Category: Local People

December 21, 2018|Local People | Personal memories

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|First World War | Local People | Naval connections | Wartime Wickham

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|Local People | Personal memories

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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June 12, 2016|First World War | Local People | Military connections | Wartime Wickham

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|Local People | Personal memories

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 9, 2016|Local People | Notable people

Dame Dorothy Mary Donaldson – First Female Lord Mayor  of London

Dame Dorothy Mary Donaldson, nurse, arbitrator, administrator, philanthropist and highly respected politician, philanthropist, was born August 29 1921 and died October 4 2003 aged 82. Born Dorothy Mary Warwick – although she preferred to be called Mary – in Wickham, in what is now Warwick Lane shopping arcade, she was the daughter of an ironmonger and his school-teacher wife. She attended…

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