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Alfred Curson (1857-1937)


Alfred Curson was a wheelwright and carpenter. For a short time (1891) he combined these trades with keeping a pub – the Butcher’s Arms in Hockering, a short distance from where he had been born in East Tuddenham and where he later lived in North Tuddenham.


One of his grandaughters, Joan Goreham, recalled him at his last place of work in Scarning: ‘At the end of the day, my grandfather would sweep up the wood shavings, put away his precious tools and go indoors to his dulcimer. In winter, he would stay behind closed doors but on a summer evening the lovely sound would carry far and grandfather’s friends would sit quietly beside him listening to all the tunes they loved so well. He always ended each little recital with ‘The Sailor's Hornpipe’.


The dulcimer passed to Alfred’s daughter Bessie Osborne and then to her daughter Barbara Lumb, who had it in 2004. Its whereabouts are not now known.



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