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Author Topic: Let's see how much history we can dig up? :----------------------  (Read 304843 times)
James Hatch
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« Reply #165 on: March 08, 2009, 11:56:51 PM »

Thanks for the site Bagheera, as I said earlier. Is the government issuing cottonwool these days to wrap the children in? Next it will someone suing the council for laying tarmac, and the child who fell over and scraped their knee. Where will it all end!
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« Reply #166 on: March 09, 2009, 01:29:21 AM »

Now back to History. The Whippletree is a piece of farm equiipment that would have been found on every farm in Cookham and the Dean. In later years I have seen these hanging in local pubs as a decoration, so here it is as part of village history.
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« Reply #167 on: March 09, 2009, 08:17:37 PM »

We now jump back in time to Cookham in 1942. A lot of houses that exist today did not exist at all and included in that group is "Westwood Green" Yes in 1942 Westwood Green was a field of maincrop potatoes. For more you have to view the blog:

http://widbrook2.blogspot.com
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« Reply #168 on: March 11, 2009, 12:01:50 AM »

I have been going back through an old Windows 98 computer today and have come up with a lot of good photos both old and new of the Cookhams. A lot of which will come up in later posts. Today I found not a very old photo, but it certainly is a piece of Cookham Dean history. This is the story of a lunch my family and I had there.

http://widbrook2.blogspot.com

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« Reply #169 on: March 11, 2009, 05:55:05 PM »

Now with fresh photographs we step back some 69 years in Village life and to the Dad Sexton Choirboys club with some of it's members present in front of the War Memorial. Three of the boys are wearing there First Aid pouches on their belts, as Dad Sexton was a keen First Aider, having served in the Australian Army Medical Corp during the First World War.

http://widbrook2.blogspot.com
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« Reply #170 on: March 12, 2009, 11:42:56 PM »

My files have turned up this photo of a very young Sir Stanley Spencer when he was in the R.A.M.C. attached to an ambulance unit. My references make him to be about 24 when this photograph was taken.


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« Reply #171 on: March 16, 2009, 05:19:28 PM »

I have noted that in the past, some refer to the youth of today as SHAV'S. Well I is sad to think that they were once young as well! Here I have taken a step back some sixty years and to my first car. Nothing flashy, but I did get a whole lot of fun out of owing it.

http://widbrook2.blogspot.com
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« Reply #172 on: March 19, 2009, 08:53:25 PM »

Another piece of farm equipment that use to travel up and down Cookham High Street. The two wheeled horse and cart. Which had a very long village history.

http://widbrook2.blogspot.com
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« Reply #173 on: March 22, 2009, 07:26:49 PM »

Today folks living in and visitors to Cookham have got use to the sophisticated equipment and prognosis that comes from Bracknell for their daily weather. A 100 years ago they relied on the forecast given by my grandfather, as they called in at Oveys Farm.

http://widbrook2.blogspot.com

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« Reply #174 on: March 24, 2009, 06:36:31 PM »

Now back to wartime Cookham. Remember earlier I did mention about Westwood Green being a field of potatoes in 1942. Well here is a picture that I was sent of a scene of two boys picking spuds, though it does not look like Cookham or anyone that I remember. Mind you we did have a lot of childen from London staying with us in those days.


http://widbrook2.blogspot.com
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« Reply #175 on: April 04, 2009, 07:27:27 PM »

To round out the story of the local Cookham potato harvesting I have found a photo of a Bamford unit, which of course are pretty well extinct on the modern day farming operation as they are very labour intensive. You may find one in a small pick your own operation, as they are quite easy to maintain.

http://widbrook2.blogspot.com
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« Reply #176 on: April 05, 2009, 06:05:13 PM »

This again is to help Jabber with the question on the Toll Bridge Cottage. At least there is a photo of the cottage, so those who are not familiar with the village have some idea of what is being discussed.

More on the bridge itself will come later.

http://widbrook2.blogspot.com
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« Reply #177 on: April 08, 2009, 12:04:28 AM »

Digging a little further, and I still have more to research to cover on the Cookham Bridge and the Thames itself, which has had in the past has added so much to the past life in the village. I have started with the bridge fenders and why they were so situated. With reflection on the tug and barge traffic on the river.

http://widbrook2.blogspot.com
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« Reply #178 on: April 09, 2009, 02:34:14 PM »

There was a time when a housewife was judged by other housewives how well she kept her house by the colour of her wash on wash days. For years the following clothes pins or pegs were the only thing that was used. Of course today most of it is hidden in the tumble drier!

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« Reply #179 on: April 09, 2009, 09:43:44 PM »

Reading the postings over the past months by The Thames Valley Police. Got me thinking back to the 1930's and 40's in the village, and of course the village Bobby and his bicycle. So here is a bit of a flash back to those days.

http://widbrook2.blogspot.com
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