Alfred Stride was a tenant farmer at Pinks Farm, Dibden, when George Gardiner met him in June 1907. He was the farmer of 35 acres and he employed one man, Charles Green, described as a Farm Servant.
Alfred was born at Netley Marsh in 1841. He married Emily and they had five children; Maude, Edith, Alice, Noah and Bessie.
He lost the farm through no fault of his own when it was included in a sale of Pinks Farm, Roy's Copse and cottages, and Dibden Bottom Farm, by the trustees of the marriage settlement of William Gascoigne Roy esq of London and Miss Margaret Alicia Constable of Westbourne Terrace, Middx, in 1867 (the marriage settlement dated from 1848).
In 1908 the trustees sold these properties to Herbert Henry Dover Masters, Henry Masters and Sedgwick Masters, all of Southampton. HHDM and SM leased the 2 houses (one incoporating a shop, later described as a post office), built facing Main Road to the north of Dibden School, to Walter Albert Green and William Arthur Green of Southampton, builders, for 999 years.
HHDM and SM sold these plots, together with a plot of land to the north and west, to Mrs Frances Emlin Maria Masters of Southampton in 1918.
Alfred's son Noah took on the tenancy at nearby Talbot Farm. Afred was living with Noah at Talbot Farm when he died in March, 1911. Although no longer in the Stride family, Talbot Farm is still there.
Alfred Stride was 66 when he sang Gardiner six songs in June, 1907
(Untitled) An S.O.N.G.
Little Chimney Sweep
The Sucking Pig
Here's Christmas Day A-Drawing Nigh at Hand
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