A selection of the latest articles from Molesey Matters.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Terence Cuneo

Terence Cuneo (1907–1996) was an English painter famous for his scenes of railways, horses, ceremonies, and military action. He was not only one of the world’s greatest military painters, he was also one of the top railway artists as well.

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St Peters Church

There has been a church on or near the site of St Peters for hundreds of years, West Molesey being mentioned in the Domesday Book. It replaced a much earlier building and there are many memorials and other artefacts which are older than the building.

The History of Valentines Day

We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.

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Alfred Sisley

Just before Christmas, Molesey Matters reader, Jacqueline Martin, contacted me regarding the artist Alfred Sisley. A few years ago, Jacqueline conducted some research for the Alfred Sisley Museum in Moret-sur-Loing outside Paris where the artist spent most of his life.

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Molesey’s First Cottage Hospital

With the NHS constantly in the news at this time of year, and the ever-present threat of the closure of Molesey Hospital, we thought you might be interested in knowing about the first Cottage Hospital in Molesey.

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Moulsey Hurst was once the bare-knuckle boxing centre of England.

Samuel Elias (better known as Dutch Sam April 4, 1775 in Petticoat Lane, London – July 3, 1816), was a professional boxing pioneer and was active between the years 1801 and 1814. Known as the hardest hitter of his era, he earned the nickname “The Man with the Iron Hand”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.