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January 1, 2020|Knowle

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

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|First World War | Knowle | Military connections

A Casualty of the Great War – E. E. Pharoah

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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January 23, 2019|Local People | Personal memories

Mr Shepherd of 8 Southwick Road

Mr. Shepherd was extremely helpful and interested in the Society, and said that if only he could read and write he would join. His eyes are very poor. Born in 1900, his earliest memory is the beginning of the railway. As a toddler, dressed all in white, as the fashion was, he was taken by…

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January 23, 2019|Buildings | History

Wickham National School – Extracts from the Log Book

We are fortunate to have access to the logbooks of Wickham National School from c1864-1900. Below is an extract taken from a logbook for a few days in a chilly February. February 1864 Feb 19th 10.30am Finished hearing children repeat their Hymns, which time with 2 hours on Monday morning spent in learning them makes…

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January 23, 2019|History

Education in Wickham 1840 – 1972

In the latter part of the 19th century, the Church was responsible for the building of most of the schools in England. They received a very small grant from the Government, and had to find all the money for the equipment and furnishing of the schools. Most of these schools were built adjacent to the…

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December 31, 2018|Local People | Personal memories

Arthur Alfred Shawyer of Wickham Common

In my boyhood days the market gardeners around Wickham particularly in Hundred Acres were devoted to strawberry growing in a very big way. The bulk of the fruit was sent by special fruit trains all over the country. One of the best known characters of those days was Mr John Baker who used to come…

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