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This website was opened on the 8th November 2008.
With 38,000+ individual visitors from 107 countries, this website has been viewed 88,000 times.
Wateringbury Remembered has touched every part of the world. It is a conduit to bring together memories of the village and its people.

Please contribute anything you may have, either memories or photographs that you are happy to share with like minded viewers.

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Email anything you have to: John.Gilham@mail.com

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Mill Cottage - Mill Lane Wateringbury

Ray Cattle kindly shares another photo of his cottage as it was circa 1900.
Are there any others out there?

Photo Courtesy of Ray Cattle

From Wateringbury to Australia in 1969


We  had a lovely email from Bernice Richards (nee Williams) as follows:

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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.
My family 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!!
There were 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 think.
I have 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 me.
I don't 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.

Kind regards,
Bernice
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If the 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.

Wateringbury Station in model

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: john.gilham@mail.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






Gransden Mews

Sonia has a question, can we answer it?

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

Regards,
sonia

Boys of Wateringbury Church Choir 1905

Courtesy of David Alchin

Some really well known village family names in this photo

Is this on the doorsteps at Winwick House in 1899

A photo kindly shared by David Alchin believed to have been taken in 1899 and thought to be at Winwick House on Red Hill though the recent photos look very similar. 
Would anyone know where it was and who the lady and Gentleman are? 
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Recent photos of Winwick House from a sale publication.
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The Wateringbury Estate 1876

This Book has been kindly shared by David Alchin.
To view the image larger click on it and click 'view image' 
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Giant Hogweed

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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.
When 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.

The corner of Red Hill and Tonbridge Road wateringbury seen from the air.

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.