Dr Rickards, (centre) 1951

Dr Esther Rickards O.B.E (the famous gynaecologist & surgeon) lived in Nightingale Cottage part of the Tarbay Estate.   Esther bred Cocker and Clumber Spaniels for show and became a well-respected Crufts Judge and top breeder in her field.

14 Comments

  1. She never bred Clumber Spaniels, she bred Irish Water Spaniels, Cockers
    Welsh Springers, & Sussex.

    1. Martin Rathfelder says:

      How do you know? I’d like to know more about her

    2. iris Horvath says:

      She did own Clumberspaniels and Fieldspaniels did she bread IrishWaterSpaniels or did David and Richard form next door TarbayFarm
      After she was in a Dutch hospital a workt at her kennels to help her out for a few weeks in the years before i workt during vacations at tarbayfarm kennels and met her every day as wel as her brother George

      1. Ilsa Pole says:

        Hello Iris,
        I would like to know more about Esther’s brother George. Was it George who was a farmer and married to Vera? Did they ever talk about their other brothers? It must have been good to work there with Esther, and I remember her neighbours David and Richard.

        1. Iilsa – are you related to phoebe and Joe pole? Phoebe an ester were my great aunts.

          1. Ilsa Pole says:

            Hello Jilayne, Yes Phoebe and Joe were my grandparents. Would love to compare notes with you. Which of the brothers was your grandparent ?

  2. jilayne rickards says:

    I would like to know more about her too – she was my great aunt !

    1. Ilsa Pole says:

      Hi, My name is Ilsa Pole. Esther was my great aunt too. I have pictures of her and more information. Get in touch – I’m the only Ilsa Pole on Facebook.

      1. F.B. Jacqueline Brigden Henry.

    2. I worked for her from 1963-1968.them came too America.ilved at Nightingale cottage and her brother George lived there also.Her nephew John , his wife Janet and there children immigrated to Canada around the same time…..

      1. F.B. Jacqueline Brigden Henry

      2. Ilsa Pole says:

        Thanks Jaqueline,
        Do you know where John and Janet are now? I remember going to their wedding with my grandmother and Esther. I would love to know more about George.

  3. Martin Rathfelder says:

    If you can find more photos of Esther – or could write a bit about what you know about her – we would be very grateful.

    1. Ilsa Pole says:

      Hi Martin, the family archive is mostly in boxes in storage. I will sort out what I can next time I go there. I have obituaries from the papers, It may take a while but I’ll gather together what I know. All best to you, Ilsa

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