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Cricklade WW1 letters – Local boy, Sidney Hamblin Hewer saved for the Cricklade Museum.

Cricklade WW1 letters of Local boy, Sidney Hamblin Hewer (in 1911, a grocer’s assistant) was brought up by his Grandmother, Hannah Hewer in Church Street, Cricklade. During WW1, he served with the British Red Cross mainly in France. He was very worried about leaving his 80-year-old  Grandmother on her own, but was reassured by promises of friends that she would be well looked after in his absence.

Family History: Sidney, born in 1888, one of at least 8 children, to Charles Hamblin (a Hackney Carriage Proprietor) and (Harriet) Jane Hewer, KingsHead02living with Charles’ Parents, Frederick and Hannah, at the Kings Head Inn, High Street, Cricklade (now closed, but it was on the corner of Church Lane), where Frederick was a “Licensed Victualler” (i.e. the Landlord). Sidney was baptised at St. Sampson’s, Cricklade (almost next door), By 1901, Sidney’s Grandfather had died and his Parents and siblings had moved away to Manchester Road Swindon, leaving Sidney living on his own with Hannah in Church Lane.
During the war, in which he served as an orderly in the British Red Cross Society & Order of St John (29.9.14 – 15.1.17), he was awarded the Victory, British War and Mons Star Medals.
After the war, Sidney safely returned to England, and on 19th July 1931 married Elizabeth Maney Ellam also in St. Sampson’s. Elizabeth, nee Everett, had previously married Alfred O. Ellam in 1916, but been widowed in 1927. His Grandmother Hannah, lived on after the war, dying in 1927, aged 94.
He died in Swindon, in 1971, aged 85. We have found no trace of any children born to the couple.]
A collection of their correspondence (60-plus letters/envelopes, plus one photograph) throughout the war have been withdrawn from  sale  by the Eype History Society. The auction of these items were to be held on January 5th 2015 at the Bridport Auction House. The good news is that they have been purchased privately and will be given to the Cricklade Museum/Cricklade Historical Society, to join their collection of materials on this local man. the Eype History Society decided to withdraw them because they will now be in the public domain, so that everyone who is interested will be able to see them, instead of selling to the highest bidder, who would possibly keep them in a private collection of wartime ephemera, and possibly wouldn’t have any connection with Sidney.
A great result from one historical society to another.

Informant details: Janet Allen, Eype History Society, 01308 888 095, janet@staffordlodge.com

 

 

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Cricklade Museum involved in the BBC Series 10 of “Who do you think you are”

Filming took place at the Cricklade Museum during May as part of a new series of “Who Do You Think You Are? Series 10”. It is currently broadcast on the BBC1  with Gary Lineker, Minnie Driver and others as they trace their ancestry.  Continue reading

Cricklade Museum – Celebration Display of Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation 1953 – Now OPEN until September.

K.Canute-Silver-Penny01.jpgThe Cricklade Historical Society has opened an exhibition celebrating the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth the Second on June 2nd. 1953. The exhibition contains contributions from residents and members and will be open to everyone. The Display will be run till September.
The website is http://www.crickladehistoricalsociety.org.uk/
It will be an opportunity to see the improvements made to the Museum.
To view a documentary of the ceremony Continue reading

Cricklade Museum – Celebration Display of Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation 1953 – Opens May 4th. 2013 until September.

K.Canute-Silver-Penny01.jpgThe Cricklade Historical Society is opening a new exhibition celebrating the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth the Second on June 2nd. 1953. The exhibition contains contributions from residents and members and will be open to everyone on Saturday May 4th. at 10.00 am. The Display will be run till September.
The website is http://www.crickladehistoricalsociety.org.uk/
It will be an opportunity to see the improvements made to the Museum.
To view a documentary of the ceremony Continue reading

A Cricklade Valentine, 150 years before the e-card….by Sarah

cricklade-valentines-day-cardMoon Pig doesn’t seem as romantic now (did it ever?).

I came across this beautiful card when researching the Old Lock Keeper’s cottage at Latton, near Cricklade.
The origins of Valentine’s Day probably go back to Roman times (the feast of Lupercalia). Lovers have been giving each other Valentines from medieval times (when they would recite, or sing, their greetings). However, it was the Victorians who really started the craze for sending paper cards.

Read Sarah’s Blog  HERE  at http://ow.ly/hGXB1

The photograph of the card is reproduced with the kind permission of Cricklade Museum. Cricklade Museum is open 10 to 12 every Saturday (for other times, check their web site) and managed by Cricklade Historical Society.

Cricklade Historical Society talk on “St Mary’s Church”, Fairford Wednesday 21st, November , 2012

The Cricklade Historical Society meets on Wednesday 21st, November , 2012 at the Town Hall Annex. 7.30 pm for 7.45 pm.

Tim Mowat will bring us up to date about this beautiful church.

Visit the Cricklade Historical Society Page Here —–http://wp.me/PPhCq-WD

Cricklade Historical Society.-Wednesday 17th, October, 2012 – Doors open at 7.17 pm. for 7.45pm. start.

A King Canute, Saxon Coin, struck at the Cricklade Mint – now part of Copenhagen’s Royal Collection.

Cricklade Historical Society.
Next EVENT

Wednesday 17th, October, 2012

Roman Invasions, Occupation and Colonisation
Given By Bill King.
At Cricklade Town Hall Annex,
High Street, Cricklade.
Doors open at 7.17 pm. for 7.45pm. start.

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