Category: People

December 30, 2018|Local People | Personal memories

Mrs Selby and Mrs Gamblin

Mrs Selby is 91 years old this year, she came to Wickham in 1913. Mrs Gamblin was born in Wickham in 1905 – went to Wickham School when she was four years old, as she already had a brother at the school. Wickham School was known as the Little School and the Big School. The…

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December 30, 2018|Local People

James Dunn, Frith Farm

Retirement of Mr James Dunn This week saw the retirement of Mr. James Dunn after fifty years of devoted and loyal service at Frith Farm. He joined the late Mr. A.E. Roberts at the farm in early 1907. First he did general farm work, but was soon attracted to looking after farm vehicles and equipment….

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December 21, 2018|Local People | Personal memories

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|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 27, 2016|Naval connections | Notable people

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 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 19, 2016|Notable people

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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