A selection of the latest articles from Molesey Matters.

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.

The Mount Felix Tapestry

Last month I featured an article on ANZAC Day and the Mount Felix Hospital. Since April 2015 a small army of stitchers around Elmbridge have worked in teams, and sometimes on their own, to create 44 panels for the Mount Felix Tapestry.

Molesey Amateur Swimming Club

Molesey Amateur Swimming Club was established about 1909, at a time when river bathing was popular. The club initially seems to have been an all-male organisation.

George VI’s Coronation

George VI’s coronation at Westminster Abbey took place on 12 May 1937, the date previously intended for Edward’s coronation.

Anzac Day ,Mount Felix and Walton on Thames

“ANZAC” was the name given to a combined force of First Australian Imperial Force and New Zealand Army troops who landed on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula at around dawn on Sunday, the 25th day of April, 1915, barely nine months after the outbreak of World War I.

The West Molesey man who gave Conservatives their name

It’s surprising that so few people have heard of John Wilson Croker, secretary to the Admiralty, privy Councillor and MP. For he was the most brilliant Parliamentarian of his day, decimating his opponents with a mastery of facts, accuracy of statement and incisiveness of wit that are all too lacking in the House today.

Medieval Fish Ponds

There are many types of historic pond. Some pond types are far better researched than others. Fish ponds, for example, are often well documented. Marl pits, on the other hand, are incredibly common in some parts of the country, yet little is known about them.

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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.

Issue 4

In this issue we look at Christmas in Molesey in the early 1900’s, learn about bare knuckle boxing at Molesey Hurst, the history of postcards and have a local look at the Fire Brigade.

Issue 3

In this month’s issue we discover we used to have a cinema, how Molesey was named and learn that we have a priest hole in the vicinity. We look at how nearby film studios were used during the war, and how Molesey was the place where the first ever golf trick shot was recorded.

Issue 2

In this month’s issue we look at the fabulous Dunkirk Little Ships and the history behind Kent Chemist in Walton Road. We look at a local collection of vintage fire engines and hear the story of suffragette Kitty Marion and the Hurst Park Grandstand. We also talk to Doug Bashford, who worked at Molesey’s previous local magazine, The Review.

Issue 1

Welcome to the first issue of Molesey Matters. This month we celebrate Molesey Boat Clubs 150th anniversary, and applaud the heroics of 3 members all returning from Rio with gold medals. We also look at the history behind one of Moseley’s oldest family businesses, and recommend some close by attractions as part of Open London 2016.