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Published works by Alfred's youngest sister
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Literary creativity ran in the Williams blood - and Alfred was not the only published poet in the family.

His mother Elizabeth wrote poetry in her head while working in the garden of Rose Cottage or walking in the fields, although there is sadly no record of her having written any down. Meanwhile her eldest son Ernest, Alfred's brother, composed "humorous parodies which he used to sing to his own tunes".

Youngest sister Ada went one step further and actually published a tiny collection of poems - apparently during or soon after the First World War. The little booklet's title is A Summer's Day and Other Poems, although two references to the main poem in the publication carry the title A Summer Day.

The copy below has been kindly provided by Alfred Williams Heritage Society supporter Roger Maisey, whose father Jack was born, like Alfred, in Cambria Cottage, South Marston. Note that the owner of the booklet has handwritten a note to show Ada's connection with her famous elder brother, because she published under her married name of Thorne.

Ada, who was also born at Cambria Cottage, lived for many years at Rose Cottage, just down the road. The (photocopies of) photographs seen below show her inside the cottage in later life, and in the garden with her husband, were kindly provided by the cottage's current owner, Rupert Burt.

Ada died in 1974.