Maud Corbett


Matilda Agnes Alice Pearson was born 14 November 1901, it is thought in Scotland & known as Maud. Her father was John Westall Pearson & her sister Dorothy Pearson, see separate article.

Maud married Eric Blake Harvey on 18 April 1928 at St George, Hanover Square. They had two sons John & Michael who played bridge at the West Kent bridge club in the 1950s. Eric also played bridge & was in the winning Arnold Cup teams in 1949, 1951 & 1954 partnering Leslie Fleming.

In 1937 KCBA was founded by John Westall Pearson, Maud’s father, and Maud ran the KCBA as honorary secretary from a room in 12 Boyne Park in Tunbridge Wells.

In September 1939 when the National Register was compiled Eric & Maud were living in Molyneux Park Road in Tunbridge Wells.

Maud subsequently, in 1949, married Reginald Harvey Corbett, who was known as Rex. Rex was born 1892 in Farnham in Surrey.

At about the same time as the marriage Rex purchased 12 Boyne Park, which was the venue for West Kent Bridge Club. Rex & Maud then ran the West Kent club together until the early 1960s when they moved to live just outside Crowborough.

Rex died 16 November 1967 & 12 Boyne Park formed part of his estate so was ordered to be sold by his executors although the West Kent club continued to play there for a few more years. Maud continued her ties with the West Kent & she retired as honorary secretary in 1974 at which time she was elected as life president.

Maud continued to run the KCBA as honorary secretary and in 1958 she organised the first post war Kent Congress at the Grand Hotel in Folkestone. In 1968 she resigned as KCBA secretary but continued to run the congress.

Maud won various KCBA cups over the years including the Fleming Femina in 1959, Brook Cup in 1963, Dyer Smith in 1966 & the Pearson Cup in 1953 and 1963.

Maud died 28 July 1990 while living at Boarshead just outside Crowborough.

The Corbett Cup was presented to KCBA by Rex & Maud in 1958.