MARY ANN CHIPPERFIELD
following is a transcript from an article in the Southern Journal
SHOWMAN WHEN HE WAS 16
Mr. Bartlett. who died at his home, The Bungalow, West-end,
Fordingbridge, on Monday in (sic) last week, was 71. He leaves
a widow, one son and four daughters.
Born at Blissford Fordingbridge -as was his father- he
attended the old school at Hyde before the present building was erected.
At the age of 16 he followed his father in the fairground show-business, and until the outbreak of the second world war he toured the South and West of England, a well known figure on all fairgrounds. He was for many years the lessee of Fordingbridge Fair, when it was an important local event.
His family name is perpetuated in Bartlett's Common, Hyde (Bartlett's Common still exists in 2001- Brian) Since giving up show business Mr. Bartlett had carried on a log business at Fordingbridge.
The funeral took place on Thursday in (sic) last
week at Hyde Church and was conducted by the Rev. A. H Young, with Mr.
R. Thomas at the organ
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