The Riddaway Family including Edith Grace C Lane

Robert Riddaway and Fanny Blackmore married in 1888. They ran Riddaway's Stores in Bow which served the village for almost 100 years.  The shop was part of Manchester House, one of the oldest houses in Bow, formerly a brewhouse where King Charles I is reputed to have stayed for one night in 1664. Three of their eight children were involved in the First World War.

Edith Louise Riddaway was born in Bow in 1888. At the time of the start of the First World War she was a nurse/governess resident in France, and was briefly interned in Germany.  After the war she returned to Bow with George Lane (born 1880). Also known as George Chalmers Lane, he came from London. Not a lot is known about him - it is said he had been invalided out of the army as a result of a gas attack, and he was certainly active with the British Legion locally. However it seems that he didn't marry Edith until a few months before his death in 1950, and that he had been previously married.


Their daughter, Edith Grace C Lane, was born in Bow in 1921 and brought up at Silver Street, then two cottages at the West end of the village. In 1978 she wrote a book under her married name of Grace Griffiths, about her childhood in Bow during the 1920s entitled "The Days of my Freedom". In it she describes being attended by Dr Bastard. She was educated at Crediton High School, after which she became a librarian.  She joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1942. In 1945 she was awarded the Certificate of Merit for her "outstanding work" in the Special Wireless Branch of The Royal Signals in London, where she met her husband, Gordon Douglas Griffiths (also an author). She died in 1998.