alice May Lawrence - Tree001:T013, Tree001-T013-Death-Certificate

2"Frederick Lawrence: paper cutting".

Source: Frederick Lawrence: paper cutting