Her parents, Albert Timms from Buckingham and Emma Dibber from Ardley, Oxfordshire, married and moved to Juniper Hill where Albert worked as a stonemason

They soon moved to The End House in Juniper Hill, the home to the Timms family (Timmins in the drama series), which they were able to afford as Albert was a craftsman and earned slightly more than the 10 shillings per week paid to agricultural labourers.

This was barely enough for the essentials such as rent, food and fuel, and poorer families would often find themselves pawning objects when they were short of cash. Whilst the Timms family were slightly better off than many of the impoverished families in the hamlet, they were far from rich. Flora was the eldest of six surviving children.