Guestbook Comments 2004

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December 28th, 2004

John Huse

Lived in Wick 1946 to 1961

I lived on army camp on Dorney common. 1947 the flood came and we had to get out.

6 Common Road was my address till 1956 when we went up the posh end of the village.73 Eton Wick Road was my address till 1961 when we moved to Maidenhead. Now live in north oxfordshire.

December 21st, 2004

Eton Wick History Group

Season's Greetings

Seasonal Greetings and a Happy New Year from Eton Wick History Group Committee.

Our first meeting for the New Year is on January 12th at 7.30pm in the Eton Wick Village Hall. Mr Matthew Saunders will speak on the 'Friends of Friendless Churches' with special reference to Boveney Church.

All are Welcome.

December 10th, 2004

Sue Woodham (nee Dempsey)

Eton and Eton Wick Memories

Hi to everyone I'm Trish Payne's (nee Paice) long lost cousin - we met again recently after 35 years. Our Paice family ancestors started to arrive in Eton Wick around 1840 and lived in the area near to The Pickwick and Greyhound Pubs.

Starting off at St. Leonard's Place My grandfather Arthur (known as Jack or Puny) was born here in 1888 and moved down to Cotton Hall Cottages, Eton Wick Road - behind the Willow Tree Pub on the death of his grandfather Charles. Great grandfather George took over the stonemason's business, as well as being sexton at the cemetery opposite.

I was born here in 1948 and the family moved to Haywards Mead in 1962. My mother was Kathleen Paice, siblings Charles (Trish's father), Elsie and Aubrey - usually known as Gerry.

The photo of the Slads under water brought back many childhood memories as we seem to have had the flood water lapping around the house most winters - due I think to the well in the garden which was fed by the Thames. First sign of the Thames flooding grand dad moved the chickens nests up onto concrete blocks.

A school memory is waiting every morning for the coach to go to Raggy Road school - we froze in the winter waiting for this to turn up. Then there were the youth club dances - most friends from school started to come over to these - one friend would run up a new shift dress after school to wear that night.

My son Gary Woodham went to Eton Wick school in the 70's along with numerous friends from the playgroup.

I moved out of the village in 1986 and settled in Langley - but have some great memories of my early life in Eton and Eton Wick -falling off the cattle pound wall into the stinging nettles, fishingin the stream on the common - trying to dry out socks before going home, out in the summer haymaking.

Would love to hear from anyone who has any memories of my family as I'm putting together the family tree - back to Swallowfield in 1769 so far.

December 8th, 2004

Tricia Payne (nee Paice)

Fond Memories

I was born and bred in Alma Road Eton Wick in the early 50's. Thanks to meeting up again with a long lost cousin also from the village I have been able to re-live my Childhood through the history book. What a super book.

I left the Village when I married in 1976. We then lived in Langley, then Taplow. 16 years ago we moved to Shropshire. I still have fond memories of Village life. Being in Fancy dress for the Wicko Carnivals, Fishing for tiddlers in the brook (Common road down to The Walk) and being chased down the road by a pig from Bell Farm.

My final activity in the The Wick was my Marriage at the Methodist Chapel (which I lived next door to) and our Wedding Reception at the Village Hall.

November 25th, 2004

Peter Stannett

Tracing family ties

Have just started to see if I can track down my family history. I note with interest "Hammer" Stannett in one of the photo's. My Father said the family came from Stoke Poges / Eton way. My Father was Frank Stannett son of Harold William Stannett - they came from Merton.

October 22nd, 2004

Steven Denham


Well done, another interesting and informative piece of Eton Wick history.

The Wick is lucky to retain the pubs it has, as the village of Pulborough in West Sussex has in recent years lost 3 to residential development.

Steven Denham

now living in West Chiltington
West Sussex

October 8th, 2004

Joyce Purvis

Eton War Memorial

What a good site!  I have been researching my family history and have found that my grandmother was born in Eton wick as was many other family members.

Please does anyone know if Eton has a 1st World War Memorial, and if it is possible to obtain a list of names thereon?

October 4th, 2004

John Denham, EWHG Committee

Village Memories

Thanks to those who have added their memories. The committee would like more of your childhood memories of growing up in the village, schooling, sporting activities and remembered events.

Contact Me or send to our web site e-mail address.

John Denham,  Group Archivist.

October 2nd , 2004

Tina McEvoy (Walsh)

this is great

this is great to see i grew up in the wick as did my mother we used to live in Stockdales Road and I remember the place so well. netting for minnows in the stream, hiding in the willow trees, and 'digging people out of the common' well not people but there cars when it had snowed hard and they couldn't see the road too good...good little earner there!!!! Frank Bond and my grandad being 'chums' and getting crackling from the chippy on a Friday evening while mum played bingo in the club, Memorys, all happy ones. well keep up the good work on this.

all the best to all who know the Jordan and Walsh family of Stockdales Road

September 15th , 2004

Amanda Ross

Well done

Well done to all the members of the History Group for their hard work in putting Eton Wick on the map.  I grew up in Eton Wick and my mum and nan used to tell us stories of the "good old days" in Eton Wick. When I look at the old photos it's hard to try and place them with the village today.

Keep up the good work!

June 20th , 2004

Steven Denham

Personal History in Eton Wick

I would like to thank the Eton Wick History Group for allowing me the oportunity to put my memories of growing up in the village on their site. Does any one have any photos of shinty as I do not have any?

Also does any one else have any memories from other decades that they would like to share with the Eton Wick's current and former residents? I for one would like to see them to get a feel for how thing are different depending on when one is born.

February 16th , 2004

Clive Brades

Sir Fabian Ware

Can anybody confirm that this man, who headed the Imperial War Graves Commission, lived in Eton Wick.  I know I read it somewhere, but I cannot remember the source.  I live in Dorney Reach.

(Editor's note: if you know the answer, please email and I will pass the message on to Mr Brades)

February 1st , 2004

Amanda Filkins (nee Denham)

Eton Wick on the web

I am pleased to see that The Wick has a web site. Congratulations to all concerned. You have all worked very hard on it. Our family moved here in 1960 and we all return regularly. I know that the Eton Wick History Group would be interested in any photos of buildings or groups e.g. Brownies, Scouts, School from more recent years - 1950's & 60's up to the present day.

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