This Page is about my branch of the Mingay Family from
My Grandfather Frank to his 5 sons only.
A brief description of Frank Snr can be found in the
PAF section of this site. Frank Snr;
Jack's cousin and a man of his time Here some pictures
The date of these is a bit obscure. the colour one I think is May 74. The black
and white one I'm unsure about.
This page is dedicated to the late Jim,
Norman, Reg, Peter & my dad Frank
This may be a service record of
The Business Robin Hood Garage and Mingay's of Chigwell Ltd, now North
City Autos (Saab and Triumph Motorcycles)
The garage started out life as a hansom cab firm (See
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hansom_cab ). Later the motor industry started
and it is thought that Mingay's sold Model 'T' Fords for a while. Frank Snr
later sold the whole business to his sons and moved to 'Salthaven', which was a
beautiful stilted wooden bungalow built near the creek at South Woodham Ferrers.
I well remember the place and Nanna Doris Grandad's second wife, (Gertrude
died of cancer), was dark wood on the inside and smelt of Grandad's pipe. He had
the most beautiful bureau and ashtrays in the form of saddles and stirrups that
straddled the arms of his sofa's. It was at the bottom of a long muddy lane
which often needed his Land Rover to come up and tow us down to the house. The
stilts were stilts were essential. The winters were cold and wet and we often
had to wade through water when the creek overflowed to get to the house. He had
a huge picture windows overlooking the creek, which fascinated me as a child. In
the summer flies buzzed furiously against the glass to escape the pipe smoke.
Grandad, often gave me a .22 pistol to play with, and blank shells, which
I assume he used as a bird scarer. Not quite PC these days, but then neither
were the dumb waiters which were painted wooden cut-outs of Negro boys in bow
ties and livery with serving trays designed as sofa side trays!
I also remember Aunt Maud and another venerable lady who frequented the
home. We spend many happy lazy, sunny summer afternoons picking the most tubby
plums you have ever seen off the trees in his orchard.
Unfortunately Doris who was wonderful died of a brain heamorrhage and
grandad shortly after that sold Salthaven and moved back to Chigwell to the flat
now used as offices to the left of the property. He spent his winters in the
Canary Islands, and came home in the summer. I remember well his 80th birthday
party at The Rodings' restaurant in Abridge, Essex. Grandad eventually met
another partner in the Canary Islands. Her name was Path, who survived him.
Below are some photo's of the Chigwell branch of my family.
Click on any picture to see a larger image.
Peter & Sheila. Peter died in 2008 and Sheila in
2010. Two sons Paul & Phil. Pete & Sheila helped to bring me up, and I was known
to Sheila as 'Her little soldier'.
You didn't want to play cards with these two.
Frank, my father, died September 2000.
the eldest died 2007. His wife Eileen died some time ago. His son John is a
talented musician and lives in Devon
Norman, died in 2002, Wife Alma was lovely. She died on the Isle of Wight.
Read Normans' War Diary
Peter, died Christmas 2008, survived by his sons Paul & Phil
Reg & Ella, Son David, Reg was the mainstay of the engineering side of the
family business. He died in 1980.
Published September 2004
Frank Mingay 2nd May 1927 - 10
Frank was the youngest of the 5 brothers always to me, 'The Boys'. He
was my dad. He was always a mystery to me as he worked so hard I never
really got to know him until we were both adults. Like all of them his
intense pride and tenacity made him a success. He was totally devoted to
my mother Ann and left all somewhat surprised
by his generosity and ability to plan for the future. Frank never wanted
me to follow him into the family business, as he felt I needed to have a
'professional' career. This I did, but often wonder if he was right?
He was an accomplished green bowls player and loved his caravanning,
which influenced me to buy one some years ago.
Published May 2002
NORMAN MINGAY. For
the second time in 12 months it is with great regret that we have lost
another of 'the brothers'. This time Norman left us. I hope that I
will be able to give you some pictures soon. In the meantime:
Norman, Thanks from all of us, we will raise a glass to you for as
long as we can. Russell and his wife, recently gave us a fantastic
weekend at the family home on the Isle of Wight.
here to see the pictures
Phil Mingay (son of Peter) married Pam Pereira These are some photo's of the reception. Thanks for the evening Phil
& Pam it was great!
See pictures here
We are very proud of Daniel Mingay,
son of Paul & Sue. Dan came top of his class in his exams this year, and
featured on the front page of his local newspaper. Paul & I can't
understand where he gets his brains from, as we're both as thick as 2 short
planks. Must be his mother!
Well done Dan. Click on
picture below to see full size