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To contact to Eton Wick History Group please use the comment box at the bottom of this page. If you wish to have a reply please include your email address. Our email address is info@etonwickhistory.co.uk

22 comments:

  1. Hi, I remember Fred & Nel Bennel. They lived in the first house on the left in Tilstone Ave. Fred had a gammy leg. He was always a bit grumpy. I liked him> He took David and I to football matches. I was friends with David but we fell out in later years over a silly matter. I regret it. If you see David pass on my regards. Hope he is doing well.

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  2. Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society

    From : Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society : www.tvaes.org.uk
    c/o Francesca Jones, Publicity, fhjones_tvaes@yahoo.co.uk

    Dear Eton Wick Local History Group

    Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society
    I am writing on behalf of the Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society, which covers the three counties of Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire although meetings take place in Reading.
    I would be very grateful if you could bring this Society to the attention of your members, some of whom may be interested in attending various of the lectures about Ancient Egypt, but may be unaware that the Society exists.

    I would also like to offer your Society the possibility of a lecture on Ancient Egypt; we have a team of lecturers on the Committee who would be more than happy to visit your Society to talk to members on a requested topic.
    Regards, Francesca Jones (TVAES Committee)

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  3. I notice your treasurer is P Hodgson. I wonder if this is Paul, who was one of my classmates at Eton Wick School.
    On another subject, I attended Slough Grammar School until 1970, and they have a web site, the Old Paludians, that includes some pictures and names of the whole school. Do you have anything similar for Eton Wick School?

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  4. The Elizabethan Star Chamber Project, hosted by AALT at the University of Houston, is putting county names on cases in TNA STAC 5 (Records of the Court of Star Chamber in the reign of Elizabeth). 

    There are now sufficient cases identified to make the web site interesting to local historians, and I would be grateful if you would inform your membership of our existence. Secretary hand is not for everybody, but the documents are all in English. Most of the cases are completely unknown to historians, and this is because of their chaotic storage at TNA (cases may have up to twenty different references) and the previous inadequacy of finding aids. All the cases are social history of one locality or another. 

    Regards
    Helen Good mail@helengood.com
    http://www.uh.edu/waalt/index.php/Elizabethan_Star_Chamber_Project

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  5. Thames Valley ancient Egypt Society (TVAES) was founded in 1994 to meet the increasing local demands of a growing interest in Ancient Egypt. The aims of the Society are to promote the study and public dissemination of the culture, religion, art, language, life and death in ancient Egypt.

    As part of this remit the TVAES committee members are offering to present one off lectures on various aspects of Ancient Egypt to all the Historical Society groups in the Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire area.

    If you would be interested in making one of our lectures part of your ongoing programme for either this year or next year please contact me, Anne Roberts, on amroberts2006@gmail.com or telephone 07840716262.

    Regards Anne Roberts TVAES Committee Member

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  6. OK so not sure if I got this right first time over a week ago. I noticed a 2010 comment post that someone was looking for information on Samuel Dyas who died in Eton Wick in 1912. I believe the person looking for info is called George Tarrant. My email address is garethevansirl@yahoo.co.uk Thanks - if you would be kind enough to confirm receipt is appreciated.

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  7. 25-10-2017 So happy to have found this site. As a lad l helped my late father on his Drycleaning round (John Wallis Drycleaners) knocking on doors from Eton High Street, Eton Wick, Dorney, Dorney Reach, Datchet, Old Windsor, Windsor, Dedworth through to Fifield.
    I have very fond memories of those times, for Eton Wick, Dorney & Dorney Reach it was Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays; Datchet, Old Windsor was Monday’s, Wednesdays & Fridays that he would visit and I’d meet him after school to help him.
    I have seen several names here that have triggered memories.
    My dad found my Late Uncle Phil & Aunty Con (Perring) their house 43 Victoria Road back in the early 1970s from one of his customers.
    I always found Eton Wick a very friendly community back in the 1960s in 1970s and look forward to reading.
    Would love to hear from anyone remembering Ceddy (Dick) Dixon of John Wallis Drycleaners or me his son Michael though many knew me as Ken, the family name. I do remember Mark Tarrant who was a mechanic who also worked near my parents home in Dedworth Green from the 1960s l think he also worked for Motorola in Winkfield with electricals on cars.
    Michael Dixon

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    1. I am researching my family tree and have found i had relatives living at 16 lodgefield cottages in 1939.
      William bellis (?)
      Thomas bellis
      Alice bellis
      Kenneth massingham (school boy)
      If anyone has any memories or recognises the names id love to hear from you
      TIA

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  8. Christine Stannett, My Brother has done a lot of work with family tree. My Grandfather was Percival Stannet from Eaton Wick born about 1890

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  9. I notice that my letter in the guestbook refers to me as Chris Cowley, where it should be Chris Cowland. Probably a Spellcheck correction!

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    1. Thank you for pointing this out Chris, the error has now been corrected.

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  10. COronation Tea Party 1953.
    The lady with the kettle is Mrs Pass.

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  11. I attended Elton Wick school in 1957. We lived in Boveney and I remember walking to school with the Batiste children from the Lock House. We would often hear the school bell ringing as we crossed the fields. I remember sports day and winning a yellow bucket for the egg and spoon race. I clearly remember walking down the road to the hall for lunch. We moved away from the area over the summer holidays. My sister and I have returned to Boveney a number of times and attended an event at Dorney Lake. Esther Fletcher (then Sherry)

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  12. Hi

    A small correction to the article on Lance Sergeant Caesar. He is not buried in a double grave. The site is called Guards Grave because it is exactly that - a collective grave, as confirmed in the CWGC document included in the article. All those buried are named on headstones around the collective grave but they do not mark the point of burial. The CWGC records could be a little clearer on this point which is understandably the subject of some confusion.

    Denis Ayers

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    1. Thank you Denis for contacting the Eton Wick History Group. The caption regarding the double grave has now been removed.

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  13. Hello,

    I am currently looking into the history of my grandfather. I know he was put into a children's home in the mid 1920s somewhere in the Windsor/Ascot area.

    I have managed to find him on the 1939 census (he'd be around 22) and his address is listed as 2 Prospect Place, Windsor.

    He appears to be living with 4 other people who seem to be unrelated.

    I was wondering if you thought this would be a place that children who left a home would be placed.

    Would you have any idea on what childrens homes were around this area in the 1920/30s.

    Thank you,

    Helen

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    1. I also have a relative listed as living with a family with unknown connections and i wondered the same thing although i dont think my relative was in a state of care although he was a school boy at the time.

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  14. I am researching the Sedding family and connections to Eton.My great great grandfather Edmund (b 1836) and his brother John Dando(b.1838) lived in Eton High street and attended the Eton Porny school where their father, Richard Sedding was schoolmaster. I am trying to find out where they went to secondary school after the Eton Porny school as it is(was?) a primary school.

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    1. Hello, thank you for contacting the History Group about your family's connection with Eton Porny School. We will publish an extract from 'Old days of Eton Parish' by the Rev. John Shephard that gives explains how the school came into being. This page will give you information as to how education developed in the UK, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_education_in_England

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  15. Dear Sir

    I wonder if you are looking for speakers for your history group?

    I have recently moved into Eton Wick having stood down as editor of 'Britain at War' magazine in September of this year. The magazine is Britain's best selling military history monthly.


    I am still involved full-time in military history research and writing and have authored over 20 x books mostly on aviation subjects. I also work regularly on TV and film projects (on screen and off) - one of most recent being the BBC's 'RAF 100' documentary with Euan and Colin McGregor. I am also about to move on to editor another military history magazine.


    I regularly give talks to history groups as well as more formal after-dinner talks for RAF mess nights etc, or for the Imperial War Museum etc.


    If you think I might be a useful speaker, please let me know.


    What are your speaker's fees if you wanted to take up my offer, by the way?


    Yours sincerely,

    Andy Saunders (1940history@gmail.com)

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  16. Dear Eton Wick Historians

    A recently published book, William Simmonds: The Silent Heart of the Arts and Crafts Movement, Jessica Douglas-Home, Unicorn, 2018, £25, you may not have heard about. The book is a biography of William Simmonds, a ‘son’ of Eton Wick who became an artist, and then particularly a wood-carver, a maker of puppets and a puppeteer. As an adult he lived in London and in Oakridge in the Cotswolds.

    His father, John Simmonds, was a builder who lived in a pub in Eton Wick, the Grapes Beer House, apparently originally kept by his father. John was working for Windsor Castle’s Office of Works when, in 1872, he was asked by the Castle’s architect to go to Istanbul to help rebuild the British Embassy, which had burned down. In 1873 he was joined by his fiancĂ©e, Martha Walker. They married, and in 1876 William Simmonds was born. Also in 1876 the family returned to Britain. William first worked in Edinburgh, then in 1881 returned to Eton Wick, apparently to the same pub.

    In 1886 they moved to Eton High Street. About 1890 William became apprenticed to his father, who hoped he would join him in the building trade. William worked for his father, but was particularly interested in drawing and painting, and took evening classes at the Windsor and Eton Royal Albert Institute. In 1893 his father agreed that he could leave his apprenticeship and join the National Art Training School in South Kensington. John Simmonds died in 1912, William in 1968.

    William Simmonds, though born in Istanbul, could be said to have been domiciled in Eton Wick in his earliest years, then in Eton.

    I was interested in the Eton Wick connection because my mother’s family lived there for many years. My grandparents, Thomas and Mary Wing, lived at 49 Victoria Road from about 1919 to 1946. I often stayed with them as a child. My youngest aunt, Joan Ballhatchet, was in Eton Wick from about 1919 to 2017, apart from a few years in the 1940s. I may have met some of you at her funeral.

    [the Simmonds family may have had two pubs, the Grapes Beer House and the Horse Shoes, or they may be the same pub. I found them in your excellent transcript of various censuses, but I was not certain about it]

    Please feel free to put this on your website and/or in your blog, as you wish.
    Robin Cave
    robin.cave@str.org.uk
    01865 247786

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  17. Hello, the Eton Community Association is being welcomed to an evening at Eton School Library for a talk on the Fisher Brothers, two old Etonians who were RAF pilots in World War Two. Basil was killed and is buried in Eton Wick. Their story is fascinating.
    The event will be held on Thursday 14 March at 7 pm. Please contact me if you are interested. katiebroady110@btinternetcom

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