Winnie celebrates 100th birthday in Dunmow

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 September 2015

Winifred Crouchman turned 100.

Winifred Crouchman turned 100.

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A woman from Dunmow has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Winnie Crouchman, born on September 12 1915, celebrated the day at the Dunmow Community Centre, and has lived in Essex for 76 years.

Residing in Essex for over a century, she has cemented her legacy with six surviving children and 58 grand, great and great, great grandchildren.

In fact, two more are on their way.

Mrs Crouchman arrived in Essex after moving from London in 1939. One of 13 children, she left school at 14-years-old to become a sowing machinist and made baby clothes.

Thanks to her brother, Alec, Mrs Crouchman found a cottage in White Roding and stayed there for nine years with her five children from her marriage to Arthur Angell.

An army man based in Doncaster, Mr Angell rarely came home, and they later divorced.

Leaving White Roding, Mrs Crouchman moved to Leaden Roding, where she worked on the potato and sugar beet fields, before marrying her second husband Len Crouchman.

Together they had three more children, juggling work and raising eight altogether.

After her husband passed away in 1996, Mrs Crouchman’s slight began to fail and she is now registered blind. She lived independently until October 2014, but now resides at Redbond Lodge, where she receives around-the-clock care.

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