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Hi Martyn, thanks for the information. We will correct it now
It’s Martyn Cornell, not Martin
There’s some mixed up information here: “In 1953 Fordhams was sold to Greene King, when this building became a bottle store. In 1958 Greene King sold it to Flowers Breweries Limited, who in turn were amalgamated with Whitbread in 1965.” J W Green of Luton bought Fordham’s in 1952. Green’s became Flowers in 1954 (Green’s taking the Flower’s name for commercial reasons) and Whitbread bought Flowers in 1962. I don’t think Greene King ever had anything to do with it, though maybe they used the maltings in the ’50s, perhaps.
Hello William, I will pass this on to our team of investigators and see if they come up with any information. As yet we have not looked into WWII veterans but a lot of forces records are available at: https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/
My dad Bramwell Harvey also worked at Tommy Denis butchers before the Second World War for several years before he was called up to serve in the RAF Eddie Brown the other butcher in the village re married to my dads sister Ivey. When I was young my dad often took me to the butcher shop When we came to visit my Grandad William Harvey who lived in the village for many years.
Born in Canada in 1954, I am a grandson of W H Huffer and very thankful for this information as it is now the only knowledge I have about my Grandfather. I was told I might be able to request further official military records of sorts? If possible it would be appreciated… along with my father W H Huffer who served in WW 2 with the Chindits in Burma and passed in March of 1994. Hopefully this makes sense? If I may, I also would have had an uncle (mother’s side) whom I was told passed on the last day of the war as a Major Terry Paynter which again is all I know. I appreciate whatever you can offer if this comment field allows such requesting. I also notice there are 3 other Huffers on your list… would they be relatives to my grandfather??? Thank you very much for your time. Sincerely, William Robert Huffer.
thanks for your comment. From the date and association I think the author means Robert Stephenson so I will delete the Louis from the text.
You mention Robert Louis Stephenson of “The Rocket” fame. Robert Louis Stephenson was the well known author. The Robert Stephenson of “Rocket” fame was a completely different person. He was the son of George Stephenson and seems to have had no middle name.
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I have found photo of Ted and Ernest Holloway in Ashwell on motorcycle
On the museum address: after ‘Herts’ there should be a full-stop and not a comma.
Hi Ashley, welcome back to your family seat, it is surprising how many families have a connection with Ashwell. I have produced an Ashwell family tree which includes your family and would be pleased to help.
Photo 13 the gentleman on his own is Robert Crack husband of Violet May Goodchild it may also be Robert in the wedding photo
The lad in photo 8 also appears in photo 7 still unknown
Photo 7 the lady in the spotted dress could be Violet May Goodchild and the man in the bowler hat could be Robert Crack her husband
Hi. I believe we share the same Great, Great, Great Grandparents- James Goodchild b1803 and Elizabeth Wilson b 1805. (Apologies in advance if you know all this already.) Elizabeth was from Ashwell and I believe is buried in St Mary’s church cemetery. James and his father before him, Turner Goodchild were bootmakers. I have traced the direct line from them back to Owen Goodchild b1635 living in Ashwell.
James and Elizabeth Goodchild had my Gt Gt Grandmother Mary Goodchild b1841 (I have a photo of her) and your Gt Gt Grandfather William Goodchild b 1848. Together I believe they lived at 31 High St Ashwell.
I’d be hugely interested in receiving any insight into the family history if anybody has anything.
Thanks in advance
This may not be seen by anybody as the original post was some time ago. But I’ve discovered that I am a descendant of James and Charlotte Clements, and indeed have many ancestors from Ashwell! What makes this even stranger is that I moved to Royston last year without any clue I had so many relatives from this area (I was born and grew up in London).
I’d love to learn more about these ancestors and will definitely be in touch with anyone that may have information.
Much enjoyed reading this recently-found article, stirring some old memories (and pre-memories!). Dr John and Dr Sheila were my parents’ doctors from before I was born, and in fact I think I was delivered by Dr Sheila at St George’s nursing home in Royston (my memory is unclear on that). I remember Liz Fletcher from the Grammar School – I was a shy first former when she was Head Girl. Much later, Fergus was my parents’ doctor until my father died in 1986 and my mother moved to Scotland. My parents were fond of them personally and had a high regard for them all as doctors.
I was privileged to live in “the Centre” in the late 60’s early 70’s when my father ran the Field Studies Centre and it was a hive of activity in terms of village life – jumble sales being particularly popular!
I remember going to Mr Whitby’s house with my parents and being mightily impressed when he showed me a bamboo cane with wire ring attached which he could use to change channels and turn up the volume on the TV without getting up from his armchair! Inventor of the remote control?
Hi I am currently researching my family history. My grandmother was Gertrude Susie Christy, daughter of Abraham Hart Christy, sister of Charles Alexander and aunt of Beatrice Ellen Christy. I inherited from my parents a wood engraving of White Lodge Richmond Park. I would love to know more about her, see photos, and also hear more about Charles. I also inherited some antique furniture that came from Charles, and he lent my dad money to buy his first car. It would be great to be in contact with Simon.
Found in google search.
I have found a wooden keg brass bush ring marked “Pages Brewery Ashwell” was found next to the Thames on foreshore near to Old Billingsgate Market, Central London.
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