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Author Topic: Let's see how much history we can dig up? :----------------------  (Read 345419 times)
James Hatch
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« Reply #780 on: August 01, 2016, 12:33:37 AM »

It was eight years ago that the Webmaster & I launched Historical Cookham. It was hoped that people that I went to school with would join in chating over old times. That means now that there are fewer of us left, and quite a few of us emigrated away from the village to else where in the UK or even further afield.

https://youtu.be/ZYBDKl4xZ9I

There has been close to 182,000 visits to the site in the past eight years.
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Dragonman
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« Reply #781 on: August 03, 2016, 02:59:27 PM »

And may you see many more.
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James Hatch
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« Reply #782 on: August 05, 2016, 01:21:23 AM »

When one is searching for history, you never know what you will find. This takes me back to the old Rialto cinema in Maidenhead, about 1942. It was called "Target for Tonight and was produced by The Crown Film Unit. This is real recorded history, so enjoy it:

https://youtu.be/PDTLeFl8cXU
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James Hatch
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« Reply #783 on: August 09, 2016, 07:44:04 PM »

I have just had a note from South America asking about a painting of Frank Sherwin. Most of Cookham residents today would say, "Who was Frank Sherwin?"
If you travelled to town by train before the war you would have seen a lot of his posters in carriages and station platforms inviting to take a seaside holiday. You could find his work on LNER,LMS,GWR,& Southern routes. He also had a very interesting wartime job as well.

https://youtu.be/YbWNqh85aBU
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James Hatch
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« Reply #784 on: August 10, 2016, 01:13:22 AM »

To carry on with Frank Sherwin and his water colours, my inquiry from David in South America is to try and locate this town or village where Frank could have painted the scene depicted below. If you recognize the location please post your answer here as David will be following this post.

https://youtu.be/QC79kY-ceWk
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James Hatch
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« Reply #785 on: August 10, 2016, 04:22:18 PM »

I have just received this note from David K. Faille

James.
Please note that in my message I have mentioned that my Painting indicates on the Bottom Left, Old Hastings, in your Blog in 2012 you asked your followers if anyone knew what town it would be...
That is what I wanted to convey...
Regards.
David K. Faille

Maybe someone living in the Hastings, St Leonards area can recognize the exact location.
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James Hatch
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« Reply #786 on: August 19, 2016, 06:48:21 PM »

We now switch to World War Two and the frequent roadside checks carried out on the traveling population who were even checked while driving a car, riding a bicycle, or even walking as an adult for an identity card. Although children had been issued with cards, they did not have to produce them except when travelling with their parents. These check points had at most times a  local policeman, who knew every child in his patch, for very good reasons!

https://youtu.be/fiZKIsdD9qc
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« Reply #787 on: September 03, 2016, 07:11:23 PM »

Still with World War 2. With it comes the Ration Books. Issued once a year, then you would take it and register with your Grocer and Butcher. In the village that would be either Budgens or the International Stores. Your butcher was of course Dudley Sims.
Bread was not rationed until after the war with BU Units. This was a Labour austerity ploy. We had what was called the National Loaf. Which now i your wholewheat loaf. Oh yes the Hovis loaf was not affected.

https://youtu.be/Jtiuom-pOIE
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« Reply #788 on: September 07, 2016, 11:08:30 PM »

James, regarding your call out for people familiar with St Leonards in Hastings, I have connections there and have visited a couple of times in the past year. The painting does call to mind at least two or three corners along the seafront which jut off at a similar angle, although of course they are likely to have been much altered and redeveloped since then. I'll make some enquiries and get back to you if anything comes up.
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« Reply #789 on: September 07, 2016, 11:40:18 PM »

Thank you Lacrimosa. I am sure David Faille the present owner of the painting, would be interested in a photo of any area that the buildings fit the painting.
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James Hatch
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« Reply #790 on: September 09, 2016, 11:20:28 PM »

The attached clip has a few shots of Cookham in 1958. It was I am sure the first of the "The Saint." television programmes with Roger Moore and his stop at The Ferry.

https://youtu.be/bvLgFpbdn4k

Anyway it will give newcomers to the village of what it looked like some 58 years ago.
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« Reply #791 on: September 13, 2016, 08:25:46 PM »

I remember then James! Do you remember when Sid Field and Petula Clarke were in the film London Town, and they did a river sequence at Boulters Lock.
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James Hatch
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« Reply #792 on: October 19, 2016, 06:12:52 PM »

Now we step back 74 years to the era of the Ration Book, and how we adapted to the use of rationing. If any of you have seen the film "Goodnight Mr. Tom." You will get a good idea of how the village pulled together at that time.

https://youtu.be/xKjaNoOmVSw

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James Hatch
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« Reply #793 on: October 24, 2016, 04:05:31 AM »

Necessity is the Mother of Invention, and this you Tube clip gives a good idea how people managed during the war years in the UK. Cookham of course was no exception, with everyone pulling together. So turn up your sound and watch this very good clip.

https://youtu.be/XYVKZsDwUwk
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« Reply #794 on: October 28, 2016, 07:15:02 PM »

My next piece of History goes back to the mid 1930's when radio was with the BBC and two radio stars stick out in the persons of Arthur Askey and Richard Murdoch, with their programme "Band Wagon." A lot of other programmes kept us all smiling during war years. This little film clip came out after the war with the re-launch of television.The first television came to the village in 1936 in the home of Sir Algenon Guinness. Of course the BBC Alexandra Palace closed in 1939 for the duration of the
war. This clip, one of a series was produced in the early 1950's.
https://youtu.be/Cyds1GUPwr4
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