"The Oldie is an incredible magazine - perhaps the best magazine in the world right now" Graydon Carter, founder of Air Mail and former Editor of Vanity Fair

Subscribe to the Oldie and get a free cartoon book


Farewell to the garden of a lifetime - Christian Lamb, 101

Features | By Christian Lamb

Christian in her Cornwall garden

Christian Lamb helped plan D-Day. Now, at 101, Britain’s oldest surviving Wren, leaves a beloved garden

There is something about big, wide, busy rivers that makes one long to live beside them. During the Second World War, I had the luck to work down near East Tilbury, where Henry VIII built blockhouses on both banks.

At Coalhouse Fort, one of these blockhouses, I worked as a 20-year-old Leading Wren – a member of the Women’s Royal Naval Service. I’d given up a place at Oxford in 1939 to become a Wren.

This story was from June 2020 issue. Subscribe Now