Fleet, War Memorial 1924

Memories of Fleet


I was born and raised in the Fleet area. My dad (Leonard) had a shop in the High Street, and I used to be friends with Christine who lived at the very top of the High Street, her dad also had a shop. I knew this area well and I remember the milkbar where we went for milkshakes. We used to go to school in Farnborough by steam (...Read full memory)

My mother, Marline Eager, of 125 Clarence Road married my father, John Mcgonagal McKeeman. Marline's sister, Dourthy married John's brother William, the first and only double wedding in Fleet on 12th March 1952. They moved to Scotland for a short time and then returned to Fleet. Years later Woolworths was built (...Read full memory)

I was sorry to see this photo of Fleet Pond labelled incorrectly as The Lake. Lakes are natural features, whereas ponds have normally been created by man. The two ponds which used to exist in Fleet (one was filled in with spoil when the motorway was built nearby) were created by monks as fish ponds for the Bishop of Winchester. The (...Read full memory)

Wow when I saw their was the a photo of the family's famous store, the store that my dad told me was the equivalent to the first large department store like Debenhams I was amazed, I only wish their were more! My great Great Grandfather James Oakley was the owner to the store and lived near by with this his wife and children. On (...Read full memory)

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