The Cobb Family of Fleetwood Lodge

By Nina Humphrey(née Burton)

In response to a question on our Family Message Board, I have recently been helping somebody to search for a family called 'Hart' and a connection with Langdon Hills.

The person concerned lives in the Netherlands.  His father, Stanley Sydney Hart, who had been in the navy, married in South Africa in 1942 and gave his address as ‘Fleetwood Lodge’ Langdon Hills’.  His father died in 1951 when he was only 3 years old and he is now trying to trace his UK family.

My research has led me to Mr and Mrs Cobb who were living in Fleetwood House at that time.  Mrs Cobb’s maiden name was ‘Hart’ and I believe she may have been a cousin of the person in question who had been lodging with her before he went to South Africa.  Mr and Mrs Cobb had a daughter called Joan, born in West Ham 1931.  The family moved to Langdon Hills sometime between 1931 and 1937.  I believe Joan may have attended Langdon Hills School.  She also entered the Laindon Carnival Queen competition in 1952 and 1953.

Joan appears not to have married or had children.  She died in 1995 and her ashes are interred at St Mary and All Saints Church in old Church Hill.

If anyone knew Joan or her second cousin Stanley Hart, I would be very grateful for any information about them and the Hart family.  I know that Thelma Oliver mentions Joan Cobb somewhere on this website.  Perhaps they were at school together.    

This page was added by Nina Humphrey(née Burton) on 21/06/2015.
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An update on the situation.  Firstly, thank you very much to those who were able to supply a little information regarding Joan Cobb.

After some extensive searching through the records, I have been able to establish that Stanley Sydney Hart was in fact the younger brother of Ethel Violet Hart who married Norman Cobb.  Therefore Stanley Hart and Joan Cobb were cousins.  I have been able to trace Stanley and Ethel’s family back to their Great Grandfather (a farmer) who was born 1829 in Cransford, Suffolk. 

Stanley was born in West Ham, 1914 and although I checked the Electoral Registers for Langdon Hills, he was never registered on them, so I assume he stayed with his sister at Fleetwood Lodge temporarily and gave that as his UK address when he married in South Africa.  At least the connection has now been established.

Stanley’s son Lionel lives in the Netherlands and was only 3 years old when his father died.  He knew very little of his family history in the UK.  His friend Frans, contacted this website and I am delighted to have been able to trace the family.  Without The Laindon & District Community Archive as a ‘middle man’, this may not have been as easily achieved.

By Nina Humphrey(née Burton)
On 29/06/2015

I do remember Joan Cobb.  Although not a personal friend of mine she was well known as a local pianist, having been a star pupil of Winifred Cornell,  who taught both myself and my friend Natalie Williams who knew Joan better than I did.  (For information about Natalie see my article about her).

I believe Joan taught piano herself and appeared at music festivals and concerts, certainly in and around Essex.  I have a recollection of hearing that her bad arthritis had prevented her from playing in her later years.  

By Shakun Banfield
On 25/06/2015

Dear Nina, I hope this may be of interest to your enquirer.  Joan Cobb.  A very close friend over a number of years, she attended Langdon Hills primary and junior school with me.  As a close community we also attended St Mary Youth Club and we both sang in the choir.  Joan remained single and in poor health with severe arthritis.  We met up some years ago when both our aged mothers were in Billericay Hospital.  I remember the house she lived in and later had to move into a disabled property.  In 1997 I visited my old church of St Mary and the church members informed me that sadly Joan had passed away. I do not know of any members of the 'Hart' family.

By Thelma Oliver
On 24/06/2015
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