May 8, 2020|Second World War

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|Knowle

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|Historial Events | Second World War | Wartime Wickham

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|Historial Events

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|Historial Events

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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December 30, 2019|Knowle

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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December 26, 2019|Knowle

Knowle – A Casualty of the Great War

ERNEST EDWARD PHAROAH Gunner Ernest Edward Pharoah was one of the fourteen children of George, a local farmer, and his wife Mary. Ernest worked as a cowman on his father’s farm at Whiteley Pastures before becoming an attendant at Knowle Hospital. Enlisting at Brockhurst, Gosport in November 1915, Ernest became a gunner in the Royal…

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January 23, 2019|Local People

Molly Grace Haydock

Molly Grace Haydock 24th July 1928 – 21st June 2016 Local girl Molly (nee Cheater) Haydock was born in Swanmore. She went to school in Curdridge and Hedge End. During the war the classrooms were shared by the evacuated town children escaping from the dock yard bombs: locals went in the morning and the evacuees…

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January 23, 2019|First World War | Local People | Naval connections | Wartime Wickham

The Battle of Coronel – The Wickham Connection

The Battle of Coronel took place on 1st November 1914 off the coast of Central Chile. Britain knew from radio messages that Germany’s East Asiatic squadron, under Admiral Graf Maximilian von Spee, was trying to elude the British and Japanese ships as it sailed eastwards from the Caroline Islands across the Pacific. A British Squadron…

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January 23, 2019|Naval connections

Admiral Robert Linzee

Robert Linzee was born in Portsmouth in 1739 and died 4th October 1804. He is buried in St Nicholas Churchyard, Wickham. Linzee was twice married and had one son by his first wife. For some time, he lived at Little Park, located to the north of Wickham Village. Promoted to Admiral on the 1st January 1801, Robert Linzee commanded no further ships…

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