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Ann Berry

15 January 2016, 09:53

Further to my earlier communication, I have since spoken with my younger sister, who tells me that I am wrong - it was Gladys Shackleton who sold antiques in The Crypt, NOT Kathleen. Kathleen was indeed the artist - my sister recalls meeting her once, briefly, when she was involved in setting up a display of works by local amateur artists in Chichester and I am told my mother, an amateur artist, knew her. So apologies for the erroneous information - but you may be interested anyway. If these details are not recorded within living memory, they are lost for all time. The two sisters did indeed live together in Chichester.

Ann Berry

15 January 2016, 07:27

Later in life Kathleen Shackleton lived with one of her sisters (Gladys I think) in a little Georgian terrace house in Westgate, Chichester, West Sussex. Kathleen dealt in antiques, curios etc., trading in The Crypt of Chichester Cathedral, entrance to which is down a flight of stone steps from South Street. (It is now a restaurant.) To a child (as I was then) The Crypt constituted a long, dusky and dusty, utterly fascinating treasure trovel. My memory of Miss Shackleton is that she was quite tall and slim. She was a delightful woman, always kind to me. My mother, a lover of antiques, bought things from her from time to time and I used regularly to visit The Crypt on my way home from Chichester High School. I still possess and am passing on to my own children and grandchildren, with notes of their provenance, items I bought from Miss Shackleton and which she was always happy to put aside for me until I had saved sufficient from my pocket money for the purchase. A miniature silver chair (dolls' house size) a Georgian cut-glass scent bottle with stopper and silver top, an Indian box, full of tiny compartments and inlaid with ivory and a Victorian lady's sewing box are amongst the things I bought from her. As I write this, in the corner of my living room is a Georgian music cabinet with intricate wood inlay which she sold to my mother. I grew up, married, had children, life moved on. I assume that when Kathleen Shackleton died in 1961 she was still living in Chichester and died either at home or in the local hospital. I did not know until now that she had been no mean artist!

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