• 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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  • My life until I left school – Maurice Payne

    Maurice Payne, born 1913.

    I was born in Blucher Street. At a very early age we moved to 127 Waterside. My family consisted of Mother, Father and my brother, two years older than me. […]

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  • Hilda Flello: one hundred years in Chesham

    Biography of Hilda Flello

    Hilda was born in 1906, the middle child of seven, to Arthur Edward King and Elizabeth Kate (nee Channer). Arthur and Elizabeth had their first 3 children in Church Street […]

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  • Memories of Chesham in the 1930s and 1940s

    John Reeve

    My happiest days that I remember were from 1936 to 1939. I lived at 8 Market Square, where my father had a furniture and general store, later a men’s outfitters. […]

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  • Ethel May (‘Effie’ / ‘Eff’) Collins (nee Aris).

    Effie Collins

    Effie was born 13th August 1917 at 303 Hivings Hill to William Allen Aris & Louisa Jane, nee Foster. Many years later, around the late 1940s, the house was renumbered […]

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  • Growing up in Pednor in the 1940s

    Pauline Bates

    Pauline was born in 1936 to Eric Stanley Bates and Jessica Catherine Griffin. Her mother was the daughter of S H Griffin, wholesale brush manufacturer at the Chapel Works in […]

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  • A childhood in Waterside, Chesham in the 1940s

    Pam Bayliss (nee Sale-Thorn)

    It was the May of 1947. There had been a late fall of snow and I was playing in the garden. I looked up and saw a young man in […]

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  • Chesham Cottage hospital

    Eileen King (nee Vango)

    In the early 1940’s I worked as a nurse in Chesham Cottage Hospital. The children’s ward was small and equipped for 5 children. There were 3 medium-sized iron bedsteads and […]

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  • My memories

    Daisy Rose Hunt (nee Puddephatt)

    Year and place of birth I was born 21st June 1920, my name was Daisy Rose Puddephatt and I was born in “The Vale” a very small village just outside […]

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  • Chesham Vale in the twenties and thirties

    Daisy Rose Hunt (nee Puddephatt)

    I was born in 1920, in “The Vale” a very small village just outside Chesham with about 24 houses and one Public House “The Black Horse”. Also in the village […]

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  • Childhood in Bois Moor road

    Christopher Mulkern

    I was born in 1907 in Waterside and in the early months of 1914 we moved from there to a three-bedroomed house in Bois Moor Road. There was no running […]

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  • Childhood homes in Bellingdon road

    Alice/Alison Rose (Rosie) Horsnell (nee Culverhouse)

    I was born in 1908 at Mafeking House, 153 Bellingdon Road, which my father, Edward Culverhouse, had built during the Boer War, together with Ladysmith House.  They were so-named because […]

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