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Margaret Janet Becker (1904 - 1953)
Margaret Janet Becker (1904-1953) was interested in the preservation and renovation of ancient monuments and treasures in cathedrals and churches and she travelled as far afield as Cornwall and Scotland to organise the cleaning and renovation of woodwork and stone, roof bosses and monuments. She researched similar contemporary monuments, clothing and customs before undertaking any restoration. She was a member of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Advisory Committee on the care of churches, the council of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and the Suffolk Preservation Society. She was also the chairwoman of the Wangford Branch of the Divisional Conservative Society. Her artistic ability found expression in writing novels and verse, as well as historical articles and essays. Her two novels were 'David Without Jonathan' (in America it was entitled the 'Thirsty Oak') and 'Ploughshare into Pylon' which was based on life in a Suffolk village. Her 'Flowers by Post and Other Verse' was published in Halesworth in 1944. Historical accounts of local places included 'Notes on the Church and Village of Wenhaston; Blythburgh - An Essay on the VIllage and its Church' and 'Sutherland House and Sole Bay'. She also edited the 'Story of Southwold' and wrote articles on monumental art and Rochester Bridge. Ref Suffolk County Council - Suffolk Archives  https://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/collections/getrecord/GB175_823
Janet Becker had a correspondence with Caroline Louisa Pickthall