A selection of the latest articles from Molesey Matters.

The Last Thames Frost Fair

February 1814: King George III was on the throne, Tory Lord Liverpool was Prime Minister and the Napoleonic Wars would soon be over. It was also the third coldest winter since 1659, when the Central England Temperature (CET) records began. After weeks of bitter chill, blankets of fog and drifting snow, Londoners awoke on 1 February to find that the River Thames had ground to an icy halt.

Save Hanworth Park House

A former hunting lodge of Henry VII is in danger of being pulled down. Hanworth Park House which comes under Hounslow borough, has stood empty for 25 years but was bought 3 years ago by Gary Cottle who wants to sell a part of the land off for housing and put the funds towards restoration of the lodge.

Aliens in Elmbridge

Acclaimed as a scientific and social prophet, Herbert George Wells was a prolific novelist famous primarily for science fiction but also for comic realism. After a brief apprenticeship to a draper, Wells became a student-teacher, eventually winning a scholarship to the Normal School of Science (later Imperial College) where his studies under the great zoologist T H Huxley inspired his science fiction writing.

Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol was first published in London by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. Telling the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, the story has become a firm favourite all over the world.

Tanners Bridge Painting in Molesey Library

This is a detail from the painting of Tanners Bridge, which hangs in Molesey Library. The caption of the painting reads ‘Bridge over the Mole 1905 by Arnold Helcke’. Tanners Bridge is the bridge across the Mole at the end of Spencer Road.

Weird Christmas Traditions

Forget the Christmas turkey or ham. For many Japanese, traditional Christmas dinner is Kentucky Fried Chicken. Due to a combination of tiny Japanese ovens and a clever marketing campaign convincing locals that fried chicken is a traditional American Yuletide feast, reservations must be made to eat at a KFC on Christmas Day.

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.

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Issue 16

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic break, and are ready for all that another year entails. The Winter Wander and Magical Molesey were brilliant successes, and a massive congratulations to all that were involved. What a great place to live.

Issue 15

In this month’s issue we look at the rise of a true star, Molesey resident Petula Clark. The history of the Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol is also featured ,and we hear about the “Tanners Bridge” painting that hangs in the Molesey library. We also learn of some of the weird and wacky Christmas traditions from around the world.

Issue 14

The clocks have gone forward and we are hurtling towards Christmas. Don’t forget to put in your diaries the Bridge Road Winter Wander on 1st Dec and Magical Molesey in Walton Road on 6th Dec.

Issue 13

Welcome to the first issue of our second year together. Summer has gone and now Autumn is here. Fittingly the front cover photo, taken by my wife, is a sight that we all will be seeing a lot of over the coming months.

Issue 12

Molesey Lock Where there is muck there’s is money The Value of Dredging/Treasures of the Thames Memories of Molesey School… Read more »

Issue 11

In this month’s issue we learn the history of Platt’s Eyot and Thornycroft. We look back at this year’s Hanworth Classic, and we hear about the seal in Molesey.

Issue 10

Well the sun did come out for Carnival Day! Congratulations to all involved, in both the set up and of course to the community as a whole for joining in. I mentioned in last month’s issue that I might try the Zorb racing! I have to admit that as a man prone to injury I decided to watch instead. Looked great fun though. A list of the float winners is listed on Page 16.

Issue 9

The Molesey Carnival is upon us again on Saturday June 10th! Best wishes from Molesey Matters to all involved. Personally I am really looking forward to having a go at the Zorb racing – just what I need for my bad back! The front cover is obviously Mr Mole, taken last year by Ted Palmer.

Issue 8

Welcome to the May issue! We are now firmly into Spring. I am particularly enjoying this year the blossom appearing in our garden. Pinks, yellows, whites, purples – It really does make you feel like good things are on the way.

Issue 7

In this month’s issue, the Molesey History Society tells us of the Modernist Howard Houses that went up in West Molesey in the 1930’s.

Issue 6

In this month’s issue we learn about Molesey’s Mills , Royal artist Terence Cuneo and take a dip into the history of Medieval Fish Ponds.

Issue 5

In this month’s issue we learn about Molesey’s first cottage hospital and also about Alfred Sisley, who painted beautiful scenes around Molesey. February is the month of David Garrick’s 300th birthday, so we take a look at his life, and of course celebrate Valentine’s Day.