Memories of Berkhamsted
My story is similar to that of Yvonne Parker. When I got married in 1974 we bought our first house in Victoria Road and raised our three children there. They all attended a playgroup in the Baptist Church on the other side of the High Street and moved on to Victoria School, one of them eventually moving up to Bridgewater Middle School. By this time we had moved to the other end of the town before leaving to make our home in Norfolk in 1986. I had been brought up in Edgware in the former county of Middlesex, and my parents had both come from Fulham, so it was a total shock to me when I recently started researching my family history to find a strong connection with Berkhamsted on my mother's side. Her ...Read full memory
Hi, I was christened here at St Peter's Church and lived in Berkhamsted for 21 years.
I recently started to research my family tree. I myself have been living in Northchurch for 19 years. I was very suprised to find that my grandfather was born in Cheddington and raised there, as were his siblings, parents and family going way back. Imagine my suprise when I found that one of my great uncles was living on Northchurch High Dtreet in the 1911 census. I yet need to find out who he was working for as a chauffeur domestic. I do know that he shared a home with a Bertie Pratt. What a very small world.
When, after my marriage, I went to live in Berkhamsted in late 1970 I had no idea that I was to find out that my Grandmother, Dorothy Flowers had been born here at Ashridge House. Her father was coachman to Lord Brownlow, who at that time owned Ashridge, Belton House in Lincolnshire and a London home in Carlton House Terrace (now the home of the Royal Society). Dorothy's father travelled with his lordship between his homes and spent many years in Hertfordshire where he met and married my Great Grandmother, Charlotte Blunt. Charlotte's family lived in and around Berkhamsted for many years and it is only lately that I have begun to try and sort out their lives. They do say that it's a small world, don't they?