A Ransom family treasure

This is perhaps an unusual item to be considered a treasure, but it has been with me all my life, and has been passed down through the family. It’s showing its age now, but that is not surprising considering it’s at least 70 years old . . . not bad for a garden bench!

The oldest photograph I’ve found including the bench is titled “Ransom Boys”. The photo, from 1947, shows from left to right: my Dad, Colin Ransom; my grandfather, Harold Ransom with his first grandchild – my cousin Stuart Ransom; and Stuart’s father, my Uncle Douglas Ransom.

1947-ransom-boys
1947

I’m not sure exactly how old it is, but there is one clue to its maximum age – it features, carved into the back, a rather famous verse (lines 13-16) from a poem by Dorothy Frances Gurney entitled “God’s Garden”:

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s Heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on Earth.

The earliest reference to the poem being published that I’ve found so far is for Country Life magazine in 1913. The full poem can be read here.

 

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