Nostalgic memories of Withyham's local history

Share your own memories of Withyham and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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Not sure what to write? It's easy - just think of an important place in your life and ask yourself:

  • How does it feature in your personal history?
  • What are your best memories of this place?
  • How has it changed over the years?
  • How does it feel, seeing these places again?
  • Do you remember stories about the community, its history and people?

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We moved to 2 Bower Cotts Balls Green about 1950. My dad was employed by the owner of Duckings, the farm situated opposite the entrance to station road. Nos. 1 and2 Bower Cotts were up on the bank almost opposite the school which was run by Mrs Gabb ( I think). I remember the Queens Coronation celebrations at Kings (...Read full memory)

My memory of Withyham are wonderful. My gandad and gran lived in Balls Green and I would go to stay there in the 50's watching the steam trains from the back bedroom. I remember the water pump in the garden, hops at the end of the road and then the church in the village with the hall with the shows. Many of my family (...Read full memory)

Hello Patrick, I came across your reminiscences while looking for something else - as you do! I remember Tom Chesson and his coaches, was at school with Veronica Chesson, his grand daughter and also my best friend Jill Burgess. My name was Chris Langford, we usually travelled on the Ashdown Motors coach from Forest (...Read full memory)

I grew up at the rectory in Withyham, my father Peter was Rector of Withyham and Blackham from1953 to 1986. I was the eldest of eight children. I have many fond memories of my life in Withyham and also some sad ones. My father's ashes are now lying beside his predessor (Arthur Miles) by The Dell, a small piece of ground (...Read full memory)

I would like to dedicate this memory to my mother and father Charles Richard and Eileen Brackenbury. May they always be rembered for ever, love Lynda and family xxxxx

I was born and bought up in Withyham. I lived at the farm at the top of the common until we moved to a house in Balls Green. When I was five I went to Withyham School. My favourite teacher was Miss Hosker. Mrs Jenner ran the girls' club in the hall behind the Dorset Arms, where we played games on the (...Read full memory)