The Terrace c1955, Wokingham
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Pt. Puaka Whitau 16/188, Died:10th October1915
My grandfather's, brother was in the New Zealand Maori Contingent (Company A), an ex-Gallipoli Veteran, he died of sickness and is buried at St Sebastions Church, Plot 1, B3430 Nine Mile Road. Yesterday, here in New Zealand, was ANZAC day. I was inspired to find Puaka's grave and tomb stone because I have located his other brother in France and have a picture. Fortunately for us, our grandfather "returned home to Moeraki" from Gallipoli. Thank you, for looking after a treasured family member who made the ultimate sacrifice for us all. Nga Mihi Aroha kia koutou
Martins Swimming Pool.
I remember Martins swimmimg pool well, in Milton Road, Wokingham, just up from the Baptist Sunday school I went to. They had caves that the girls and boys changed in when they went with the school for swimming lessons,the cup of Bovril in the cafe and oxo flavoured crisps. The trolley buses didn't go as far as Wokingham, it would have been a ordinary double or single decker bus.
That Old Shoe Shop
The old shoe shop was called "Caiger's Boot Store" and was run by my two elderly great aunts, Ruth & Kizz (Kezia) untill 1969. Their father, Frederick Caiger who married the previous owner's daughter, owned and ran the shop before them from around 1870. I can remember in the mid 1960s visiting my Great Aunts every Saturday morning with my parents, even the shoes seemed old fashioned but my cousins and I all had to have shoes from the shop for school. There was a backroom behind the shop of which Hinge & Bracket would have been proud and& what seemed to me at 6 or 7 years old to be a long dark passage leading to a scullery and kitchen where I had to pass a large old larder cupboard with the holes in the top half of the door in order to get to the loo, this was always an ordeal as I was convinced this larder was a Dalek! Out the back there was a fairly large yard with... Read more
Summer Trips to Martin"s
My sister Pauline and I used to come here with our mother, and sometimes father, on hot summer days, around 1948 to 1952 (age 6 to 10). We commuted three stops from Reading South in electric trains. I basically learned the transition from swimming a width under water to the same on the surface. Great bonding with my father since my mother was not a swimmer. We used to picnic though I believe there was some food available (lemonade? ice cream?). The changing rooms were the usual slightly slimy floor dark damp places. There was a smaller, shallow "kiddie pool" beyond the other end of this photo. We were told the pool had been a private club before WW2 for the use of actors and performers who lived in this area west of London. We therefore felt, at this young age , that the place was rather glamorous. As the sun went down, we would trudge back to the station to wait for the next train home.
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I first went to the California Speedway, based at the Longmoor track, within the grounds of the California-in-England Country Park, in 1954, and went regularly, until the speedway track was closed in 1957. Speedway first started there in the 1930s. Does anybody have any old photos, programmes or other ephemera/souvenirs connected with the California riders or team, known as the 'Poppies'?
California holiday Park
I can remember going sancing in the park. I was stationed at Bailiol Camp, Arborfield and we used to go there in a 3 ton army lorry. I can't remember how often we used to go there, after all it was 60 + years ago. I went back to Arborfield Camp a couple of years ago with the REME assn. for a couple of days' stay but that is the only time I have been back.
A Hazy Glimpse of Times Gone Past
Where the houses come out, by the bus was a shoe shop owned by two sisters, a really old fashioned one that looked like time stood still when you went in, coming back the other way, if you walked along, was the blacksmith, this was Dick Francis, the author's father, then across the road (the one leading to the cinema) coming back further, were houses that overhung the road, Elizabethan type, then a little lane and two houses, my gran & grandad Emma and John Asker lived in the first one, then the alms houses on the corner, where they ended their days, this was the corner of London Road, across one way, All Saints Church where they were laid to rest, and the other The Ship Ashore, grandad's local.
This site brings back so many memories, I could write a book.
Home Farm Bearwood
It was the year President Kennedy was assassinated. My two sisters and I lived with my Grandparents, Bob and Katie Myram at Home Farm, Bearwood. My mum was ill in the U.S. and we stayed for the year with my grandparents. We attended Bearwood County Primary School and Mr. Sparrow was my beloved teacher! I have such happy, wonderful memories of that year, the Beatles, my friend, Marian Allen and a wonderful toy shop that I cant remember the name. My fondest memories are of that year. If anyone has anything to add to this, please do!!!! I'd love to hear from you!!!!
Krystyne Lewis (nee Christine Schupp)
At the time this photograph was taken the building in the background on the right housed the Grosvenor School. At some stage it became a surgery for a local doctor but I don't know when? By the 1950s it had grown to a surgery with several doctors, including a Dr Merrick.
California in England
This holiday camp was known as California in England and was owned by the Cartledge family. Mr Cartledge ran the holiday camp and Mrs Cartledge ran the Red Puppet cafe in Wokingham's Peach Street for some time, where a group of boys from the Forest school and girls from the Holt would meet for coffee on the way home from school.
Hot Summer Days
The group of three boys on their bicyles reminds me of hot summer days riding back from the Forest school to my home in Wokingham. We would often stop here - outside the hardware shop (Husseys?) and have a last chat before going our separate ways - clearly there was not much traffic about! In fact I could well be the boy on the left but if so I cannot recognise the other two.
At this time Wokingham had a Boots chemist - just on the right, which also had a lending libray run by Boots on the first floor and a second chemist called Tomothy Whites and Taylors the other side of the market place - the shop with the white fascia strip behind the group of boys.
Nine Mile Ride
We were the Clarks who lived at 'Cotswold' Nine Mile Ride, out of Wokingham. I would sit on our front gate with pencil and paper taking number plates of cars going past to California. My mother rode her bicycle to work in Wokingham, sometimes in icy tracks left by the bus which I caught to school. My friends were the Higgins children and the Mephans. I went to Westcott Rd school. I remember one teacher, Mrs Armstrong, and a friend Margaret Kirkpatrick, who lived near the railway bridge. There was a lake, Queensmere/Kingsmere(?) at the end of Nine Mile Ride near the bus stop and when it iced over we would have lots of fun. A friend and I nearly drowned after making a raft one summer. Opposite our house were woods, a great place to play. When sweet rationing ended, my first thrill was to buy a mars bar in a shop at the town hall end of the main street. I have loved them ever since! I have... Read more
California in England Holiday Camp
I have fond memories of holidays at California in England from the early sixties. I spend my holidays there with my parents over four years from 1963 to 1966. It was a great holiday and as a young boy there was a lot to do. The glass floored ballroom was amazing ,made, it is rumoured, from glass that came from the old Crystal Palace in London. There was swimming in the lake, boating, fishing, games and competitions. It was a bit like Hi-de-Hi really but more organised. I have set up a website as part of a social history project about the California in England holiday camp at www.californiainengland.com . Please visit the site and let me have your feedback. Sadly the main building was destroyed by fire in 1976 and nothing of the original camp remains. However, it is still a holiday resort as California Country Park so the name lives on. Through the website you can contact me with any memories and I will be glad to include them. It is... Read more
Growth of Wokingham
When my parents moved to Wokingham in 1950 I understand that it had a polulation of 5,000 and my memories are of a sleepy market town. I gather the poulation is now about 60,000 and it certainly shows when I return - it seems very built up and very busy. We lived in Easthampstead Road and I see that this road now has many more houses, with infilling and houses built in back gardens etc. but it is still very recognisable.