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 Families: Edith Bushell


Mr. and Mrs. Bushell took over the 'Bull' public house in 1914 when Joseph was 58 years old, and the family ran it continuously for 36 years. Within a couple of years, daughter May Bushell was married. A few years later, Mrs. Bushell died, as recorded in the 'Reading Mercury' of March 26th 1921:


It is with deep regret that we have to announce the death of Mrs. Edith Bushell, the much-respected landlady of the Bull Inn, Arborfield Cross, which took place on Wednesday last week at a nursing home in Reading, at the age of 58 years. Her genial manner to everyone with whom she came in contact, endeared her to all, and her loss will be greatly felt in the district, as was shown by the large congregation at the funeral, which took place on Saturday at Arborfield churchyard.

The body was met at the entrance to the church by the vicar, the Rev. J. A. Anderson, who conducted the funeral service. Mr. Allen, of Reading, rendered the "Dead March" from "Saul".

The mourners were: Mr. Bushell (husband), Miss Lily Bushell (daughter), Mr. and Mrs. Duffield (daughter and son-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. M. Bushell (son and daughter-in-law), Mrs. Jones (sister), Miss Priest (sister), Mr. and Mrs. Peck (sister and brother-in-law), Mr. C. Priest (brother), Mr. and Mrs. Painting, and Mr. W. Hall.

Wreaths were sent from the husband, children, "Peggy and Harold", Mr. and Mrs. Vere Allfrey, Miss Mullins, Mr. and Mrs. Bryant, "Annie Cordery", Mr. and Mrs. Prior, Mr. and Mrs. Anderson, Miss Elsie Love, "Doll and Will", Mr. and Mrs. Russ, "Staff at Arborfield Hall", "Three School Children", "Little Betty Neale", Mr. and Mrs. Denton, Mrs. Bishop and family, "Ethel, Marjorie and Ivy Prior", Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Neale, Mr. and Mrs. Seymour and family, "Mr. and Mrs. Painting and Gladys", Mr. and Mrs. Bartholomew, Mr. and Mrs. Peck and Mrs. Priest, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Lousley, Mr. and Mrs. C. Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. Gutteridge, "Mr. and Mrs. Priest and Fred", Miss Lunn, Mr. and Mrs. G. Bushell, Mr. and Mrs. Rivers, Mrs. Bentley and family, Mr. J. and the Misses Simonds (Newlands), and others.

The funeral arrangements entrusted to and satisfactorily carried out by Mr. C. Lovegrove, of Friar Street, Reading.

[It is interesting that the Garrett family were not mentioned, even though they lived opposite. The Garretts usually acted as undertakers for the village]


Joseph 'Jugger' Bushell out-lived his wife by many years. His death was recorded by the 'Reading Mercury' of 13th May 1950.

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