George Palmer

George Palmer (on the right) in the early 1950s
Janet and Michael Pilkington
GCW Palmer was appointed Captain of Royston Cricket Club in 1934, a grand Club Cricketer popular with the team and all opponents. He was skipper for 11 years
undated photograph in the Royston Crow
Pictured at the Royston Cricket Club are Mr D McIntyre (president, left), Brian Taylor (Essex and England, centre) presenting a silver tray to George Palmer (right) in appreciation of his many years as member, captain and former president of the club. Date: early 1970s
RH Clarke, Royston Crow
Palmer family group at Sheen Manor in 1902. L:R Lydia Palmer, George Palmer snr (George Palmer's grandfather), Gladys Palmer (George's sister) and George Palmer (George's father)
Janet and Michael Pilkington
Gladys and Nora Palmer (George's sisters) outside Sheene Manor in 1907
Janet and Michael Pilkington

We are indebted to Janet and Michael Pilkington for providing the information for this page on George Palmer, Janet’s step-father.

George Cecil W Palmer was born in Meldreth on April 3rd 1907, the son of George Palmer (1862 – 1934) and Susannah Woods and the grandson of George Palmer (1835 – 1913) and Sarah Mortlock (1833 – 1917).  Sarah Mortlock was the daughter of Meldreth farmer, Simeon Mortlock.

After his father died George lived in Sheene Manor with his spinster sister Norah until he married Marjorie Rayner in 1966.  Norah then moved into a new bungalow build in the grounds of the Manor until her death in 1980.

George was a likeable man although quiet and possibly shy.  He was very popular at Royston cricket club where he was both the Captain and President.  He played a lot of cricket as he was in a reserved occupation during the war and played a lot with Janet’s father, Tony Hoy, Brian Worboys from Bassingbourn and Brian Gadsby.

Educated at The Perse school in Cambridge, George was quite musical, playing both the piano and the violin.  He was a keen member of the Cambridge Operatic Society in his early years and he loved Gilbert and Sullivan, knowing all the words and singing along.   He did not appear to be a religious man but he would not allow any work on a Sunday, even in the height of harvest.

Being in a reserved occupation during the war George joined the Home Guard and would do his stint of fire-watching from the top of Melbourn church tower.  He was quite a stout man and it must have been a struggle for him to climb to the top.

He was Chair of the Parish Council when the almshouses, by the Stocks, were opened and was Chair for a long time.  He loved his garden and put in hundreds of bulbs and bedding plants.

George and Marjorie had been married 27 years when Marjorie died.  George Palmer lived on for a further 3 years dying in September 1996 aged 89.

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Comments about this page

  • In reply to Linda Clarke (see comment below) I remember your grandfather clearly. He would often bring a dead wild rabbit to my parents house for 2 shillings (old money). All of his children were lovely people. When anyone mentions Derek Cooper it reminds me of the time we were playing cricket on the Atlas sports ground against Haslingfield. We bowled them out for 5 runs. Derek 5 wickets for 2 runs, I took 5 for 2 and 1 extra. Whenever I met Derek he mentioned that game. I remember your Mum too.

    By Bob Lee (29/09/2023)
  • I believe my grandfather Herbert (Bert) Cooper used to work for George Palmer. He lived in Melbourn and on my parents’ wedding certificate his occupation was down as vermin killer. My father Derek was his eldest son.

    By Linda Clarke (04/10/2013)

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