We had a lovely
email from Bernice Richards (nee Williams) as follows:
My name is
Bernice Richards (nee Williams) and I live in Sans Souci, New South Wales,
Australia. I have just spent a lovely afternoon after accidently finding your
website about the history of Wateringbury. I am currently writing some memories
down for one of my daughters and as I was answering her question, I needed information
about where we lived, so I googled Wateringbury and your website came up.
moved into Redhouse Gardens, Old Road when the houses in that estate were first
built, we were number 1, my father gave the house a name, Amore, but I think
that would be long forgotten now. He was the Doctor in the village, Dr David
Howard Hiley (he was my stepfather) and my mum, Dorothy, was a nursing sister
in Maidstone. I had forgotten who his partner was in Wateringbury, but your
website reminded me. The surgery would have been in Claremont House and the
other doctor would have been Dr Miln. I remember getting off the bus from
school in the afternoons and going for a swim in their pool! I read that you
rented the flat in the house in 1973, but by that time, we had migrated to
Australia - I think we left in about 1969.
I have had
no contact with anyone I knew when we were living there - my school friends
kept in touch for a while (I went to Maidstone Grammar), but I was only 13 when
we left there and it is hard to keep up friendships at that age and across such
a huge distance. My best friend in the village was a girl named Vanessa Powney,
but I know she passed away in her forties and I never spoke to her after we
left England. She lived in the houses we used to call the cowsheds - I don't
know if you would remember them, very unusual buildings for that era!!
a few names that I remembered from your entries who were also my friends and I
think you went to school with some of these people - they were a bit older than
me. I used to go down to the Old Mill on Friday nights and play table tennis
with Robin Pearson and Ian Seamark, there was another boy too, but I can't
remember his name. I do know they fished my sister out of the mill pond once
and saved her from drowning!! The surname McKirdy also rings a bell. Are they
all still living in the village? The Benhams owned the pottery at that time I
been back to visit Wateringbury once since we came to Australia and would love
to do so again but I wanted to say thank you for putting all this information
together, it is a wonderful resource and a great memory jogger for people like
think I have many photos left from when we lived there, but will certainly look
and will ask my sister Davina if she has any.
above jogs any memories of Bernice and or her family please share it with
us. If you remember Bernice and would like to get in touch please send me a
private email and I will pass it to her.
Hans has sent us an additional picture and a request for help. Hans
has asked if anyone can help get some sample measurements from the
Railway Pub so he can build a model to extend his model of Wateringbury
station and surrounding area. He only needs the height and width of the
left groundfloor window and the height of the black painted edge at the
bottom of the walls. From that he can scale the rest of the building. Let me know if you can help Email: email@example.com
Had a great email from Hans which reads: In
2015 we had a mail exchange about Wateringbury Railway Station. You
asked visitors of your website to help me with information and pictures.
Well herebye you see some results. It's not for 100% ready. E.g. the
Thames Barge. Everything is selfmade, except the Hornby signal post. Kind Regards Hans Van de Burgt
Hi Do you know anything about Gransden? I live in Gransden Mews, which was probably the stables for Gransden. When we bought the house we were told that our garage used to be the Fire House/Station. I wouldn't have given it much thought, apart from the fact that the floor is made of stone cobbs/tiles which I would have thought too expensive for a garage etc
I came across this postcard on Ebay which I purchased. It seems rather strange that it is of no more than a weed though a very large and aggressive one The Giant Hogweed.
I was young in the late 50's this grew along the mill track and would
burn your skin and make extreme blisters if you touched it. Strange to
see that it was associated with the village enough to be used on a
postcard dated 1992.
David Alchin kindly shares with us a copy of a photo hanging on his wall at home. Its a great shot of the North West corner of the cross roads from the air. The corner of Red Hill and Tonbridge Road with Claremont house to the left and Winwick House to the right showing its lovely gardens right in the village centre. The bottom left hand corner shows the old village hall is still there. Date taken is thought to be 80's/90's.