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Cissie Black wife of Henry Black






Lifelong Experience of Mop Fair


            On Thursday of last week Mrs. Cissie Black, wife of Mr. Henry Black, died at her caravan home at the Oak Meadow, Pewsey, at the age of sixty years.

            Formerly Miss Cissie Bunce, she was the daughter of the late Mr. And Mrs. James Bunce, of Reading, and the niece of the late Mr. William Bunce, who for many years carried on business as a horse dealer, and lived at The Ferns, Pewsey.  All her life Mrs. Black has been associated with the travelling show business and as a child and young woman regularly visited, with her parents, all the fairs in the district.

            She married in 1900, Mr. Henry Black, son of the late Mr. Amos Black, the well-known horse dealer of Inkpen Common.  The marriage was solenmised at Inkpen Church by the late Rector. The Rev. H D. Butler.  With her husband. Mrs. Black has continued in the show business throughout all her married life, attending all the fairs in the Wiltshire and Berkshire district with their steam roundabouts and fun fair. On the occasion of King George VI’s Coronation, Mrs. Black opened the fair at the Windsor Home Park, an honour of which she and her family are naturally proud.  In Marlborough she was well-known for she attended the Marlborough Mop Fairs for upwards of fifty consecutive years.

            Mr. And Mrs. Black had a family of four sons and two daughters.  The eldest son, Mr. Henry Black, who is married, travels with his father; the second son, who is also married, lives at Marten, near Grafton.  The elder daughter, Mrs. Williams, is a widow, who, with her two children, has a caravan home at Pewsey, and the younger daughter, Mrs. Albert Smith, with her husband and family, also form part of the little community assembled in the Oak Meadow for the duration of the war.

            In consequence of the war conditions the show business is now out of action, and Mr. Black, with his son and son-in-law, are doing very useful work by buying up scrap iron and other metals for the Ministry of Supply.

            The funeral took place at the Pewsey Cemetery on Monday, the service in the chapel being conducted by the Rev. W.A. Prideaux, Rector, who gave a short address to the family.

The mourners were Mr. Henry Black (the widower); Mr. Henry Black (junr.), Mr. Maurice Black, Mr. James Black and Mr. Nelson Black (sons); Mrs. Louisa Williams and Mrs. Albert Smith (Ivy), (daughters); Mr. George Bunce, Reading; Mr. Charles Bunce, Reading; and Mr. Samuel Bunce, Maidenhead (brothers); Mrs. (Ellen) W. Wyatt, Woolhampton, Berks (sister); Mr. Albert Smith, Pewsey (son-in-law); Mr. Maurice Black, Alton, Hants (brother-in-law); Mr. And Mrs. William Black, Tadley (brother-in-law and sister-in-law); Mr. Albert Black, Great Shefford (nephew); Mr. Tom Black, Weyhill, Mrs. Robert Black, Weyhill, and Miss Black (cousins); Mrs. Samson James, Newtown, Tadley (friend).

            Others present included Mrs. Clarke, Mrs. Slack, Mr. Henry Watts, Mrs.Muddle, Mr. and Mrs. Butcher, Mrs. D. Brown, Miss D. Broomham, Mrs. H. Hillier, Mrs. Goldsworthy, Mrs. Balcombe, Mrs. Brown (Keptnall), ect.

            The coffin was of unpolished elm with brass fittings, and was conveyed to the cemetery by motor hearse.  The grave was lined with flowers and foliage and there were many beautiful floral tributes.

            The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Percy C King, Mr. Arthur King personally attending.

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