Family reunion helps piece together history of Brudenell family

Janet Brudenell and Edward (Don) Whitfield who attended a family reunion in Baston
Janet Brudenell and Edward (Don) Whitfield who attended a family reunion in Baston
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A family has pieced together its history after a reunion featuring four generations.

Members of the Brudenell family have lived in Baston since the early 1800s right up to the current day.

A chance meeting between villager Jessie Brudenell and Helen Perkins, of Peterborough, prompted the pair to search for other family members, which culminated in a reunion of more than 70 people at the community hall.

Helen, 53, said 14 children, including her great-grandmother Helen, were born to the Brudenell family.

Jessie’s husband George was the grandson of one of the 14 children, who grew up on a farm.

In the 1960s the farm was sold as a residential house. The old dairy also later became the Brudenell Playing Fields, which is a trust owned by the village.

Together Jessie and Helen tracked down dozens of family members from across the country. They gathered in the village for a reunion, which Helen said was a “lovely occassion”.

It included Don Whitfield, 93, of Langtoft, and his sister Janet Brudenell, 87, who are the only remaining children from the 14 who were born and raised in Baston. Jessie’s daughter Ros also travelled to the event from Brazil.