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May Catherine Phillips was the eldest child of
Harriet Rigg (1863-1941)
Jack Phillips (1866-1956). She had an interesting and sheltered life as her parents were
comfortably well off. She developed an interest in psychic phenomena and was a well
known and respected Christian medium. She also painted and in this claimed to be guided
by a spirit mentor. When in her 70s she even painted nudes - guided by her spirit
mentor - and was surprisingly frank about it all for a spinster from such a sheltered
upbringing. The family home, which I often visited was at 1 Spratt Hall Road, Wanstead
and I vaguely remember her father when visiting as a child. The house was fascinating
for a young child being full of curious objects collected from around the world.
May Catherine Phillips was a cousin of my grandfather.