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May 8, 2020|

Peter Merrett – working for the war effort and the A.R.P – an nearly killed by a German fighter

Peter was 20 at the outbreak of war, living in Bedford Place (now Dairymoor) with his parents. He was serving an apprenticeship in his father’s garage (Forge Garage), and in 1940 volunteered with his eldest Muriel sister for ARP duties – Peter working at night, with his sister by day, as ambulance drivers. The ARP…

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May 8, 2020|

Ron Parkins – Rookesbury Park Gardens

Ron lived through the war with his parents and sister at The Bothy, Rookesbury Park Gardens, off Hundred Acres Road.  He was 12 years old in 1939, and attended secondary school in Harrison Road, Fareham, which had about 500 boys and girls from the surrounding area.  He travelled to and from school by bus, run…

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May 8, 2020|

Rosemary Copeland – Keeping life normal in Wartime Wickham

My father, Mr Jack Urban Froud, was the boot and shoe repairer – his shop was at the corner of Mayles Lane, in what later became the Pine Furniture Shop. He was too old to be called up but like most men of his age in Wickham was in the Home Guard, and apart from…

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May 8, 2020|

Wickham During the War Years: 1939-1945

When we commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Victory in Europe this month, many of you will remember the war years here in Wickham. Recalling that broadcast made in 1939 announcing that our Country was at war with Germany, it was a most sobering moment.  It was not long before everyone was involved in the preparation…

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May 7, 2020|

Murder most foul – The Crocker Hill tragedy

Ever looked at the Brazilian Steakhouse at Crocker Hill, halfway between Wickham and Fareham, and wondered about the history of this building? Some may remember it as a Thai restaurant, before that, Krakatoa, a shop specialising in furniture from the Far East, but it was originally built as the ‘new’ Old Vine public house in…

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May 7, 2020|

Celebrating VE Day in Wickham

Victory in Europe Day – VE Day – signified the end to nearly 6 years of war. People rejoiced in the news that Germany had surrendered and marked the victory with street parties, as did Wickham. Rationing was still severe, and so there were sandwiches – probably jam and paste – but not many cakes….

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May 7, 2020|

Wickham Fair – All the fun of the fair!

Wickham Fair day – 20th May – was a great day in the village. The horse-drawn caravans were beautifully painted – they were owned by real Romany people. They were not allowed into the Square until the church clock struck 12 noon, then they’d gallop the horses and caravans in, to try to get the…

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May 7, 2020|

May Day Celebrations in Wickham

Marjorie’s Memories When I think of Wickham I like to remember it as it was in the days of my childhood.   On May Day each year, we collected wild flowers and made garlands.   We went to the houses of the local gentry to sing to them and they gave us a penny each.  Our…

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January 1, 2020|

Knowle and the Railway

Although there was already a railway line from London to Portsmouth, consent was given to build the Meon Valley Railway (MVR) by an Act of Parliament in 1897. In 1898 the London and South West Railway (LSWR) purchased 7 acres of land from Knowle.  The following year, Wickham landowners were paid £7,500 for 23 acres…

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December 30, 2019|

Knowle War Memorial

At the beginning of the last century, Knowle Hospital was home to about 1000 patients and staff and was a self contained ‘village’ with gardeners, carpenters, upholsterers, blacksmiths as well as those who undertook various duties caring for the hospital patients. As with many villages, members of the staff and estate residents answered the call…

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