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|Children||Annie Beaumont (1909)|
Florence Beaumont (née Scatterwood) was the mother of Annie Walker and the grandmother of both Billy Walker and Joan Davies. She was the principle source of her daughter’s pretensions and snobbishness that would characterise her throughout her life.
Annie frequently spoke of her family’s standing in Clitheroe where they were supposedly one of the oldest and most respected families. The tragedy that lay behind some of her exaggerations was that in the time of Annie’s grandfather the family did have money and were a force to be reckoned with in the district. However he invested the money unwisely, and on his death in 1927, his eldest son (and Annie’s father), Edward discovered the parlous state of the family fortune.
Edward’s siblings quickly left the area, leaving him to clear up the mess. In an manner similar to that which befell Charles Dickens in his youth, Annie was uprooted from her secure and somewhat affluent lifestyle and sent out to work in a weaving shed (in a doorstep argument with Elsie Tanner in 1967, Annie was called a "clapped-out millhand"). She found herself working among women whom her mother had once told her not to associate with. Annie “survived” the work for three years before Florence’s aunt, Isabella Scatterwood died on 7th April 1930 and left her niece her ice cream factory in the Lancashire town of Weatherfield. The small family moved there and Annie and her parents rejoiced in their newly-recovered status.