A Little Piece of West Molesey History by H M Berry

The real development of West Molesey only really began in the third decade of the twentieth century. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries it did include, however, many nationally known characters amongst its inhabitants.

70 Years of Marriage – Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

Elizabeth and Philip were distant cousins, and first met at a wedding! They were both in attendance at another royal wedding – Philip’s cousin, Princess Marina of Greece to The Duke of Kent, who was an uncle of the then Princess Elizabeth, in 1934.

Out of the Ashes The Phoenix Club

“The idea of a social club for returning men and women of the Forces after the Second World War, as well as ex-members of Molesey Youth Club and any other young person over the age of 18, was originally conceived by Terry Curtis, Ivor Pooley, Bill Dawson-Marsh and Mr.

Edward Jesse Writer and Naturalist

Edward Jesse (1780-1868) was a writer and naturalist. He became clerk in a government office in 1798, and for a time was secretary to Lord Dartmouth, when president of the Board of Control.

Hampton Court Station

The London and South-Western Railway (L&SWR) opened its line to Hampton Court in 1849, as a branch of the main line from Nine Elms to Woking. For some ten or eleven years previously passengers from Molesey wishing to travel to London had to first make their way to Surbiton Station (now Kingston Station).

Don’t Forget to Change Your Clocks

The idea of summer time or daylight-saving time was first suggested in a whimsical article by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, But it arrived in the UK after Coldplay singer Chris Martin’s great-great-grandfather, a builder called William Willett, thought it was a good idea too.

The True Heroes of Enigma

On 30th Oct 1942 Royal Navy Officer, Lt. Tony Fasson, Able Seaman Colin Grazier and canteen assistant Tommy Brown from HMS Petard boarded the German U Boat, U-559, retrieving material which would lead to the decryption of the German Enigma code.

Molesey Lock

Our lock was first proposed in 1802 because of the shallows upstream but nothing came of the suggestion. During droughts, the Thames was liable to become too shallow for river craft to pass through. The heavily laden barges were held up, sometimes for weeks at a time while the bargemen waited for the weather to turn.

Where there is muck there’s is money

In the 1790s, the Board of Agriculture commissioned two qualified surveyors, Thomas Baird (1793) and John Middleton (1797) to report on the state of agriculture in Middlesex.

The Value of Dredging/Treasures of the Thames

The title is a bit cheeky. This is not a piece about flooding (we will follow up on this aspect of dredging at a later stage.). But it is indeed about the value and benefit of dredging it.

Memories of Molesey School Days

They say our school days are the happiest days of our lives. For most of us, it’s not as simple as that. We remember the headteacher we feared and the teacher we adored, the lifelong friends we made and the bullies we despised, the subjects we loved and those we hated…

Platts Eyot and Thornycroft

The name of the island is derived from Platt of Molesey who used it for growing withers. Until the 1880s osiers were grown on the eyot, a species of willow used for basket-making but it was also used for dumping spoil from excavation of the Stain Hill Reservoirs, creating the large hill on the island’s western end.

A Seal in Molesey

Seal numbers in the Greater Thames Estuary have increased almost back to their natural rates thanks to a conservation project, after being hunted for fur and meat.

Avoid Tragedy on the Water

I am sure you will join me as our thoughts go out to the family of a young man who tragically lost his life. A teenage boy drowned in the Thames on the hottest day of the year Wednesday June 21st.

Shepperton’s Hedgehog Sanctuary

Hedgehogs are in decline. Even over the past 10 years or so we have seen notably fewer on the roads or in our gardens. So many people I have spoken to about this wonderful charity have never heard of it. We want to change that!

Molesey FC

Ex-Corinthian, and prominent local G.P, Dr. James Jenkinson Knox started the ‘Hampton Court and East Molesey Association Football Club’ in the Autumn of 1892 (the year the song ‘Daisy Daisy’ came out).

Our Local shops – Use them or Lose them!

In the first six months of 2016 more than 2,500 high street shops closed and some recent analysis suggests that nearly one in four non-food purchases in the UK are done online from a standing start of none 20 years ago.

Handel’s Water Music

Handel’s Water Music is made up of three orchestral suites, and was written 300 years ago for an outdoor performance for King George I on the Thames.

The Mystery of the Molesey Boat ‘Jane Scott’

Two years ago Jane Scott Ellingham’s cousin Judith was exploring the local area having recently moved to Hampton. She discovered the Walled Garden in Sunbury and went in for a look at the Gallery.

Sir Thomas Heneage and Anne Poyntz

Sir Thomas Heneage (b. before 1482, d. 1553) was Cardinal Wolsey’s gentleman usher at Hampton Court, and then courtier to Henry VIII.

Wallis, Freda and The Duke

Most of us living in Molesey will know about our connection with the Duke and his love of racing at Kempton Park. He also had a special reason to be in the surrounding areas. He frequently visited local socialite Freda Dudley Ward.