The River Stour And Canford Bridge c1955, Wimborne
Memories of The River Stour And Canford Bridge c1955, Wimborne
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In 1938 my mother walked this street with me and my brothers and sisters every week, to and from Cowgrove to visit my Grandmother, who lived in a row of cottages around the corner (coming from the Minster) which I believe was Poole Road. If my memory serves me, there were cottages running at right angles to the road, with a path between the cottages and the toilet, which consisted of a door, wooden walls, a plank, and bucket. The gardens behind the toilets were full of flowers and veg, the likes of which it's hard to find today. I wonder why? I have searched for photos and mentions of the old Iron bridge over the river at Cowgrove, as I lived in an old thatched cottage, which has long since disappeared. In the corner overgrown patch opposite was the car park of the Wooden bridge. My days were spent fishing and playing with my brothers along the river bank, and on the old bridge. I started school... Read more
As a child growing up in Bath, I remember walking across this bridge with my parents and being taken into the shop to meet my uncle Harry Langer who made us very welcome. I remember the smell of leather and the interesting goods for sale. His son Brian Langer, now living in Basingstoke, still keeps in touch with my 93 year old mother and we exchange Christmas cards.
I Know This Spot so Well !
I know this spot so well as almost every year for the last thirty years it has been a popular street corner to stage music and dance events at the annual Wimborne Folk Festival. You need to imagine that the deserted street corner you see in this picture postcard view, is full of Morris Dancers and their musicians with crowds standing all around and even sitting on the stone wall in the foreground, next to the Minster Green. Church House itself is opened to provide refreshments for the thousands of festival goers each June. The Wimborne Folk Festival is probably the most popular festival in England attended by Morris Dancers, and we all make sure we keep the second weekend in June free every year for it! It is a full weekend of music and dance that fills the town and each church has a part to play in providing refreshments, a space to perform and for this tired Morris musician, a haven of tranquility for a few moments between... Read more
Apart from lack of traffic, this picture of the Square doesn't show too many changes from when I remember it. I left Wimborne Grammar School in 1951 and became a trainee reporter with the Wimborne News in Mill Lane, just outside this photo to the right. My dad was a waiter at the Kings Head Hotel in the square.
Looking at this photo it is amazing to remember that double-decker buses used to travel along here. I would travel in one from my home at Ferndown while attending Wimborne Grammar School (1945-51) and it always had trouble turning right at the point seen here in the centre of the picture and often scraped the brickwork.
Crown Hotel Wimborne
Ingram Richards was my grandfather. My father (John) was the only child of Ingram to emigrate (in 1927) to Australia. Dad died in 1978. I am a former Australian regular army officer and visited Wimborne on a couple of occasions in the 1970s while on exchange in Germany with the British Army and later when on a secondment to the School of Signals in nearby Blandford. The Richards family lived in 'Lewens' in Lewens Lane. The house was sold after Ingram's death in the late 1920s and I note that at October 2009 it is for sale at 1.25 million pounds. Ah! what might have been...
Hobbs, Haywards And Quarterjack Toys
My parents bought the shop and house in the foreground in 1980. You could just see a 'Hobbs' sign painted on the front of the building and Mr L E Hayward had a toy and pram shop there which he had run since just after the war, I think. You can still see his shop in the model town in Wimborne. When my parents took over the toyshop they called it Quarterjack Toys and the sign my dad painted is still outside the building.
Under the floorboards in the shop you used to be able to see the foundations of the building that had stood on the site before this building, which was built in 1720 - so probably a medieval cottage. The well-worn front step of the cottage and the base of a fireplace were visible and was still sooty! It's all still under there somewhere!
I loved growing up above the shop in Wimborne. I have a photograph of me somewhere at about the age of... Read more
Whitethorn Morris at Wimborne Folk Festival - 2008
I enjoyed this 2008 Wimborne Folk Festival and consider it one of the best of the many I have performed at with Whitethorn Morris over the last 20 plus years. The Saturday procession was packed with spectators enjoying both the performers and the glorious weather - there must have been hundreds watching from the Minster Green alone!
The Festival camp site at the QE School was well looked after by the security team and the town centre streets were packed with the usual Sunday stalls run by Dorset organisations, huge crowds and around forty morris teams from miles around. There was even a Festival church service on the Minster Green shown here in this view (although the railings along the top of the stone wall have long gone!).
My own morris team - Whitethorn Morris - were well looked after by the lovely people in Wimborne Methodist Church who opened up their buildings to provide refreshments over the entire weekend. Altogether it was a... Read more
Morris Dancing at Wimborne Folk Festival in 2007
Wimborne Folk Festival takes place every year in June - it is a glorious mixture of dancing, music and dressing up with visitors from all over England bringing their entertainment to the streets, squares and pubs of this pretty town. The festival attracts morris dancers and musicians who are delighted to perform in front of the huge crowds thronging the High Street and The Square in particular.
In almost every year since the mid 1980's the dancers from Whitethorn Morris join in the Folk Festival together with the Whitethorn Band of accordians, melodeons, fiddles and drums. Its a colourful display of red white and blue with lively music and always draws a crowd of onlookers all day long at the various venues. Fortunately many of the dance venues arranged by Brian Bisp and his Festival organizers are in front of the pubs in the High Street so refreshments are available! This year our first "spot" was in "The Square" and the photograph shown here from 1965 is... Read more
The lady standing on the bridge is my great grandmother Hannah Elton nee Churchill and the small boy her grandson, Cecil Henry Stickland, my uncle. He became the verger at Christchurch Priory. Hannah lived with her husband Henry, a carpenter, in the cottage to the left of the photograph just out of shot. Hannah was the local midwife and at the time the photograph was taken her daughter Louisa Eliza had returned to her parents home for the birth of my mother, Ivy Emma Stickland.