Why the Brass Buddha?

The Brass Buddha
The Brass Buddha

The brass Buddha was an ornament that sat in our house for as long as I remember. It belonged to Mrs Bamford and as a child I remember polishing it and the other brass ornaments in the house, a dinner gong, candlesticks in the shape of cobras and a number of vases. To me the brass Buddha captured something of the essence of Mrs Bamford. She had a roll-top desk in her room with lots of nooks and crannies filled with interesting bit and pieces, she had friends and relations all round the world who would write regularly. Some of these friends were archaeologists and their postcards held a particular fascination for me. She got the National Geographic magazine every month, and there would be a tussle every month to see who would get the free map that came with each issue.

My father told me the Buddha was a present from India brought back by a friend of Mrs Bamford, a Mrs Prescott from Armagh whose husband was an officer in the army there.

The Buddha is now in my possession and when I was looking for a name for this website it seemed appropriate. The decision was probably influenced by Sharon Oddie Brown and her website The Silver Bowl which contained some useful information for me as we have the Bell and Noble surname interests in common. Sharon’s site contains a lot of useful information for people with relatives in counties Armagh and Monaghan.