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People of Wateringbury

Wendy kindly sends us the following:-

My name is Wendy Mattar and I am great-grand daughter of Harry and Harriet
Martin - long time publicans in Wateringbury. (cousin of Keith Harden who
posted some photos a few years back)  I believe their last hostelry was The
Queens Head. 

Harriet Holmwood Martin was daughter of Ann and Thomas Holmwood
who owned The Wheatsheaf Public House (built by William Beadle her
grandfather in 1847).

I attach some old family photos which you might like to use.

With regard to the query on Basil Henry Cheesman (please note correct
spelling) - His father William Henry Cheesman was station master and living
at Phoenix Cottage, Nettlestead in the early 1900's.  Basil was my
grandfather and was killed in 1918 whilst serving with The Black Watch.  He
is buried in the war cemetery at Herringe near Ypres.  His wife Gladys went
on to marry Ted Kirby and they were Landlords of The Fir Tree for a time.


Harriet (Holmwood) Martin, Evelyn Martin (Adams) Gladys
Martin (Cheesman, Kirby) and Stanley Martin the ponies name was Kit 
taken in yard of The Queens Head
 Harriet Holmwood Martin
 Harriet Holmwood Martin
 Gladys, Evelyn, Jessie and Jack Cronk and Harriet Martin
  Harry Martin with sons Harry and Stan and Jack Cronk

  Basil Cheesman, Gladys Cheesman (Martin and
Joan Cheesman daughter (my mother)

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