Newmarket Local History Society Correspondence (Page 4)

August 2005 to December 2007

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December 16th 2007 from Pam Edgington (nee Quarton)
Good morning, let me start at the beginning. My name is Pam Quarton, my parents had the White Lion Hotel in Newmarket and I have know Roger Newman pretty well all his life, his mother used to baby sit my 2 children. He now lives about 7 miles away from me so we meet up and have a meal and catch up on all the past year's news.
My parents took over the White Lion in 193, then when my father retired my late brother, Stuart Quarton , took over as the Landlord, by then it was no longer Wells and Winch as during my father's day. I left 23 Hill Close, Newmarket to go and live with my husband and family in Maidstone, Kent I continued to come to Newmarket to see my parents until 1978 when my father passed away, they were then living in Kentford, my other brother Stephen still lives in Exning Road.
Basically I wondered if you could help me, I need to know the name/initials of the late Doctor Davies, whose practiced on The Terrace with Dr Mc Neil and I believe a Dr MacKenzie. I have a very genuine reason for wanting this information and I would be so grateful if through your web site the answer could be found. There surely must be someone who could give me this piece of the jigsaw.
It is my intention to come to Newmarket on a visit next Spring but as I am now in my mid 70's cannot say for certain it will come to pass! I live from day to day and so on ... one never knows. I made contact with several people who knew me when Newmarket has its own Forum, alas no longer exists. Many old friends/acquaintances contacted me when I put my details on the Forum. It was wonderful. We still correspond to this day. I very recently met up with a very old friend from Newmarket who I hadn't seen for 60 years, Most people remembered me as the girl on a Palomino horse ... !!! or Chiefie Quarton's daughter. I would be so grateful if you could place this information on your web site in the hope that someone may remember, but we are talking of possibly 50/60 years ago.
With kind regards and the Compliments of the Season Pam Edgington
(NLHS Archivist Bill Smith, who used to be a Newmarket postman, informs us that he was Joseph Davies, with a practice in Kingston Passage - Ed.)

November 30th 2007
Dear Sirs,
Could you please clear up an argument re. Fitzroy Street. I think the small 3 bed houses om the right hand side past the theatre, were named St Marys Terrace and built around 1870ish.? were they in anyway to do with the St Marys church? and were they changed because of the postal system, new at the time??
Thanking you Richard Taylor.
Does anyone know the answer? - Webmaster

November 28th 2007
Dear Rod
Can you tell me the name and location of a Home for Unmarried Mothers and their babies which was in the town of Newmarket and was open around the late 1950s - possibly into the 60s. Thank you for your help.
Kind regards Sheila Collee
Response from NLHS Committee member Sandra Easom. "Regarding the home for single mothers. Don't know if it was a home as such or just a community of outcasts but Les Jewell told me some years ago that ?Drapery Row (the lane in the old Rookery which ran past The Bushel) was the place that all the "naughty girls", who got themselves into trouble, were sent. That was certainly within his living memory so the 60s could be right - with the destruction of the Rookery in the 70s and 80s."

November 25th 2007 Hello
Could you please answer a query I have about the Golden Lion. My Great grandfather owned the Inn in the early 1900's and I have an old postcard of around about 1906 which shows a house or it looks like a house,where the Golden Lion is now in the High Street in Newmarket.
My question is has the Golden Lion always been situated where it is now, or was it placed elsewhere in the High St in the early 1900's. My Great grandfathers name was George Harris. He also owned the Queen's Head Inn in Kirtling, where my Grandfather was born.
Many thanks for your help and I enjoyed viewing your website.
Regards Karen Harris
With the help of Roger Newman we have come up with some information going back to the latter half of the 19th c. It is not quite clear when the Golden Lion came to its present position and where it was, assuming it existed as a pub beforehand.

Sandra Easom refers to info on the wall of the Golden Lion which says that the pub is late 18th century (!) - presumably added to - and its name refers to the coat of arms of either King Henry I or the Percy family (Earls of Northumberland) The 19th century landlords and licencees were: John Jones, Ralph Watley & William Wise Wright.

Sandra has also sent this note in reply to a query about whether there was a pub called The Wellington, and where was it?
"The Fox and Goose pub became the Wellington after the battle of Waterloo. I believe Wellington Street might have been called Fox and Goose Lane originally (could someone else confirm that?). The pub is now shops and the building is grade II listed. Stand in the Market Place and look to the right side of Wellington Street and some of the original roof line is visible (it was quite large)."

November 4th 2007 I have just stumbled across your website and found the name John Olley among your correspondence.Steve mcgarrys email, 24.1.2005,says he was searching for a fishmongers on Palace Street to which you responded that you had a photo of said shop and the exact location has been established.
John and Jemima Olley are my Grandmothers grandparents. Her father, Charled Leopold Olley born 4.4.1883, was one of their 10 children. My Grandmother is still alive at 93, but unfortunately she has no photos of her family as she was bombed during the war. It would be lovely if I could obtain a picture of her grandparents shop on Palace Street for her, and I was wondering if you could email a copy of such to myself to this end.I would be eternally greatful for any photos or information you could forward
Yours Hopefully, Sharon Jefferies
(Copy of picture forwarded - Ed.)

October 6th 2007- from Julian Evan-Hart
Hello visitors to this site.
I am researching for a book on Cambridge aviation history from 1909-1945 and am covering aircrash incidents 1939-45. I am particularly interested in the German Dornier 217 that crashed and broke up on Duchess Drive near the entrance to Dalham Stud.
I would love to hear from anyone who saw or who has relatives who witnessed the event. Does anyobe have any parts taken from the wrecked aeroplane? My books are very locally orientated and I hope oneday will provide a genealogical source as well as an aviation one. All persons who contribute are named in text. Several eye-witnesses have recounted to me how they remember several local people (including the then owners of Dalham Hall) taking photographs at the crash scene in 1942. This was normally strictly forbidden, however often the Home Guard would turn a blind eye, such photographs can now be an immensely invaluable source to the modern researcher.
I can imagine many residents will have moved since 1942, and some of their relations may even be abroad, so if your relative did live in the area of Wood Ditton - Cheveley in 1942 and you know they have a photo album please ask or look through the album to see if there are any images of soldiers/ civilians standing next to any twisted or mangled debris. So I was wondering can anyone assist me in tracing the photographs? Again I would be delighted to hear from anybody whoi has information and or artefacts that could be photographed for publication. I can be contacted on
Kind regards Julian Evan-Hart
Julian has been put in touch with several people who remember the incident, including the Webmaster.

August 8th 2007
Hello, My name is Eileen Sullivan from Kyabram Victoria Australia.
I have found my great grandfather Alfred Camps Sparkes on the 1851 Census in Newmarket as a 10 year old student at No. 116 (think must be Paradise Row as the School master at that number looks like John Swindell and on an information site for academies in Newmarket in 1851, John Swindell was in Paradise Row.
Alfred Camps Sparkes father was a Ship's Master and in 1851 his mother and siblings were in Southhampton. Not sure why he was at a boarding school so far from home. My only conclusion is that he may have had a relative of the surname Camps in that area.
As a matter of interest Alfred was in a group of 5 men who were the first to find gold in South Gippsland Victoria, Australia.
I was wondering where I would be able to find information on this school and if there are any old photographs of Paradise Row.
Regards Eileen Sullivan.
Email address provided - webmaster

July 2007
I currently work at the private hospital which was formerly the Isolation hospital on the Fordham Road. A few of us are interested in "how it was before".
Do you have any information on the hospital at all and in particular photographs as we are attemting to work out where and what certain buildings were from one of the few photos we have.
You assistance and help would be much appreciated.
Many thanks, Jim Snipe

July 1st 2007.
I was born in 1941 in Newmarket - Warrington Street - my grandfather Arthur Chapman was a level crossing keeper. I attended All Saints and Newmarket Grammar School and am trying to find a history of both schools - can you help - also is it possible to join the society even though I am a little distance away. My aunt, also born in Newmarket, still lives in Cambridge.
Regards Margaret Vick (nee Mullineaux)
Email replied to and Margaret put in touch with the Association Secretary who also runs a website for Old Foliyans (ex Newmarket Grammer School pupils) See the links for Any replies will be passed on - webmaster.
July 2nd. Response to above from Rosemary Foreman NLHS Secretary
"I’ve replied to Margaret Vick giving her info about the Grammar School and All Saints – she lived near us and was in my brother’s class at school so I hope she will keep in touch".

June 26th 2007 from Derek Notley
What is the history of The Rookery, in Newmarket, please. Had our local authority had the wisdom to cultivate the old site and associated streets,(Albion Street etc) we might have had a small but interesting version of The Shambles, in York. That we now appear to be renaming the Rookery to The Guineas, would suggest that our local authority not only wishes to change the face of Newmarket, but remove some history. Where can I find out the full story of The Rookery, please. Any help would be appreciated. Regards Derek Notley April 24th 2007

I wonder if you can help me with a query and perhaps guide me in the right direction,so I can continue my research. My Gt.Grandfatherx6 a John Pond apparently wrote the `Sporting Kalender`in 1752 and had a daughter `Miss Pond`who was reported to have rode a horse, a`thousand miles in a thousand hours`in Newmarket. I wonder if you know where I could look to find if there is any report of this, or if there is a copy anywhere of the Sporting Kalender.
I would be really happy if you could give me any advice on this matter.
Carole Orpen

April 19th 2007
I couldn't see how to add to your questions page. Anyway, I noticed the mention of the boy's grave on your site and thought that the following may help add a footnote to an intriguing local site. I happened to be there, walking the dogs, when I met a middle-aged man tending the site. He told me that he was a traveller and that whenever he was in the area he came and tidied up the grave. He drove a van and had a light midland accent, he specifically identified himself with the grave as a sort of shrine for "travellers". Nigel Preston-Jones

January 1st 2007
Hello I don't know whether you can help me but does anyone have a picture of a house called St Edmunds, Bury road that was knocked down around 1969ish after the death of my grandmother Margaret Poole who had lived there since the mid thirties. I have recently visited St Agnes church where I was christened and noticed other houses on the opposite side to the church similar to St Edmunds. That familiar black and white design, were they all built at the same time? Here's hoping you can help.
With Kind Regards, Nicky Lankester nee Poole

December 19th 2006

December 11th 2006
Dear Sir, I would like to find out more about Newmarket chemists that were operating in the 19th and early part of the 20th century. We would like to find out about Frank A Barrow, Carr and Rae who were known to exist in Victorian times. This is for research that we are conducting on East Anglian pot lids. I attach scans of the chemist lids that I have, which may be of interest. If you could point me in the right direction on where to locate this information it would be greatly appreciated. Kindest regards Graham Evans (Newmarket)
We know that John Rae had a shop in the High Street during the late 19th c., J W Carr and F A Barrow MPS had High Street shops up to WW II at least, does anyone have more information about them?
Graham has sent pictures of chemist's pot lids as used by Carr and Barrow, for which we are grateful. (Ed)

8th December 2006
hello sir, I have written to you a few years ago as I was (and still am) looking for Barbara Dunn. My father is very ill (age 81) and every single day he asks if I know more about his Babs.
I really would like to find her but I am coming to the conclusion that without a date of birth it is impossible.
I do have more information then three years ago : she was the daughter of Edward Oliver Dunn and married Lt-Col David Ludovic Peter Lindsay on 14/01/1950, she was his second wife. Sir Lindsay was born on 30 april 1900 and honoured by the Distinguished Service Order.
I still don't know where she lived (he says dunmore road in SOHAM) Can I kindly ask you to publish this one more time on your site and paper?
Thanks a lot Kathelijn Scheerlinck, Belgium
The original message from Kathelijn posted on this site was dated 16th February 2004, see Correspondence Page 2. Ed.

28th November 2006
I wonder if you or members of your society might be able to help us in our research into the life of our grandfather, Alexander Milligan, who was a vet (and apparently specialised in racehorses) in Newmarket in the early part of the 20th Century. He lived with his ?first wife Mary Milligan (who died in 1934 and is buried in Newmarket cemetery) in a house called Bridlemere (since demolished to make way for flats) on the High Street where he apparently had a veterinary practice too. After his wife died he married Dorothy Hogben; they had a daughter (my mother) and at some point moved to Cheveley.
We know from our research so far that he was Scottish and had studied veterinary science at Glasgow university. We have contacted the RCVS who have a record card that lists him living at Bridlemere but also in New Zealand and Folkestone. We have also found records of a patent for amendments to a milking machine that he registered in 1918 whilst living at Bridlemere. Our mother recollects that he told stories of his experiences of WW1 when he accompanied/looked after horses (he was too old to enlist) going over to Belgium and France, and apparently during one trip he had to perform an emergency operation on a soldier to remove his appendix. So far we have no corroboration of this.
He died under tragic circumstance (an overdose of Strychnine which he took in small doses as a 'tonic') in 1947 when my mother was only 12; there was a coroner's verdict of 'death by misadventure'.
Would you be able to suggest any further avenues of enquiry, perhaps relating to the racing world, or local newspaper archives (e.g. obituary?)? We still know very little about him and there are no living relatives as far as we know (apart from my mother) who might be able to tell us about him. He does not appear on the web-available Census returns, although we are in the process of searching the Scottish ones, but without information on where in Scotland he was born this is proving a little difficult. We have also ordered a copy of his death certificate as we only recently obtained the correct details.
I would be grateful for any help/advice that you might be able to give.
Regards Rachel Clarke 22 Fairycroft Road Saffron Walden Essex CB10 1LZ
We have had two good responses to this posting. Bridlemere was a large house opposite the White Lion, where the flats are now. A picture of the house will be displayed on the website in the near future. Ed

31st October 2006 from T Lowe
Dear Sirs We are trying to find out about a grocer shop which we think was in Wellington Street from 1935 - 1964. It belonged to an Owen Cole or Dora and James Fordham who ran it. We would like to know the name of the shop and if anyone has any memories of the family.
My mother was adopted and Dora Fordham (nee Cole) was her birth mother. We have found out that Dora and James both died in 1964 and 1966 and Owen Cole also died in 1966. But can find out nothing else. We would love it if anyone had a photo of them as there is no other family who can help us.

12th October 2006.
Although I was born in Newmarket in 1958 I left at a very young age and do not know the town that well. I'm currently researching my family history and am visiting next weekend as part of that research.
My mother's maiden name was Meacham and the family lived in Newmarket throughout the 19th century and there are still several descendents living locally. In the 1881 census my Great Great Grandfather Frederick Meacham ran the Saddlers Shop, High St. Either side of it were The Clothiers Shop run by Mr Bradfer and The Jewellers Shop run by Mr Wigg. Would you have any records showing whereabouts in the High St these premises would have been situated?
Regards Colin Buckle
Descendants of A.S. Wigg watchmaker and jeweller still run the business from the same High Street Shop, one of the oldest surviving businesses in Newmarket. Ed

23rd July 2006.
Have just discovered the Newmarket Local History site and read about the tunnels, I well remember staying with the Tindalls at their shop (Our families were related in some way that I have not fathomed out yet)and being shewn the entrance to a tunnel in the main area of the shop, it consisted of a staircase and bricked up door and was said to lead to the Hotel opposite. I also read of the recent death of a Tindall of about my age who may have been the child whos bedroom I shared at the start of the Second World War. Did this tunnel ever get investigated? and do any surviving Tindalls know of our connection? I have an unidentified Photo of a wedding in Newmarket attended by my father about 1930 which might contain a Tindall.
Michael Vine son of Edwin Azariah Vine E-mail

20th May 2006.
From Paul Kerr (e-address supplied)
A bit of a long shot, but I am helping my father in law research details on his cousins death during WW11 He was Sergeant Angus McVICAR, 1371651, a flight engineer, lost along with the rest of his crew on 15/4/43. I believe that at that time, 75Sqdn were flying Lancaster bombers out of Newmarket.
Angus is buried at Florennes Cemetry in Belgium.
Thanking you in anticipation. Paul Kerr
No 75 (NZ) Squadron was operating with Stirling heavy bombers from Newmarket Heath at the time in question. Any information will be passed on (Webmaster). See below

This additional information arrived July 2011 from local historian Tony Pringle
Stirling BF513 delivered to 75 (New Zealand) Squadron on 5th April 1943…. c/s AA-E took off from Newmarket at 21:32 on 14th April 1943 to bomb Stuttgart. Shot down by a nightfighter Bf110 (Ob.Lt Friedrich Graef, 1/NJG4 who seems to have survived the war)) and crashed 02:25 at Regniessart a small village in the Forest of Nimes, near Couvin in Belgium.
All crew buried in Florennes Communal Cemetery, near Namur
P/Off DG McCaskill (RNZAF)-Pilot
Sgt A. McVicar (RAFVR)- Flight Engineer
P/Off JK Grainger (RNZAF)- Navigator
Sgt B Elwell (RAF)- Bomb Aimer
Sgt RTC Green (RAF)- Wireless Operator
Sgt ED Cook (RAF)- Gunner mid upper
Sgt RA Smith (RNZAF)- Rear gunner

March 2006. From Rod Dalton in the USA, re. the website article on Alex Henshaw M.B.E.
Thanks for the update Rod. Mr. Henshaw is an incredible man and I'd love to meet him. Please give him my regards next time you chat with him. I can think of no reason this man should not be a Knight after reading his books. Maybe your Parliament will get around to it before his "last flight"! Take care, Rod Dalton
Rod Dalton had earlier written to the British Cabinet Office expressing his belief that Newmarket resident Alex Henshaw should have received a Knighthood in addition to the award of his M.B.E.
To go to the article select here (Ed).

14th March 2006.
Dear Sir. My great grandfather or maybe great great grandfather was George Fordham born 24th September 1837 and who died 12th October 1887 was champion jockey thirteeen times during his career. I am trying to find out as much as I can about him and his family,either in newspaper articles, books or hopefully a biography of him. I would be very grateful if you could help me in this or at least advise me on the best way of finding out as much as I can about him.I would dearly love to be able to trace my family history and create a family tree. I await your reply with eager anticipation.
Yours Sincerely Miss Caroline Fordham
Newmarket Library hold reference only horseracing records for the town, only accessible on personal application. The National Horseracing Museum at Newmarket is another possible source, (see link and address on this site). Any further information will be passed on to Miss Fordham. (Ed.)
July 2007. Reply and information from Eric Graham of Exmoor, please get in touch at email

When I visited Newmarket recently, I forgot to write down the name of the horse whose statue stands in front of the Jockey Club. Can you supply it along with the years it was racing?
Thank you--Sue Pace
The statue is of the famous classic winner Hyperion (1930 - 1960) Trained by the Hon. Geo. Lambton 1933 at Stanley House stables (Ed.)

February 2006. This obituary was attached to a signed stamp cover discovered by by Roger Newman. He wonders if anyone has any further information about Gerald Livock
"Grp.Capt. GERALD E. LIVOCK, DFC, AFC - 11 Jul 1897: Born in Newmarket(Upper Station Road), Suffolk ; 1914: Joined the Royal Naval Air Service and received his pilots license No.1004 that same year. Served as an active duty pilot of Seaplanes and Flying Boats for the duration of the war, including flying the Felixstowe F2a out of RN Air Station Great Yarmouth; 1919: Flew Fairey IIIC's in Northern Russia; 1927-28, Formation leader of four Supermarine Southampton flying boats to make the first Royal Air Force flight from England to Australia; 1929: CO of 205 Squadron and OC RAF Far East.
Right-hand Batsman and Wicketkeeper for Lord Cowdray's XI (1923), Middlesex (1925), Gentlemen (1925), LH Tennyson's XI (1925 - 1926), Middlesex (1927); Royal Air Force (1927 & 1932), Marylebone Cricket Club (1933); Gentlemen of England (1934).
16 Nov 1937: CO of 10FTS RAF and RAF Ternhill; 5 Jan 1941: CO of RAF Kalafrana, Malta; 27 Jan 1989: Died in Blandford Forum, Dorset."
Roger has turned up more interesting details of Gerald Livock's background.
Born in Newmarket the son of well known veterinary surgeon. Gerald was aged 17 in 1914 and about to leave Cheltenham School. His father was very busy examining horses that had been commandeered for the army and wanted his son to join the practice. Gerald was not interested, neither was soldiering for him. His big loves were cricket and flying and he joined the newly formed Royal Naval Air Service where he eventually became a distinguished flying boat pilot, serving in Russia and making record breaking flights.
In his book'To the Ends of the Air' he gives a description of the patriotic fervour that gripped Newmarket early in the Great War, with soldiers marching along the High Street singing 'Tipperary',and horse drawn gun limbers rumbling past his house. The local men could hardly wait to join up to serve their country. Poor souls, if they had only known what was in store for them. He speaks of a soldiers' camp on The Gallops 'at the north end of the town', there was certaily a tented camp on Plantation (Warren) Hill, perhaps the one he refers to was near the waterworks towards Exning, can anyone confirm this? (Ed.)

16th January 2006. i dont know if you or any of your members can help me with a recent article in the E A D T about Jack Taylor i would just like to know if possible what type of aircraft and what date the aircraft crashed i have tried to look up details in my liberey but with it will be a long task im interested in aviation and am a member of Wattisham Museum in charge of research i would be willing to share in information i found out with you hope some body can help.
regards Mick Bown
Jack Taylor's wartime bravery is dealt with in an article in the Newmarket Journal of January 12th 2006. The Newmarket Town Council are putting forward a motion for a road to be named after him. Two separate incidents happened on Newmarket Heath while Corporal Taylor was serving with No. 99 Squadron. In the first incident in February 1941 he tried to rescue crew members from a crashed and blazing Wellington bomber while dressed only in football kit and was badly burned himself in the attempt. Again in January 1942 Corporal Taylor displayed great bravery and disregard for his personal safety by dragging crew members from a crashed and burning aircraft. He was awarded the George Medal and British Empire Medal. Details appear in Supplements to The London Gazette dated 2nd May 1941 and 20th March 1942.
After the war Jack settled in Newmarket and became Vice-Chairman of the then Urban District Council, he died more than 15 years ago but his son Tony lives in Newmarket and has his medals and memorabilia. (Webmaster).

16th January 2006 I wonder if you can help me with a query about Newmarket in the 1900s. My ancestors, the Browns, owned/ran the Jubilee Dining Rooms, which I understand were in Jubilee House opposite the Jubilee memorial. Can you tell me anything about the Jubilee memorial? Presumably for the Diamond Jubilee? Was it a clock? I'd be most grateful for any help you can give.
With many thanks, Mrs. J. R. Newman
The Jubilee Memorial is in fact the Clock Tower, still very much an outstanding feature in Newmarket. It is in the middle of the roundabout complex at the eastern end of the High Street and was erected to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. We cannot at present find reference to the Jubilee Dining Rooms, but dare say that one of our members will find out something.
A 1920s picture of the Clock Tower showing some of the surrounding buildings, one of which may well include the Jubilee, is currently pictured on our main page (18th January 2006) (Webmaster)

23rd January. Follow up from Julia Newman:
Have just hit your website and found the image of the memorial. Thank you so much for this.

13th January 2006
I have postcard sent to my mother's eldest brother from Newmarket during the first world war. The scene is a group of soldiers outside a large hut emblazoned with YMCA. Stamped on the card is an address; YMCA, Brickfields Camp, Newmarket.
Can you tell me where the camp was please and if possible which regiments were based there? This is only a casual interest enquiry, please do not go to any great lengths to answer my query.
D F Cresswell
Mr Derek Cresswell has kindly sent us the card, showing WWI soldiers gathered outside a large hut. Brickfields is in Exning Parish and the army camp was presumably on land now owned by Brickfields Stud. Does anyone know which Regiment it would have been? We intend to publish the picture on this website in due course (Webmaster).

29th December 2005
My name is Ronelle Wiid I am married to a race horse trainer and own horses. Having visited your Museum and attended Some race meetings whilst on holiday in August 2005 I would realy like to communicate with people in the race game.
Did I mention that I am from South Africa.
Regards Ronelle Wiid

23rd December 2005
I am very interested in the correspondence on your pages regarding George Algernon Bloss as George was my cousin several times removed!
George and Charles were indeed sons of Frederick Cavendish Bloss and Francis Lynch Bloss was as stated Fredericks brother. According to the Parish Registers Francis Lynch Bloss and his wife Elizabeth had at least 3 children - Alfred baptised 1818, Ann baptised 1820 and Francis baptised 1822 (Colin Palmers relation). Unfortunately I have not been handed down any information so can only gather what I can from Parish Registers, Census and web sites.
I have also seen the Findon web pages ........ "Dear Valerie I am a descendant of “Old Bloss” – my 92 year old mother (Ruth Paton nee Bloss) has told me stories of him being the trainer of a Derby winner & of him sleeping in the box with the horse on the night before the big race. The owner of the horse lived in a large country house between Northleach & Fossbridge in Gloucestershire known as Stowell Park, & mother remembers that Old Bloss came from Chedworth which is the next village on from Fossbridge. I have an early picture on glass of his son my great grandfather) Timothy Barnes Bloss sitting with his wife Charlotte Bloss & their son John Alfred Bloss. I am told that as a present for training the winner, Old Bloss was granted the right to “gallop horses in Stowell Park in perpetuity” – which presumably means that I may also have that right, being his only surviving male descendant! I hope this is of interest to you as a confirmation of the story.
Regards Roger Paton Roger Paton, Huntleigh, Bedfordshire."

The Bloss mentioned ie. father of Timothy Barnes Bloss was a John Bloss of Chedworth. This cannot be true as according to the 1851 census Timothy's mother was a widow, but I do wonder if this Bloss family were perhaps cousins as John had a sister Catharina Cavendish Bloss. Unfortunately I have been unable to get either of these families back prior to Frederick or Catharina's parents.
Hope this is of some help. Sue Wilkinson, Middlesex, England

23rd December 2005
From Martin Bond re 99 Squadron Veterans Group
First, a belated thanks to the Local History photographer who took and burnt to CD the pictures of this year's 99 Sqdrn Reunion at Newmarket. I've printed out thumbnails and circulated, and now await the demands for copies! Thanks for your efforts, much appreciated by all, and maybe we'll see you next year.
Which brings me to my second state on the website that 2005 was the last 99 Reunion to be held at Newmarket, and that Brize would host future events. Well, that's strictly correct, but it's worth pointing out that the 99 Squadron Bomber Veterans Group intend to carry on the tradition of a Reunion in Newmarket and fully intend to be there in 2006. The Veterans Group intends to carry on with the function at Newmarket as long as possible. Hence, maybe we'll see you next year, especially as a number of family members of 99 air and ground crew have indicated a wish to attend.
On a personal note, may I thank you all for providing the panoramic photograph of the Squadron in 1938. I've had this scanned and it's now awaiting some minor digital corrections before printing. Some of the Vets have volunteered to try to put names to some of the faces, which will doubtless be an interesting exercise.
Finally, one further personal note. My late father served at Newmarket as ground crew with 99, and I have his diary for 1942. He mentions three pubs in the locality - the Star, the Railway and the Man in the Moon. Do the buildings that housed these pubs still exist? If so, can you advise me where? I'd love to find out, if only to be able to have a pint in the same pub that my dad used in 1942!
Thanks for everything you've done for 99, and look forward to hearing from you all in due course.
Kind regards Martin Bond 99 Squadron Association - Research Secretary, 99 Squadron Bomber Veterans Group
The 99 Squadron Veterans had their 2005 reunion in Newmarket in early September and the event was covered on this website

18th December 2005. From Steve McGarry

Some time ago I sent you the pic of my ggg Grandfathers shop J Olley Fishmongers in Palace Street.. Well since then the most amazing thing has happened ... I have discovered that his wife Jemima (Nee) Lake was born in Caston ... Her father was Charles Lake and is sister Lydia Lake who Married Daniel Gooch in Caston in 1883. To cut a long story short I then married Lydia & Daniels Great Great Great Grandaughter !!! ...So my wife an I have a common ancestor.. At one time 1881 census Jemima's mother Hannah Lake (nee) Barnard was living with her Grandson William Olley at 14 Turf Terrace in Newmarket does this still exist or do you know where it used to be ? Regards Steve McGarry.
See Steve's original e-mail 24th January 2005, since then we have established the position in Palace Street of the old Fishmonger's shop and have a picture in our archives

13th December 2005.

From Colin A. L. Palmer Re: Charles Lynch and George Algernon Bloss
I was interested in the recent Correspondence about the Bloss brothers, who were ancestors of mine. The connection, according to a tree in my possession, is as follows:
The brothers' father, Frederick Cavendish B., had a brother Francis Lynch B. One of his daughters Frances (therefore a cousin of the Bloss brothers) married Walter William Usher Palmer, my great-grandfather.There is no mention in the tree of another brother Alfred but there was a cousin of that name (1818-1876).
There is no doubt about the spelling of Lynch (Eric Graham's query). It is thus all the way through my family, down to myself and my son.
I have a newspaper cutting of the obituary of Charles Lynch B. I asked Sir Mark Prescott about this, and he suggests that it came from "The Illustrated and Sporting News". It refers to owners he trained for (Hartington, Devonshire, Westmorland, Henry Chaplin - the owner of Hermit - and Capt. Machell (sic). The C.V. also notes that his brother George died ten years earlier and 'will be best remembered as the trainer of Hermit'.
Eric Graham will doubtless have seen the accounts of the Chaplin/Hastings/Hermit saga (and scandal!) on the ValerieMartin/Findon and Blankney websites.
The Bloss brothers may well have been "no more than head lads", to begin with, but they undoubtedly acquired status in due course, particularly C.L.B. Brother George Algernon was probably less sophisticated, (a simple countryman as one account suggests). He was sympatico with his animals, and slept in Hermit's stable after the famous epistaxis, the night before the Derby of 1867.

May I refer those interested to an article in the Daily Telegraph of 22.06.02, when Regal Lodge was put on the market.
My other interest in the area lies in the fact that another forbear lived at Lanwades, then in Moulton, now in Kennett.
I hope you can print this, alternatively put me in touch with Eric Graham. With many thanks, Colin A.L.Palmer

4th December 2005. Further follow-up from Eric Graham
I think I have solved the 'Bloss' question and you might like to file it away in case you get a query on the N L H S site.
I have found five contemporary, or near contemporary, references, which quite plainly state that Charles and George, and perhaps Alfred, worked together; there was evidence that Charles took over from George at Cavendish House following the latter's death and I reckon that they spent most of their working lives together; Alfred died first and may well have been part of the team.
So, the bottom line, I think that's how it is referred to nowadays, is that ALL the books are wrong and no-one did five minutes work [well, a bit longer] to find the truth.

16th November 2005
Greetings from a cold Exmoor! I am a frequent visitor to the N L H S site; it has proved most helpful and interesting.
I wonder if you or a Newmarket historian can answer a simple question? Who trained the 1867 Derby winner Hermit? I know it was 'Bloss', I know he was called 'Old Bloss' but what was his Christian name [or names]? I have looked through countless books but not one gives the full name.
As you know trainers were not licensed till 1905. In connection with my work on Stockbridge racecourse I have compiled a list of trainers [or grooms] in England and Wales from about 1840 to 1905. Should you have any questions about a trainer in this period I would be delighted to help.
Best wishes, Eric Graham
We were able to help Eric with the following reply.
"The answer appears in our own two volume 'The History of Newmarket and its Surrounding Areas', edited by our committee member Sandra Easom. It was published by means of a grant several years ago on condition that we made available free copies to local schools, libraries etc. It contains a wealth of information and answers many questions about Newmarket's history and past personalities.
I quote: "Capt. James Octavius Machell was born in 1838. He resigned his commission in the army because he was not old enough to serve in the Crimean War (ended 1856) and had no prospects of active service. He decided to buiild a career in horse racing. He became resident in Newmarket in 1863/64. He was a tall man with the walrus moustache which many men of the time sported. He commanded respect, rather than the affection of people, although he is reputed to have been kind. He owned a number of racehorses with some success. However, his suspicious nature caused him to fall out with the jockeys Fred Archer and George Fordham.
When he first came to Newmarket, Machell managed a stable for Lord Calthorpe and Lord Lonsdale. He built up a clientele and soon had his own stable at Bedford Cottage, where he worked as a trainer with lip-service being given to his two official trainers, Charles and George Bloss, who were really no more than head lads. Machell managed this stable for more than thirty years. He died in May 1902, aged 64 years. He had already sold Bedford Cottage to Col. Harry McCalmont after a bout of ill health." Ed.

19th November 2005. Follow-up from Eric Graham
Thanks for your most interesting and helpful reply.
The Blosses:
Charles Linch [or Lynch] Bloss was born in 1813 and died Dec 1896 qtr, age 83 Newmarket 3b 320.
George Algernon Bloss was born 1815 and died Sep 1885 qtr age 70 Newmarket 3b 283.
Their brother [?] Alfred was born in 1818 and died 1876.
A remark or two about the quote. Firstly at the time there were, due to the structure of ownership and racing, no 'official trainers'.
Secondly it is strange there is no mention of Henry Chaplin, whose friendship really started Machell. Machell's 'young men' came after Hermit's success.
Thirdly it really does not help identify which Bloss was the one in charge of Hermit as Charles was at Albert Street and George at Bury Road.
I have never before heard that Machell and Fordham had a falling out; I would certainly like to know the circumstances. George, when sober, was a most easy going sort and only threw one race in his life. It has to be said that some contemporaries considered 'The Kid' superior to Archer.
I do so much appreciate your help! Eric Graham

September 15th 2005
From Tom Hughes, Atlanta Ga.
Greetings ...
I am writing to get some details on the marriage in July of 1888 of the Dowager Duchess of Montrose to Marcus Henry Milner. She was 70 at the time, the groom was 24.
She was a very well known figure in Newmarket turf circles and her young husband served as her racing manager but apparently the two had some sort of falling out before her death in 1894. Can anyone help me out with details of this unusual marriage?
The Society's two volume 'History of Newmarket and Surrounding Areas' Volume I gives this information about the Duchess.
"Caroline, Duchess of Montrose was a well-known figure in the racing world and in late Victorian Newmarket. Until then, only men had owned racehorses but she broke with convention and kept several in training. She assumed the name of 'Mr Manton' to enter them in races (her trainer was Alec Taylor at Manton). She was a very forceful woman and most people stood in awe of her. People gave her the nickname 'Carrie red' because of her red hair. She had been born the Hon. Caroline Agnes Beresford. She married the 4th Duke of Montrose in 1836, he died in 1874. Three years later, she remarried. Her second husband was William Stuart Stirling Crawford, commonly known as 'Craw'. Late 1882/early 1883 the Duchess moved her horses from Bedford Lodge across Bury Road to Sefton Lodge. Sadly, shortly after this, Craw died, aged 64. The Duchess built St. Agnes Church on the Bury Road as a memorial to him and he was buried behind the church. In 1888 the Duchess astounded everyone by marrying for a third time - a young man of 24, Henry Milner. In 1894 she died and was buried alongside Craw." Ed

August 27th 2005
Hello Rod,
I have been working as a Jump racing researcher / historian with a number of companions, including one who produces a statistical record booklet every 2 or 3 months. One of the projects he hopes to bring out in the next year or so, is a record of the first world war.
This will give details hopefully of trainers & jockeys who served in the war & any medals deeds & regiments they were in . It will also give as many as we know, who gave the ultimate sacrifice, at present in this catergory we know of around 20 - 25. Have you any records or know of anyone who has records of jockeys & trainers who served in WW1 & any who lost their lives in the conflict (flat or jump racing ). Any help or suggestions would be most welcome. Many thanks for your help
Best wishes Derek Gay (Weston-s-Mare)

26th August 2005
There is a reference to Lily Langtry living in Rous Road, Newmarket in some of the Society's correspondence. I understood she had a house in Kentford but did she also reside in Newmarket?
Louise Mangles
Lily Langtree may well have lived in Rous Road and the correspondence of 30th July 2003 from Mr A Radcliffe on these pages certainly seems to confirm this. Her main residence once she became a courtesan of the King (Edward VII) and other high society gentlemen was Regal Lodge Kentford. Perhaps other contributors can add to this. Ed.

24th August 2005 from Tony Wickham. (Tony is the son of Bob Wickham, one of the Wellington bomber aircrew pictured on our main page to commemorate the renunion of No. 99 Squadron Association in Newmarket over the weekend 2nd - 4th September 2005).
I like the little montage of photos on the website - they almost tell the story without the words! I'm 99% certain that the plane in the photos is the one that the blade was recovered from, so that would make it all the more poignant.
Somewhere I probably have the names of the rest of the crew in that photo - I'll try to dig them out. In addition to Benny, two of the others survived the war, and at least one of those two was still alive after my father died.

August 4th 2005. From Ivy Collins following information we had sent her about Newmarket's Fisher Theatre, which was situated in what is now Janes Ladies' Fashion shop on Rutland Hill.
Dear Rod,
Thanks to your very prompt response to my enquiry, I spent several pleasant hours in Newmarket yesterday. (I work fast!). I had actually promised myself that I would go to the Fitzwilliam Museum and the University Library to see the Cambridge Illuminations - the Macclesfield Psalter in particular - but something stopped me making the early start I had intended. Thwarted, I thought of the good news of your mail which stated that the Newmarket Fisher building did in fact still exist and my day's outing was immediately redirected.
I found the detailed information you supplied really very interesting and am most grateful. It was easy to find the theatre with your directions and I went inside, had a quick look round and then went downstairs. While I was gazing round an assistant approached me, so I had to apologise that I had not come to buy but explained my mission. To my surprise, although she had not known about the theatre, she was most interested and also knew something of the building's history. The basement, apparently, was the area of the old cockpit, which had at some time been filled in, but she said that when Janes bought the building they had it excavated. I then went up to the top floor, repeated my confession and had another conversation with an interested assistant. She knew of the cockpit and also of the fire, even the nos. killed and injured in the latter. The upstairs lady told me that they felt quite sure there was a ghost over in one corner and that she certainly felt a sad presence there.
I must admit that I had expected a vague "Oh yes? Sorry I can't help you" type of response, but was quite excited to find such interest in their building - it gives you a warm feeling.
Later I had a snack in Palmer's and asked the assistant clearing the tables if there were any antique shops that might sell postcards showing old scenes in Newmarket, explaining my interest. I hadn't noticed one as I was walking round. She thought hard but couldn't think of one, but recommended Tindall's bookshop, and also directed me to the Tourist Info. Office. On my asking whether there were a general museum (non racing) she didn't think there was, but went and had a conference with her colleagues to make sure.
By this time I was overwhelmed with the trouble people were taking to help me. Now in Tindall's there was the fascinating "News from Newmarket 1800-1860", by your Vice-Chairman. I had a crafty browse in the corner, and yes, there was an extract dated 18 Nov. 1826 which said that the New Theatre opened "last Saturday" with David Fisher's company. According to Time and the 18th was a Saturday, so the opening would presumably have been the 11th. That gives an earlier date than the 1830 that your records show, doesn't it? It must surely have been the Fisher building, don't you think? Bungay's was also called the New Theatre when it was built, as it replaced the 1773 Godbold one in the Castle Yard. I think it was somewhere in that book that said that only London companies were allowed to be called "actors", elsewhere they were "Comedians". Something else I've learnt.
I came away with a Souvenir brochure which has a little section of John Chapman's plan of Newmarket showing the site of the cockpit, and a copy of the Newmarket Town Trail - for I'll be back.
Again, many many thanks for all your help, and of course but particularly my gratitude to Newmarket folk for giving me a happy day.

Ivy Collins August 5th 2005.
I am sorry to trouble you again, Rod, but browsing through the Newmarket Town Trail this matter of dates arose again. The Trail states that Janes was "originally erected as the Fisher Theatre in 1839". Also, I made myself a note in Tindall's or the Tourist I. O. (can't remember which) when looking at John Chapman's town plan that the cockpit site was sold by the Duke of Rutland to Fisher of Sudbury in 1825 for a theatre. This would make sense with the newspaper extract giving the opening as 1826. Going by the dates I have for the other theatres, D.F. was a man in a hurry, building them all in about 16 years. I am for the moment assuming that the Sudbury Fisher was our David Fisher? Ivy
A good account of the history of the old building, now Janes ladies' fashion shop, appears in the Society's Two Volume "The History of Newmarket" Ed.

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