The Lady of the Rose










Enid Stamp Taylor was born on Sunday the 12th of June 1904 in the agreeable, late Victorian, seaside town of Whitley Bay in the North East corner of England. She was the only daughter of Army Major George Stamp Taylor and his wife Agnes.

Some years later they had a son and named him Robin Geoffrey. But tragically, he died at the very young age of only ten years whilst away from home and at boarding school.


Regretfully, the distraught parents separated in 1918, and Enid and her mother moved to London in order to stay with friends. It was here, that Enid’s interest in the stage began to blossom. She had reluctantly entered a beauty contest and then won the first prize of a part in the chorus line of a top West End show. The quality of her voice and exacting diction soon led her to stage training under Rosina Filippi, and in 1923 she toured in the ‘The Lady of the Rose’. During the thirties and forties, along with her agent Al Parker, she successfully built a powerful film and stage persona.                         


In 1929 she married the prosperous businessman Sidney Colton, and in 1934 they had their beautiful daughter Robin Anne’. However, two years later the marriage was over and consolation came in the form of another businessman by the name of Louis Jackson, and for a while they lived happily at Catherine Place, Westminster; close to Buckingham Palace.


Sadly, Enid died alone, and during the bitter cold winter that followed the summer of 1945. She had collapsed from a cerebral hemorrhage in the bathroom of her Park Lane address and was found by the maid in the early hours of that subsequent terrible Monday morning.


Some of the photographs included from time to time on my weblog pages -because this site is dedicated to words and pictures, a picture is worth a thousand words… come from Robin Anne’s own private collection. They are… those treasured memories that we like to keep as images of a near forgotten world.


And now, she sleeps so prettily, beside the little picturesque church of St. Nicholas in the quiet and charming Surrey village of Alfold, and where now and then… I refresh a single red rose to her memory.



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6 Responses to The Lady of the Rose

  1. jan says:

    thank you patrick for being so dedicated to a beautiful lady.

  2. Paula Rouse says:

    Hey Patrick

    I love this picture of Enid. I think it would be one of my favourites.
    Keep up the interesting work Look forward to reading some more from you


  3. jan finnis says:

    happy birthday Enid, i will always have you in my thoughts. Your birthday is the same date as my dad’s, must be special in the family…
    You will always be a part of my family’s life. You are just gorgeous. We are so proud of what you achieved. You were 15 years older than my dad but always talked about in the family.

  4. jan finnis says:

    p.s. I know you were born on the 12th, which was yesterday here but i have had you in my thoughts over 2 days.

  5. Patrick says:

    Lovely thoughts Jan… Enid is proud of you, that I’m sure of!

  6. Patrick says:

    Always in your thoughts… Lovely words Jan.
    I would think that you are in hers, as she passes her energy to and from you both.
    As you know Jan, the spirit persists in it’s own energy form…
    ‘The Shriving of Miss Esme Stamp’ from Patrick deals with the world of the spirits.

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