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Bickleigh Castle, Devon where my grandpa lived in the 1960s and 70s. The Beatles looked round and were interested in buying it but decided it was too small!


I couldn’t look round as it is now a hotel but would like to stay there one day.


The cottages behind the wall where my mother and aunt used to stay.


It is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The castle looks really lovely with its own 6th century chapel, moat and gardens. I have been recommended by friends who stayed here recently to stay in the bridal suite if you are interested to see the main house, hall etc. and they said the family who live here are very nice and welcoming.

A perfect place to stay on the long drive down to Cornwall!


First Block in the Wall


First block in the wall, Filey.

Gable and Lombard

My claim to fame 2 generations back! * * *
I have found a picture of my Great Uncle Eric golfing with Carole Lombard and Clark Gable on the elegant obsession blog.
I have just discovered today Eric Tyrrell-Martin and his wife were good friends with the Hollywood couple. My granny (Eric’s sister) said she lost touch with him because he married an American and never came back to England. How amazing to find this image. One day I would love to go on holiday to California.

The man on the left next to Carole and Clark in the golfing photo is Eric.


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The Westchester Cup

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My Great Uncle Eric’s wife Babs Tyrrell-Martin. Eric Tyrrell-Martin was captain of the English polo team. I can’t believe they were friends with Carole Lombard and Mary Duncan the Hollywood actresses. I wonder if I have some glamorous relatives in America. One day I would like to go to California it looks such fun.

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Mary Duncan Sanford and Babs Tyrrell-Martin grace this photo, most probably taken during the 12th competition for the Westchester Cup, in 1939 at Meadow Brook, Long Island, where the best polo players of the U.S. and the U.K. were competing for a trophy first put up for grabs in 1886.

On the left, Mary Sanford. As Mary Duncan, she starred on Broadway, went to Hollywood and appeared in 16 films, including 1931’s Five and Ten with Marion Davies. It was Davies who introduced Mary to Stephen “Laddie” Sanford after a polo match in Santa Barbara. Sanford, whose Hurricanes won the U.S. Open Polo Championship five times in three different decades, had appeared on the cover of Time magazine, hung out with Cole Porter, summered on the French Riviera, and was heir to the Bigelow-Sanford carpet fortune. In 1933, Mary gave up her acting career and married Laddie. They settled…

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