Herbert George Lawrence was the eldest son of
George Willmott Lawrence, and was born in Haslingfield, a village 4
miles south west of Cambridge in 1879. When he was ten, the family moved to
Thriplow Heath. He did not marry and lived there for the rest of his life.
He was close to his younger brother, Leonard, who also remained in Thriplow
Heath and died in 1947, with Herbert dying the following year.
Herbert sometimes played dulcimer with Jim Pettitt, who had been a neighbour in
Thriplow Heath and played concertina and percussion – Herbert played the
concertina too. Jim came from Shudy Camps and was related by marriage to
Herbert through his (Herbert’s) brother William Walter’s wife Jessie Mynott.
Herbert also often played with his uncle,
Will Lawrence, another dulcimer player and maker. According to his
sister Sarah Wills, he played sitting down and was the last of the Lawrence
family to play the dulcimer, his father having died in 1930 and his Uncle
Will in 1940.
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Main photo: Herbert Lawrence with concertina
(The Triplow Journal, Spring 2006)
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