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December 21, 2018|

Mrs Pratt of Rookesbury Lodge

Mrs Pratt has lived at the Lodge for 53 years and remembers when Beverley and the Rectory were the only houses nearby. The biggest change in the village is the increase in traffic and the improvement in social affairs. When she was young, the only gaieties were the Foresters Fete at Little Park (or Park…

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December 21, 2018|

Mrs Sherwood of 2 School Road, Wickham

Mrs Sherwood has lived in the same house for 53 years and remembers when there were only two other houses besides the School in the road. To her the most striking change in the village was the starting of the busses and other transport. But she added that the people nowadays were less friendly and…

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November 4, 2018|

The Battle of Jutland – The Wickham Connection

The Battle of Jutland, fought between 31 May and 1 June 1916, was the largest naval engagement of the Great War, involving 151 vessels of the Royal Navy Grand Fleet and 99 vessels of the German Navy’s High Seas Fleet. The battle started when Admiral Beatty succeeded in luring the German Grand Fleet into the range of the Royal Navy’s…

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June 7, 2017|

Memories of the Second World War & After: My conversation with Janet Bowater & Carol Hazzard

Carol and Janet have lived in Wickham all their lives and been best friends since school. People today still think they are sisters. Carol is now aged 79 and Janet 80. I visited Janet as she had some deeds which she wanted help deciphering and she kindly agreed to talk about Wickham. When I came…

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August 10, 2016|

Admiral Sir Robert Swinburne Lowry, KCB

Robert Swinburne Lowry, son of Lieutenant General Robert William Lowry, was born 4 March 1854.  He was educated at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.  As a Midshipman, he was one of three men in HMS Invincible to be awarded the Royal Humane Society Bronze award for saving life off the coast of Gibraltar. Lowry was made a lieutenant in the…

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June 27, 2016|

Captain James Robert Mosse

James Robert Mosse was born in 1745 and died in 1801. He was a military hero who was killed at the Battle of Copenhagen during the Napoleonic Wars and is remembered on a memorial stone in St Nicholas Churchyard, Wickham. James married Ann Grace Kinchin, daughter of the Reverend Stephen Kinchin, of Stoke Charity on 16 March 1780 at Deane, Hampshire. They lived…

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June 20, 2016|

Admiral Thomas Revell Shivers

Admiral Thomas Revell Shivers was born in 1751 and died in Wickham on 1 June 1827, aged 76. He was buried in St Nicholas churchyard on 8 June 1827. According to the 1839 Tithe Map and the 1841 census, Shivers’ widow, Mary, was a landowner and lived in Havelock house. Mary Shivers was born Mary South….

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June 12, 2016|

Gallipoli – The Wickham Connection

The eight-month campaign which took place between 25 April 1915 – 9 January 1916 on the Gallipoli peninsula in the Ottoman Empire. It was one of the Allies’ great disasters of the Great War. As the war began, fighting was primarily on two fronts – the Western and Eastern Fronts. In November 1914, Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty,…

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March 20, 2016|

Alfred Stubbington – Market Gardener

Born in 1888, Alfred had a piece published in The Grower’s Gazette in 1949 in which he described the history of Hundred Acres hamlet. Alfred Stubbington was a market gardener of Wickham Parish, an industry important to the area in days gone by. In 1949, he had published the following article in The Growers Gazette: On or about the…

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February 19, 2016|

Sir Henry Alexander Wickham

Sir Henry Alexander Wickham took rubber seeds from Brazil to Kew from where the Indonesian rubber production industry was founded. He is buried in St Nicholas Churchyard. Read the story of Henry Wickham.

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