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Absolute pleasure. This is what the archive is for – so that we can share these bits of our local history.
I would like to thank you for making this accessible. It is a joyful read!
Fred Archer in navy jacket standing on right.
Possibly Mrs Archer, 1st lady on the left with back to camera.
Gwen Lambourn in the blue dress. Possibly Fred Archer behind.
Nelson Lambourn in sleeveless jumper, 4th from right.
Fred Archer standing on right hand side
Mike Cook on far left
Mike Cook on far right sat next to Harold Wood
Margaret Archer is on far left
Does anyone else remember Mr. and Mrs Shires running the Post Office from their garage in the 60’s. If you went up through the village and turned right just before Exeter House they were on the left about 100 yds down.
Back row, 5th from left, Clara Cronin (née Morland), purple top.
Back row, John Carpenter, 4th from left, grey jumper
Mark Fripp…Middle row 5th from right ( brown jumper)
Thank you so much for this page. He is my 5th great grandfather.
Many thanks for your comment Stephanie. john wrote us the article about his memories of Ropley a couple of years ago, this was the first opportunity to use it on our front page. Glad you enjoyed it. Best wishes RHN&A Steering Group
My mother was Julia , daughter of Arthur and Maureen . I have fond memories of Guys Cottages too , this blog made me smile so thank you.
Brian – as explained today unfortunately we don’t yet have a photo of the Charlwood chapel
anyone got a picture of Charwood chapel demolished in 60’s or 70’s?
The name Swan Hill is a purely 1900s occurence of ‘folk etymology’ ie a name given by locals in stead of the older name as the older name might bear no meaning. Swelling Hill is first recorded in 1403 as ‘sweolyng’ and is an ancient name from the Old English ‘swelgend’ meaning abyss or deep pit. This either referred to the pond, which may have been deeper in previous centuries but refers more likely to the deep sides of Swelling Hill Lane as it runs west downhill.
Hi Helen, If you have any other information or photographs about them, it would be nice to compile an article around their life for our monthly posts. Or just to add to Eileen’s project recording gravestones. Anything that can be added to the archive will be greatly received. Best regards, Caroline
William and Charlotte are my great grandparents. The Cox family lived in South Street from the late 1800’s. The next Cox gravestone in your list is my grandparents Alec and Mary. Alec is the son of William and Charlotte.
Thanks Annie. We’d love to see your deeds and take a copy of them. Sounds like they would help us build further on the information we have on the old centre of the village. We are now running our Thursday afternoon workshops every 2 weeks, the next on is 2 – 4pm on Thursday 2nd Feb then every 2 weeks in the back room at the Parish Hall. Maybe you could pop in on one of these ? Thanks Carole
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