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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A collection of their correspondence (60-plus letters/envelopes, plus one photograph) throughout the war have been withdrawn from  sale  by the Eype History Society.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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The Cricklade Bugle celebrates its 4th. Anniversary on February 20th. 2014

             Cricklade BugleYes it’s true the “Cricklade Bugle” has been publishing its Online Community and Event Website for 4 years.BirtdayCake5a
 CrickladeFTOT04Cricklade is a Saxon Town situated on the banks of the River Thames on the northern border of Wiltshire between Swindon and Cirencester close to the Roman Ermine Road.
The “Cricklade Bugle” has been supported by many Organisations – Talk about local website www/talkaboutlocal.org  /
@TalkAboutLocal  and individuals -@getgood @willperrin @mike_rawlins @Media Trust @hill_wheeler @CrickladeLeis  @CrickladeTC . And all Cricklade Clubs and followers of the site and twitter. Thank you again for your support.
Currently the Website is hosted on WordPress.com but thanks to an offer of www.bloggersworld.co.uk it is moving to self-hosting using WordPress.org . This may take a little time to develop the site.
Media Trust (www.mediatrust.org ) have sent an invitation to apply to join their our Local360 Network  interested in becoming a beacon. The intention is to apply.The future looks good.

Contributors and Guest bloggers are welcome to offer their topics for publication. Please contact at peter@crickladebugle.co.uk .

Cotswold TV presents Cricklade Town.

Cotswold TV www.cotswoldtv.com presented a Video
To see more about why Cricklade is popular with visitors see
 http://www.cotswoldtv.com/feature_player_fftv.php?id=831

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Cricklade is a quaint small town situated on the banks of the River Thames on the northern border of Wiltshire. The Centre of the town lies within what used to be a Saxon stronghold built by Alfred the Great to help defend the Kingdom of Wessex.
You should visit Cricklade – you know it makes sense !

Acknowledgement to Cotswold TV.

Cricklade Town Guide can be found HERE…
http://www.localauthoritypublishing.co.uk/flip_guides/crickladeguide/index.html

 

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our Readers, Followers and Contributors – Thank you for your support.

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Exhibition – St Mary’s Church Cricklade – “The King James Bible” – Saturday 14th. September 2013 10am -4pm

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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.
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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.

UWE historians launch new Cricklade book as part of Wiltshire VCH series September 10th. 2011

University of West England Launch of A History of Wiltshire XVIII: Cricklade and Environs at Cricklade United Church Hall, Calcutt Street, Cricklade, SN6 6AZ On Saturday 10 September 2011, 2.00 – 5.00pm

The latest volume in the Wiltshire Victoria County History (VCH) series, on Cricklade and its Environs, is about to be launched on 10 September by Wiltshire Council and historians from the University of the West of England. The Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, John Bush OBE, will formally present a copy of the new volume to the leader of Wiltshire Council, Councillor Jane Scott, at the United Church Hall in Cricklade.
Work on the definitive history of Wiltshire has been going on since 1947, and the project has been a part of the UWE history department since 2004, and a large part of the funding has come from UWE’s Wallscourt Foundation.
 
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