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My aunt went to Hungary as Tangye family's Nanny

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 27, 2014

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I WAS interested in the article about Tangye's in The Bugle (April 10 edition).

In the 1930/40s my Auntie Annie Brookes was the cook at Tangye's. Also my Auntie Agnes at around that time worked in the offices and I think her boss was Douglas Ault.

In the 1930s my Auntie Isobel Brookes was the Nanny to Sir Basil and Lady Tangye's daughter, Gita.

Lady Tangye was Baroness Clarise Schossberger de Toryna from Budapest Hungary.

Before the war my Aunt travelled to Hungary with Sir Basil and Lady Tangye to look after Gita.

She used to send us postcards with a picture of a palace. I have done some research on the Internet, and I think it would have been the Schossberger Palace at Tura, the home of Lady Tangye.

From some of the pictures it looks as if the palace is falling into disrepair now, but I did look a year or two ago and there was talk of turning it into a hotel.

I am 84 years of age, and when I was a little girl I lived on the Birmingham Road near the Albion ground.

I lived next door to my Grandmother and Aunts and Uncles and I used to look forward to my Auntie Isobel coming home and telling me stories about Gita Tangye.

After one of her trips she brought me back a Hungarian dress all beautifully embroidered.

I was probably about 5 or 6 years old and I still have that dress today.

Maybe Bill Pace, who did the Tangye's research, will be interested in my story.

I believe he lives at Perton, I live at Compton Wolverhampton, so not far away from Bill.

Dorothy Head,

(nee Brookes),


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