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Does the Ellis family of Meldreth have any connections with the Ellis families of Hinxton?
I am the great great grand daughter of Alfred Augustus Paul Jenkins Wing. His son Harry Wing was my great grandfather. Thank you so much for keeping all of this precious information on your site.
The Green Man was originally a guildhall and was built in the 1490s.
Yes we all skinny dipped in those days to learn to swim; it worked well.
Lots of memories of being in the Rhythm Rascals
What a trip down memory lane! I lived in Meldreth in the fall of 1968 and attended the local school. I was 8 – 9 years old, but “Sir” moved me up to the oldest kids’ class, where he was the teacher. What a change for a child from small town USA. I remember learning to write with a fountain pen. I remember struggling with math word problems when they involved currency. I remember wanting to play the accordion, but we had to return to the USA. The group meals at lunch and looking forward to my turn to serve the pudding. When we left Meldreth in December of 1968, I left with fond memories and the hint of a British accent.
This is so interesting and gives a good insight into life in Meldreth all those years ago. Really enjoyed reading
I am researching the Hale family tree during lockdown(s) with my brother and sister. Our grandfather was Lance(lot) Hale, youngest son of John Preston Hale and Mary Ellis Woodcock. I am in contact with Carl who has contributed to this page, and would like to get into contact with Eddy Hale who lives in Wisconsin. I sent Eddy an email but think this may have changed
My family lived in Applecote on the High Street from September 1957 until March 1958 (when my father had a visiting position at Cavendish Labs and was a fellow at King’s College). During this period, the house was being rethatched by a couple of fellows – slow work. I remember being woken in the morning by birds that had burrowed into the thatching. Magical memories during my tenth year.
In one of your pictures from the Atlas Stone Co. Featuring Bill (Popeye) Stanford, he is shown standing on the operating platform of No.5 Machine during its commissioning in the early 60s. This machine was designed to produce Profile 3″ sheets and was the widest machine in operation as it produced double width sheets. I was his M/C. Assistant at that time (spare man). He was a pleasure to work with and taught me much.
A sister of Samuel Woods – the publican of the Bell in the 1860s – married into the Wing family. My grandmother was a member of the Woods family – her grandfather was a brother of Samuel.
I knew the Spiller family. Jim Spiller worked at the Atlas as a maintenance fitter; there were two children Ken and Pam. Ken married and lived in Bognor; he died approx 10 years ago. Pam lives in Louisiana USA and I’m still in touch with her. After they left The Sailors Return they lived in Whaddon.
There may be some confusion, as there have been two village shops known as Warren’s. The one mentioned on this page was in Whitecroft Road. The shop that is now One Stop, in the High Street, was known as Warren’s Bakehouse in the early 1900s. From 1955 to 1965 it was run by Mr & Mrs Salisbury. See this page on our website for further details: https://www.meldrethhistory.org.uk/the-village/streets/high_street-3/from_warrens_to_one_stop
The Hutchinsons had the shop after the Bacons I think? I lived opposite the shop with my parents from 1963 until 1981 and loved popping over the road to get my sweets with my pocket money!!
Before the Warrens had the shop was it run by the Salisbury sisters as I have a vague memory of a little shop with a door on the side of the building? We would go there on our way to school to buy sweets. As I recall it was very small inside and must have undergone alterations in the mid 1960s.
David taught me Spanish for my final two years at Richard Hale 1977-1978. He was indeed highly regarded by pupils but I remember him for his sense of humour and constant smile – even when I turned up drunk for my Spanish A level oral exam! I have just moved to Spain and wondered what he would have thought so decided to see if I could get in touch. So sorry to hear of his passing.
I am related to the Moxon family of Meldreth & have traced a lot of the family tree. I am very interested in any direct descendants of the Moxons, also Pepper, Mead & Hinkins. I grew up in Melbourn & never realised that I had so many relatives nearby.
Ernest Hale is my Great Grandfather. His sons George (my Grandfather) and Bernard also worked on the railways.
My great great grandfather is George Eustace Charles Hale (Sutton) and i would like some more information (and hopefully photos!) of his family and the family, I have facebook twitter and instagram if anyone would be kind enough to contact me.
I am currently doing the family tree so all and info will help!
Stephen Schiavo, my husband and I have lived in the cottage since it was restored after the 2010 fire. It is now called Apple Tree Cottage but the apple tree in the front yard had been removed before we came to live in the cottage. It is much more ‘modern’ now than you remember it; the back has been extended to accommodate a modern kitchen and a third bedroom and en suite bathroom upstairs. Please come and visit to see for yourself when you are next in England.
Brian was a fun person to be around. We shared many a laugh concerning the frustrations of dealing with large companies on the telephone such as BT and British Gas! He had many funny stories about his time at Royston Bowls Club, but most of all he loved talking about his early life in Meldreth.It was a privilege to have known Brian.
I can’t help with any information about Daisy’s wedding to Robert Fish but can only say that without them, my grandparents Edward Pepper (Daisy’s brother) and Annie Spiller would never have met! This is what my Aunty Iris wrote about it in her autobiography:
”My parents met in London, each on the rebound after an unhappy love affair. My mother was working as a tea packer and had been in love with a ‘sharp’ young Cockney boy who had fallen in love with someone else and jilted her. She used to go to a mission and assist in voluntary work and she found a friend there in the Minister’s wife. The Minister was a young Scot and they were working at the Mission prior to an assignment to go to New Zealand and become missionaries to the Maori people. The Minister’s wife was my father’s older sister Daisy and he came to London to visit her before she left and to recover from the fact that his girlfriend, a gentle country girl, had married another. My mother and he were attracted, they shared a love of music, an interest in the church and helping others and after two years of correspondence and occasional visiting, my mother left London to start a new life in the country as a farmer’s wife”
My grandmother Annie lived in Southwark so I presume that the Mission mentioned was local to her. I would love to know where it was and more about that in general.
Hi Jo. You don’t have a photo of Edwin do you by any chance?
I am researching my Howard relatives. James Howard was a churchwarden of Meldreth parish in 1680 when he purchased a Register for the Parish. Several generations of Howard farmers lived in Meldreth. Another James Howard (1748-1816) was deacon of the Independent Chapel at Melbourn. Many generations later my great grandfather Henry Howard (1841-1926) chose Meldreth as the name for his house in Coley Avenue, Woking. It retains the name today. My aunt Barbara Howard (1919-2008) emigrated to New Zealand and chose Meldreth as the name for her farm in Fairlie on the Canterbury Plains. My grandfather Sir Henry Howard (1874-1943) was senior bursar of St John’s College Cambridge.
Sadly I do not have any details of where they lived in Meldreth or whether any distant Howard relatives still live there.
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