A selection of the latest articles from Molesey Matters.

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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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Armistice Day

The first Armistice Day was held at Buckingham Palace, commencing with King George V hosting a “Banquet in Honour of the President of the French Republic” during the evening hours of 10 November 1919.

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The Brave Little Ships of Dunkirk

One weekend last month, and if you were up and about early morning, you would have seen by Hampton Court Bridge, at the Thames Motor Yacht Club, a gathering of some of the most beautiful vintage boats.

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Kant’s Chemist, 104 Walton Road

In August 2015, Historic England listed Kent’s Chemist, 104 Walton Road, as a Grade II listed building. The listing is due to the efforts of the East Molesey Conservation Areas Advisory Committee, who spent a considerable time gathering information before submitting a detailed application on 2nd September 2014.

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Hurst Park and the Suffragette Kitty Marion

Horse racing saw a major boom during the Victorian era when increasing prosperity, saw an increase in the number of racecourses being built. Hurst Park, beside the banks of the Thames in West Molesey was one such course.

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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.