• Cooper at Chesham & Brackley Brewery in the 1950s

    a biography of Barry Wilkins

    Barry grew up in Penn Street, where his father, John Henry Wilkins, was an upholsterer. In 1952, at the age of 15, he was ready to leave Holmer Green School. […]

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  • Boyhood in Chesham and Howard Brothers woodware factory

    a biography of Joe Baker, born 1933.

    Joe was brought up in George Street and attended Newtown Infants School, then White Hill Junior Boys, lastly Germain Street. While at Germain Street he remembers collecting rosehips. These were […]

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  • Edith ‘Edie’ Hailey (née Bates)

    Edie Hailey

    Edie was born in Berkhampstead Road. She moved into the house next door when she married and still lives there to this day. She went to work at Shillakers handbag […]

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  • The Broad family in brush making

    a biography of Alex Broad

    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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  • The factory

    Kathleen Flory

    Father (Albert Ewart Webb) was a partner in the long-established brush factory with his cousin Harry (Henry George). Senior partner was Harry’s father George. George, and Albert’s father William, were […]

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