The Cobb Family of Fleetwood Lodge
In response to a question on our Family Message Board, I have recently been helping somebody to search for a family called ‘Hart’ and a connection with Langdon Hills.
The person concerned lives in the Netherlands. His father, Stanley Sydney Hart, who had been in the navy, married in South Africa in 1942 and gave his address as ‘Fleetwood Lodge’ Langdon Hills’. His father died in 1951 when he was only 3 years old and he is now trying to trace his UK family.
My research has led me to Mr and Mrs Cobb who were living in Fleetwood House at that time. Mrs Cobb’s maiden name was ‘Hart’ and I believe she may have been a cousin of the person in question who had been lodging with her before he went to South Africa. Mr and Mrs Cobb had a daughter called Joan, born in West Ham 1931. The family moved to Langdon Hills sometime between 1931 and 1937. I believe Joan may have attended Langdon Hills School. She also entered the Laindon Carnival Queen competition in 1952 and 1953.
Joan appears not to have married or had children. She died in 1995 and her ashes are interred at St Mary and All Saints Church in old Church Hill.
If anyone knew Joan or her second cousin Stanley Hart, I would be very grateful for any information about them and the Hart family. I know that Thelma Oliver mentions Joan Cobb somewhere on this website. Perhaps they were at school together.