Henry Byrne

At the time of the Chesham Peace Celebrations on 5th August 1919, Henry Byrne was a pillar of the local community. This is his story.

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Bernard Hughes evacuee

Bernard lived in London until the outbreak of World War 2 and his move to live with his uncle in Chesham.

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Mrs Checkley

Mrs Checkley recalls her life growing up in Chesham.

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William and Edgar Shillaker

Read the story of the Shillaker brothers, pioneers in tthe handbag trade who moved their business to Chesham, where they opened a small factory in Alma Road.

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Kath Geary

I was born in a council house in Latimer Road, the home of my grandmother and grandfather. My father’s parents, he too was born in Chesham. My mother came from Pontypridd in South Wales. She was in service in Amersham when she met my father.

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Kath Dolling

Kath Dolling (nee Smith) She had lived as a shy, only child, with her partially-sighted Mum and elderly dad, a retired merchant seaman and widower. Kath was born when her […]

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Reggie Gray

Reggie was born to Reginald Joseph Gray and Gladys Rhoda, the daughter of labourer Jim Wright. Reginald’s family were Orkney Islanders originally, leaving for Gravesend in Kent where they went their separate ways.

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Iris Lloyd

Iris Lloyd – nee Cannings – tells her story of evacuation from London to Chesham during the war.

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Hilda Flello

Hilda Flello celebrated one hundred years in Chesham

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Shops in Chesham in the 1940s and 1950s

Bill Howard, great-nephew of the Howard Brothers, who founded the Woodware firm.

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The Broad family in brush making

W.L.Broad, “Lawson”, followed his father into the Brush Trade. Alfred Carter Broad, “AC”, born 1851 in Diss, Norfolk, apprenticed into brushmaking, in London. After meeting and marring in 1876, Martha, […]

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Cooper at Chesham & Brackley Brewery in the 1950s

Barry Wilkins story about working as a cooper in the premises opposite the Brewery on White Hill, behind Priest’s Garage.

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