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August 22, 2020|

The story of The Upper House and The Lower House

The Upper and The Lower Houses are two fine but very differently presented Georgian fronted houses on Winchester Road, Wickham.  The Upper House, opposite the Buddens Road junction, is now part of Upper House Court, while The Lower House is located just below the road entrance to Upper House Court. The history of the two…

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July 22, 2020|

Joan Dennis – Living in Wickham, working in Portsmouth

My grandfather, Mr Bailey, was headmaster of Wickham School before the first World War – he died in 1921. However by the time the Second War started, I was in my last year at school, having been at school in Wickham, then Fareham, and Hilsea.  The whole school at Hilsea was evacuated to Leigh Park…

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July 20, 2020|

Arthur Hamilton Lee, 1st Viscount Lee of Fareham

Arthur Hamilton Lee, who was elevated to the peerage in 1918, was the tenant of Rookesbury Park from about 1900 to 1912.  A soldier, politician, diplomat, patron of the arts and philanthropist, Arthur Lee served as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, and First Lord of the Admiralty following the Great War.  He donated his country…

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July 19, 2020|

Yvonne Case – Business as usual at the Bakery

Throughout 1940, strenuous efforts were made to keep all normal services running as usual — the local buses stopped briefly only during air raids, and postmen climbed over rubble to deliver the mail. Cases Bakery Vans c.1950   During the worst period, one night the two main bakeries in Portsmouth were put out of action….

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July 19, 2020|

Joan Bramley – Finding happiness during the War

Joan was 13 when war broke out and living with her parents in School Road and her grandmother lived in the same road. She was attending Fareham Girls School, but remembers Miss Warren, headmistress of the Primary School, telling her that the autumn term for the younger children would be delayed until air raid shelters…

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July 19, 2020|

Carol and Susan Robbins – Two Sisters’ Memories

My sister (Carol Hazard) and I were born and brought up on the Winchester Road, just opposite Begs the Vets. Our maternal Grandmother, Mrs Lizzie Isaac May lived in the little black and white cottage in the square which is now the wine bar. In those days it was a beautiful cobbled village. She lived…

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July 19, 2020|

Evelyn Maulden – Bells rang for her wedding just after D-Day

I was at school at Rookesbury before the war – we had no electricity or running water, in fact the water supply was due to a massive ram pumping water up from the river. When the the house was taken over by the RASC in 1940, this proved to be a blessing in disguise, as…

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July 19, 2020|

Joyce Cleife – Cycling to Work

Joyce was l8 when war broke out and living with her parents in Fareham. She was working for Flux’s Laundry in their office in High Street, Gosport, handling the invoices for the luxury yachts that moored in the harbour. When war broke out, the yachts were commandeered and she was moved to the laundry’s office…

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July 19, 2020|

Margaret Gwynn – A Schoolgirl’s Memories

My first memories are as a child living at No.7 Star Cottages, a two-up two down middle cottage of three next to the Star inn (now Greens).  We had no inside toilet or bathroom – that facility was marked ‘up the garden’ where a wood fired ‘copper’ heated all the water for Friday night baths…

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July 19, 2020|

Anon – Planning for D-Day with Admiral Ramsay

I started my service in the WRNS aged 17 in 1944. I wore a plotter’s badge with DD under it. DD stood for “Drawing Duties”. I was called to HMS Vernon (Gun Wharf) in March 1944 and introduced to a Naval Lieutenant with whom I was to work. The work was on masses of charts…

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