Although we know very little about the
bridegroom, Henry Woods, who was born in the
Aylsham area in 1918, there is more
information available about Remina Valori, who
came from a large Italian family.
Her father, Guido Valori, born in Italy in
1880, had emigrated to England with his four
younger brothers and sister. The 1911
Census lists Guido and his younger brothers as
plasterers by trade and all living at 58
Botolph Street Norwich.
1910 Guido had married Rosina Mancini in
Norwich and their first child Francisco, later
known as Frank, was born in 1911. They
had several more children, including Remina,
born in Norwich in 1922.
In that year Guido was running a catering
operation at Brundall Gardens but by 1939 had
become well established as a fish
merchant In Norwich.
this time Guido and family were living
comfortably at 1, Catton Grove Road, Norwich (which
you will see featured in the film some 10
years later). Over the course of the
20th century it appears that various members
of the Valori family owned and ran fish and
chip shops and ice cream parlour
businesses all over Norwich.
Guido’s wife Rosina Mancini, Remina’s mother,
came from large family troupe of street
musicians who lived at No 8 Clarke’s
Yard, Ber Street, Norwich, in 1901. Rosina’s
parents, Giovanni and Carrie, had arrived in
England some time around the 1880s,
settling first in Great Yarmouth, then