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November 23rd 2008.
I an endeavouring to find out more about the 1952 Felixstowe Rally organised by the Eastern Counties Motor Club. This started at 10 - 45 PM on Friday, 22nd August at the Rutland Arms Hotel in Newmarket. Also mentioned in the programme is thanks to Hammond’s Garage, Newmarket, I have contacted the Hotel but no one there could help me, would someone in your society be able to steer me in the correct direction on either of these?
Many thanks. Yours sincerely, Leigh Trevail
Hammond's Garage was adjacent to The Rutland Arms Hotel, Rutland Hill Newmarket, and the entrance to their yard was next to the old Gas Showrooms (now a ladies Fashion Shop) and what is now TK Max. Hammond's specialized in building horseboxes based on Austin, Reo, Commer and Bedford chassis. There are still one or two of their ex-employees of the 1950s around who might just remember the event. If you research our Correspondence pages you will see references to the garage mainly to do wuth their horsebox activities.. The picture I have attached is of the garage entrance as it was around 1915, when it was called The Rutland Garage. When Percy Hammond took it over the site looked much the same from the outside. Also if you go to page 3 of our site, and click on the link at the bottom of the page (91 Francis Frith pictures) there are two pictures that show the site in the 1950s - Nos N23024 and N23062. The former clearly shows the garage entrance and the latter the old Gas Showroom next door (Webmaster)
On Nov 17 2008, DJ wrote:
Hi, I'm sure I remember that, as a lad, there was an Albion street in Newmarket - possibly on Icewell hill or in what is now the Rookery complex. Do you have any evidence of its existence?
Thanks Dave Joyner.
btw, I found your address on the NHLS website
Albion Street joined Wellington & Market Street near where you now enter the Guineas shopping Centre. It was demolished in the early seventies. On the Wellington Street corner was Ernie Marsh's little shop that sold lots of toys, jokes, s/h mags etc appealing to boys. Halfway along was Woods & Roses cycle shop and workshop with a pile of cycles outside awaiting attention. At the Market Street end was the Temperance Hotel. All this disappeareed in the early seventies when the Rookery Shopping Centre was built. The only evidence of that part of the town left today is The Bushel pub.(Webmaster)
November 2008 from Margaret Short
Not sure if you can help me. This is a bit of a long shot or maybe you can direct me on. I’m trying to find out information for Francis Williams whose father was a jockey in the 20’s or 30’s. He won a boxing trophy held at the stables and as he has no-one to pass this onto would like to know if there is somewhere appropriate associated with this trophy. The trophy has on it St. Dunstables, Newmarket. He believes the owner of the stables was a Mr. Leach. I will be grateful for any information you can give us.
We have advised Margaret that there was an active boxing club for stablelads in the 1920/30s centered around the Astley Club. She has agreed to pass the trophy cup to our Society and we have undertaken to find the most suitable place for it to be on permanent display.
Does anyone know of a Patricia Elspeth (present surname not known) born in Coventry, December 26th 1951, daughter of Newmarket girl Pamela June Quarton and subsequently adopted. Pamela's home address at the time was The White Lion Hotel Newmarket. Returning home after her daughter's adoption Pamela married the father John Edgington.
This rather touching story illustrates how attitudes to birth and marriage have changed since World War II. Even as late as the 1950s it was considered shameful for a girl to give birth out of wedlock and it was not unusual for the mother to be virtually disowned and cast out by her parents.
If anyone has information would you please contact the webmaster. Rodvincent@freenetname.co.uk
October 2008 from Susan Williams
Hello, My grandparents both lived in Newmarket and though I have two cousins still living in Newmarket I have been unable to trace any of my grandmother's family. Her name was Lydia Stalley and she was born in Sutton, Isle of Ely in 1874 and died in Newmarket in 1951. She was one of eight children but I have been unable to find any descendents of her siblings. They were John, Emily, Charles, Frederick, Arthur Henry, Herbert and Minnie. I know that Minnie was married to the jockey Herbert Toon but I don't believe that they had any children. I have found a few marriage references and two daughters for John who were Olive and Gladys Stalley. There also appear to be several other Stalleys who were born in Newmarket at the beginning of the 20th century they are:- Sara Frances born 1903, Marion Isabel born 1904, Emily Anne born 1905 and Teresa Elizabeth born 1907. I wondered whether anyone belonging to your society may know of any person who is descended from the Stalleys. Before she married my grandmother lived in Stetchworth.
I would be most grateful to anyone who might help me to trace any of my distant relatives. I have done quite a lot of research on the Stalley family and can trace them back to 1784.
Any information will be passed on - webmaster
October 17th 2008.
I am french and I live next Chantilly in France.
I hope to write a document about my grand grand-father ALFRED CARRATT, who was a champion jockey in France during many years : 1866 to 1885... He was born at London, was an apprentice at Phantom House at Newmarket, with JENNINGS. He was going to France in 1865 certainly.
I research some informations or documents about him, in England, at Phantom House.
Do you can help me ?
Thank you very much for your reponse and your informations, if it's possible. I will be happy to know something about him. Excuse me for my so bad english !
We have Nicole's e-address should anyone have any information (Webmaster)
October 1st 2008
I am contacting you about the address "Bakers Row Exning Road Newmarket" to find out all I can about these cottages history
My grandmother Lillian Curtis lived at number 2 for many years and her brother I believe lived there also before her around the turn of the century
I only had the opportunity to visit once in 1972 and found the house tiny with an outside loo and no bathroom no kitchen to speak of and you went upstairs on your knees as it was only a ladder to the bedroom
I have been trying to find out about them but cannot find anything online can you help? or put me in the right direction many thanks.
I would be prepared to pay for any information or being put on the right track
Yours sincerely Eileen McIntosh 11 Roseacre Crescent Turriff AB53 4LW Aberdeenshire Scotland
Following some correspondence about the proximity of Bakers Row to the site of the old windmill, Sandra Easom provided the following:
A little more about Baker's Row: No mention in town directories, as you suspected. There is an entry in a later directory about a baker in Exning Road. I have attached a map portion (1896) from Nkt Geneology CD. The Mount public house is visible and there is a row of small cottages nearby, in the right location, but no name.
However, the mill is marked. The second mill was near the cemetary on the Dullingham Road. The Mill Hill mill was the older of the two. The original dated from the formation of the Market in 1200s and was built by the Lord of the Manor to grind his tenants' corn (for a fee of course!). This is in the chapter on Mediaeval Newmarket but not much more detail, I think.
Of course, brewing & baking were established mediaeval Newmarket trades and I speculate that the Victorian Baker's Row cottages could have been built on the site of older dwellings.
The market has moved around a lot but it was once on St. Mary's Square for a while. The Baker's row cottages were an easy distance away from the market for a baker - just a theory.
Sept 29th 2008
Hello I have just rediscovered a mug given to me by an old family friend and the writing on it says "coming of age celebration, Children's Fete, July 10th 1920, Newmarket Co-operative Society." Sadly the friend died a few years ago, can you shed any light on what the fete was all about and who might have received such mugs. Thank you Jonathan Smith.
September 11th 2008. Follow up e-mail from John Marshall, see original e-mail July 25th 2008
Many thanks for your promt reply I would appreciate it if you did indeed publish my original letter on your website, I wil also write to the Newmarket Journal. I was interested to hear the picture houses are now night clubs. I well remember the Doric and the Kingsway. We lads used to sneak in via the emergency exit. We were so poorly paid that it was the only way sometimes to see the latest film. One Saturday night I had sneaked in when the usherette asked me to show my ticket . For some very strange reason I said "you fetch the manager and I will not only show you my ticket but demand an apology." This from an undersized 14 year old. I sat back very pleased with myself. Just a few minutes later the manager and the the doorman, an ex-sergeant came from behind, lifted my under 5 stone body and threw me out of the place and banned me for 4 weeks - from both the Doric and the Kingsway. However we saw some good films at both places and I have fond memories of both.
Certainly Newmarket must be very different now.
However I hope the lovely old houses and stableyards are the same although I believe my old work place Wroughton House has had alterations.
Best Wishes, Kia Ora from Down Under Aotearoa, John Marshall.
Sept 10th 2008
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August 14th 2008
Hi I am interested in finding out when the White Lodge Workhouse in Newmarket changed into a hospital. I have just found out that an ancestor died in there on 28th January 1923 at the age of 80 years and I am wondering if he was in there because it was a workhouse or because it was a hospital.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Joe, In 1923 it was still very much the workhouse (or Newmarket Poor Law Institution to give it its correct title), and didn't become the White Lodge Hospital until 1942. There is a fascinating account of what life was like in the workhouse in Volume II of our 'History of Newmarket and It's Surrounding Areas'. (Webmaster)
August 8th 2008, from Angus Stewart
Hello. I am the proud owner of a vintage Sunbeam car and am researching as far as I can into it's history. I have the buff log book for the car and the first entry, dated January 1947, shows that it then belonged to one Robert George Diver Ellis of Rockingham Place, Church Lane, Newmarket.
I was in Newmarket yesterday and found Rockingham Villas in Church Lane. I imagine that these were connected in some way with Rockingham Place and I rather assume that the fairly modern flats adjoining stand on the site of the house. I expect it was demolished in the '60s. Do you know anything about Rockingham Place, or indeed, Mr Ellis? Do any photos survive? I can find nothing on the internet.
NLHS Archivist Bill Smith has come up with this information:
Bob Ellis was an owner taxi driver and also a racing tipster. He lived in the first of the four houses in Church Lane, that is the one nearest to the White Hart pub in the High St., it's still there!
Further research has revealed that Bob Ellis also lived in St Fabians Cottage, off the Exning Road, which at the time was one of two cottages presumably part of St Fabians, a large house owned by C E Hammond.
Progress with the restorationof the Sunbeam car will be reported when received. Ed.
July 28th 2008
I have done a lot of research on my forebears by name of Utton who lived in Newmarket from 1840. Thomas Utton married a local girl in 1842 and they were to have 11 children. He was a bootmaker and one of his sons, carried on the family business until his death in 1927. This would have been in the Mill Hill area of the town. As an aside, Fred Archer stayed with the family when he first came to Newmarket. As a token of appreciation he gave them a whip that he had used in winning races. In the 1980's, this was donated to the local museum where they have a display dedicated to him.
One of the Utton daughters married into a publican family and in the 1871 census she is shown as a young widow and proprietor of The Victory pub in Mill Hill. I have not been able to find any present day information on the location of this pub. I wonder was it in the area affected by bombing in WW2? Could you help further in identifying where it might have been or where the Utton shoeshop might have been?
Yours sincerely, Anne Burns (Green, Clark, Utton)
Hello, my name is Peter Rydberg and a written from Sweden. I wonder if you can help my, i look for a person. His name was ???? May and hi was stabel master to Earl of Jersey and suprmarcy over Newmarket race-track (if it was Earl of Jerseys horses in Newmarket or the track i don´t no) round about 1810?
His son came to Sweden 1811 only 16 year old and hi cam to bi jockey and trainer to Baron von Fersens race-horses, and hi vinns Kings-Cup in Sweden. Hi death 1835 in Sweden.
Can you written to me if you can or not, me by you no somebody who can help me.
Thanking you in advance, Peter.
P.s sorry for my bad english.
We have Peter's email address if anyone can help (Ed)
July 25th 2008 from:
T.John Marshall.JP. Botley House. 7.Scott.St. Cambridge. Waikato .AOTEAROA.NZ.
Dear Members of the historical Soc.
I served my apprenticship with trainer Harvey Leader at Wroughton House Station Rd way back in 1945/50.
After N/S I worked all over the UK. my last job in the UK was as Head Lad for the Late Frank Hudson at Botley House in Henley in Arden when in 1957 we trained Sundew to win the 1957 Grand National. When Frank Hudson retired my wife and I came to Aotearao NZ to managed a stud farm and racing establishment, The last few years I have been writing short stories and articles for newspapers. i am now writting a book about my experiences of that time in Newmarket.
The reason I am writting to you is for information on anyone who worked at Wroughton house at that time.
My work mates at that time were Sammy Millbanks who became a succesful lightweight jockey, Taffy Williams., George Drinkall, "Manch" Godfrey Graham , Jimmy Goose, Pete Pickford (who became a top NH jockey) and Brian Orvis. I would also be interested to know if any of the then "Board Wagemen" are still with us. Sid Baxter of whom I have fond memories and was rather a mentor, and George "Ginger" Ingles. I would presume that Jazz Fitzall our Head Lad may not be with us, as with Tiny Taylor but I would be most interested to hear from anyone who knew them. I understand Top jockey Micky Greening is still alive and well, the first winner I looked after was ridden by Micky, Heel & Toe Its still a great memory after all this time.
My first few months of work were served at Denston Hall and I lodged with the delightfull Dick & Grace Cracknell in the village of Denston.
When I arrived at Wroughton House I had digs with the truely lovely Mr & Mrs Bunting at Exning who had a delightfull little granddaughter I think her surname was Wicks I know her dad was a sailor. She would have been about 2 or 3 years old at the time, 60 yrs ago, Newmarket is much different now. The Doric and the Kingsway Picture Houses (where we would drive the managers mad by trying to sneak in.) still there? I have memories of scrumping in the large orchard of Trainer Fred Butters and of the Lads Institute where we played snooker ect. I would also be interested to know if the Leader Family are still prominent in Newmarket?
I hope someone will be able to answer my enquiries I would be most interested to hear.
I remain Sincerely yours, T.John Marshall.
PS. My nickname was London, We have been in NZ for 48 years.
July 21st 2008.
Hi, My name is Kellie Graham. I am in my final year at university and about to begin some historical research on the impact of world war two on children. My argument will be based on the assumption that children are overlooked when it comes to researching the war and they are the 'forgotton victims' of this era.
Therefore I was wondering if you had any information or archival documents from the people of Newmarket who were evacuees in the war which i could look at, as i would like to base my research locally as i feel it would be inspiring and very interesting to gain an insight into the local history of my home town. If this is not possible, do you have any suggestions as to where i might find the information i am seeking?
I hope you can aid me in my research. Many thanks for your time, Kellie Graham
Reply from NLHS webmaster
I grew up in during the wartime in a village quite near to Newmarket and have written about this time in a book 'A Tanner Will Do'. Some excerpts appear on the village website, including the evacuee story. Go to www.wood-ditton.org.uk/war3.htm You are free to use this information, but please acknowledge if you publish anything.
There are many tales of evacuees in Newmarket, living there was a bit more civilised than in the village, the latter had very little in the way of public services. If you troll through the Correspondence pages of The Newmarket Local History Society website you will find some entries from ex-evacuees, indeed one or two of our members started life in Newmarket as evacuees.
We have just published a little book 'When Newmarket Went to War', see our website, which you could well find interesting.
July 16th 2008. Re. the Society's new publication 'When Newmarket Went to War'
I just had to let you know how good a read this book is for me. I left Newmarket in 1947 aged 8 years. I have re-visited many times since (I have a sister living on the Dullingham Road). She kindly sent me a copy. One never discards the place where one was born and formed. This book is absolutely PERFECT for an older person to touch yesteryear; the memories within it bring forth others within me that I had utterly forgotten about. It is the sort of book one can pick up anywhere, anytime and open at any place. Completely absorbing! Many thanks to the contributors, and you for producing this estimable document.
Arthur Green, Wallasey.
July 8th from Jules Evan-Hart
I just wondered if you could pass the ord about to anyone in your district who may be interested in a totally new style book about Cambridgeshires rich aviation history detailing wartime RAF, LUFTWAFFE and USAAF crashes, with eye-witness accounts, rare photographs, artefacts found at crash sites and excavations. Including photographs of Alan Francis Crump who flew from Fowlmere and whose P51 Mustang was involved in a collision in 1944.....the weckage was excavated near Duxford in the 1990`s...How did a crew-less German bomber make a perfect landing in an allotment? What made a 50 feet crater in a wood at Pampisford and caused a local girls lung to collapse. What were the names of the German nightfighter pilots who attacked Bassingbourn? See actual photographs of the Wellington bombers they shot down and actual fired German shell cases found recently in nearby fields.....this really is history brought to life!!! How did the Water Board find an American fighter at Wendy?. Who was the famous RAF pilot who shot down an enemy aeroplane at Orwell? What crashed at Shepreth and what is the story behind the young Typhoon pilot who is buried in Shepreth churchyard. What caused Lancaster bombers to crash to earth all around Bourn airfield when they were returning from a raid in 1943. Souvenirs taken at the time by schoolchildren from crashed aeroplanes varied from cockpit instruments and bullets to even a blood spattered rib!!!!!...All these and many more facts recounted from eye-witnesses just as these local previously unpublished details are on the cusp of living memory. I have spent 30 years gathering such local information and in some cases excavating the aircraft and contacting surviving crew or families / relatives. Whilst you walk across the fields have you ever wondered what those tattered bits of metal lying around are? well this book will probably have the answer. The book is due to be published in August 2008. If you would like further details / images regarding the books content. I can be contacted on email@example.com and will supply any information required such as sectional PDF files of the content. The book is currently able to be ordered in advance from such websites as Amazon.co.uk. Please do feel free to circulate this email to any other parties you feel might be interested.
Jules Stevenage (01438) 213085
June 6th 2008.
Re: Paddockhurst, Command HQ of 2 Group, WWII - in Newmarket?
I'm trying to locate a building known as Paddockhurst, which was occupied by the Command Staff of 2 Group, during World War II. It is mentioned as being in Newmarket, but it may mean 'district of'. Any ideas?
It has been suggested that this may have been a big house on Warren Hill? Many thanks for any clues!
All the best, Guy Bettley-Cooke
May 23rd 2008. From Max Lambert in New Zealand
Dear Mr Vincent -
Rod, I had your email address this morning from my good friend Kirsten Broomhall. Thank you for giving it to her so happily and quickly.
I'm a semi-retired news agency journalist now 72. My wife and I leave NZ next Thursday to do a Baltic cruise, and visit Holland and Belgium before spending nine days in Essex - 30 June to 9 July.
My wife's family came from Essex (Braintree area) in 1860 and we intend to potter around the area and visit a few relatives and friends in the area. We've been there before.
My request for yr email address followed Robert Andrews' story "Town's History with Flyboys" in the Newmarket Journal of 10 May 2008 which someone here saw and alerted me to.
Three years ago I wrote a book called Night After Night - New Zealanders in Bomber Command. It's sold well and has been reprinted. A few of the stories in it involved 75 Sqn crews flying from Feltwell and Newmarket. There has been some suggestion here that I write a history of 75 Sqn although there is nothing firm yet and I have my doubts about the project.
That aside I'm interested in seeing Newmarket's Rowley Mile for myself and in particular Devils Dyke. I have a story from a recent interview (post-Night After Night) about the 16 Dec 42 loss of 75 Sqn Stirling R9245 which crashed after hitting the dyke.
I'd like to see the Rowley Mile and Devil's Dyke to get them into my mind. I guess I can roll up to Newmarket and ask to have a look at the course and the grandstand (if the same one is still there) where the crews lived but can you see Devil's Dyke from the course easily/at all or is there a better vantage point. If that's the case, what road does one take. I've read about the dyke on the net but I need to see it.
Can you help me at all? I'd like to hear about your interest in the airfield and your memories of bombers flying from the course.
Thanks and best wishes - Max Lambert
Later email from Max Lambert
Dear Rodney - Best thanks your very prompt reply and offer to help is much appreciated.
I was fascinated to learn the of the Ditch's excavation. I was not aware of that. Not surprising because I wasn't concentrating on 75 when I wrote Night After Night. I wonder if the excavation was done before 75 left Newmarket for Feltwell in late June 43.
I'm sure I could spend a couple of fruitful days wandering around Newmarket but we have a crowded itinerary in Essex and time won't permit that. I'll have your telephone number with me and I'll give you a call a day or two after we arrive and try to set something up that suits you. Would that be okay by you.
I've just been looking at my copy of Forever Strong, a book about 75 Sqn published some years ago. It was a joint production between an English chap and a New Zealander here who was given the push in an editorial upheaval halfway through the project. Everyone agrees it's a very unsatisfactory book but it's the only one that exists. At one place the watering hole White Lion (still there???) is mentioned - aircrew and ground staff had a wake there the night after 75 lost 4 crews in the Baltic in April 43.
Another para quotes someone as saying the Stirling/Devil's Dyke crash caused the postponement of the St Leger. The St Leger in December?? I wonder
Another says: Newmarket airfield was a very ad-hoc setup. We flew off what had been the Rowley Mile racetrack - grass- and there were very few concrete hard-standings for the aircraft. Racecourse buildings - grandstand, stables etc - were used for various functions, while we lived partly at Sefton Lodge on the other side of Newmarket Town. Some were billeted in the centre of the town in the Jockey Club H/q. With such a spread-out arrangements, it sometimes seemed impossible to get any cohesion. But on the whole, everyone enjoyed living, as it were, on top of, and being part of, Newmarket township.''
I'll be delighted to see the centre of English racing too. 25 years ago I wrote a book on New Zealand horses in the Melbourne Cup so I have a direct interest in horses. I thought I might get a day's racing at Newmarket but I see the summer carnival begins the day we leave England. Well timed! Probably is from the point of view of my banking account.
Enough for now. I really do look forward to meeting you and seeing the famous course and dyke.
Best wishes and thanks for your help. Max Lambert
Max Lambert came to Newmarket on July 2nd and we were able to meet him and show him some of the places that bring back memories of No 75 squadron's time at Newmarket, for which he was very grateful (Ed).
Re Sgt. William Edgar Harvey
I live in Lakenham where this airman is buried. I am very curious as to why he is buried in my local churchyard rather than a churchyard local to Newmarket where he was stationed. Please could you pass my email address on to the person who had an entry on the Newmarket historical society site as he may be able to help me with this. I just seems strange to have a new zealander in our church yard. I am in the RAF myself so war graves were a surprise (there are three in the churchyard).
Many thanks Denise Boneham
The story of this young New Zealand airman who lost his life together with the crew of a Stirling bomber that crashed while taking off from Newmarket Heath during WWII is partly explained on our Correspondence pages (pg 3). It is believed that Sgt. Harvey had a friend or relation living in Lakenham which would explain his place of burial
April 2008 from Grant Powter
I am researching the history of my family’s business. I am interested in any trade directory entries or photos of the original shops of my grandfather, Horace Hawes and great-grandfather William Harper whose shops were located in Wellington Street. William Harper came to Newmarket in 1881 as an apprentice to a butcher named Cunningham, and his is the recipe passed down via my grand-father Horace Hawes for the Celebrated Newmarket Sausage still made by Powters today. I would also be interested to see any mention of ‘Newmarket Sausage’ by any other Newmarket butchers around that time.
With Regards, Grant Powter
April 24th 2008
NLHS Chairman Eric Dunning is something of an authority on the history of Newmarket's Clock Tower and has given talks on the subject. However Eric would like to find out about the ceremonial key that was used at the offical inauguration, which took place on Tuesday January 14th 1890 with the Rt. Hon J. Lowther MP turning the key. Does anyone know what happened to the key?
My name is Diana Everitt of Cleethorpes Lincolnshire. I am trying to contact relations of the late Alex Henshaw as I have some old documents and a picture which I hope they might be interested in. My late husband Douglas Peter Everitt's Father worked for the Henshaw family most of his working life and these papers etc. were found after his death. Could you please help me with the above, my telephone/fax no. is 01472601667
Thanking you in anticipation. Di. Everitt
Does anyone have a contact address with Alex Henshaw's son Alex, or any member of his family?
March 6th 2008 from Jeremy Stuehmeyer
Would you please update my enquiry dated September 24th 2004 with my new email address, OR even better, would you please enter the amended details below as a new entry, thank you greatly.
Jeremy Stuehmeyer Researcher & Genealogist Email firstname.lastname@example.org
I was told of an old story from the Sinclair side of my family, that way back in the Dickensian day's the Sinclair's of 'The Copse' a mansion house 'somewhere' near Newmarket Suffolk had a great disagreement, and one of the Sinclair's, a Warren Sinclair dropped Sinclair from his name, and so his surname became Warren, he had something to do with Warren Hill, I would love to know how?
Also; Where did the name 'Warren Hill' come from within Newmarket Race Course (with dates if possible)?
Did any 'Sinclair' have anything to do with the origins and set up of Newmarket Race Course?
'The Copse' Newmarket - I believe was a large house set in grounds, race horses and stabling, is this house still standing or know of today?
Is there a sketch, painting or photograph of the Sinclair's, Warren's or The Copse?
I look forward to hearing from you. Many thanks and regards Jeremy
We have informed Mr Stuehmeyer that Warren Hill was a name that existed as far back as the 18th century at least and came from the Warreners who used to look after the rabbits for food and sport. We have a picture dated 1790 Ed.)
March 5th 2008
Subject: 1914 Suffolk Regt
I am at present doing research concerning my grandfather's (Bert West) and great uncle's (James King) First World War career. They were both from Soham and in the 11th Suffolks. They joined on the same day - 8th Sept, 1914. I believe the recruiting station was Rothsay House. Am I right in believing that this is the King Edward VIIth Memorial Hall now? There was a recruitment meeting at the Jubilee Memorial Hall. Do you know where this is? I would be grateful for any information on the 11th Suffolks (who were, incidentally, almost exclusively Cambridgeshire men) and it's links to Newmarket and surrounding area. Any photos would be much appreciated. Hoping you can help. Regards, Ian Stebbing
Rothsay is opposite the Jockey Club and used to be the Estate Agents Jackson Stops and Staff. The Jubilee Memorial Hall was another name for the KE VII Memorial Hall. I think you will like the attached picture of Suffolk Regiment soldiers at Brickfields Camp Newmarket. Could even be that your grandfather and g/uncle were among them.(Webmaster)
February 25th 2008
Hi, I am trying to find a house my Dad, Harry Morrell Born 1914, lived in a long time ago, he used to work in the stables in Newmarket and trained to be a jockey. I always remember him saying the house was right by the racecourse. it had a big apple tree in it!
He did take us to the house in the late 1970's but being young I didn't take too much note. My Dad died recently and I am so sorry I didn't ask him when he was alive. Are there old maps of Newmarket for the 1930's era? My Dad also worked for Harry Wragg. I you could advise me where best to look I would be so grateful.
Kind Regards Anita Walsh
February 22nd 2008. We have received two queries about Newmarket's racing past that perhaps someome can help with.
What was the job of an 'Under Hanger' of 1891
Where was 'Choke Jade'
Reply from Tony Pringle NLHS member: "I see a query about Choke jade, which to my recollection is the gallop at the far end of the Ceasarwitch course, down towards the Swaffham Cut. Jade was a term for a broken down old nag, and I presume Choke had its normal connotations As to the other query, Underhanger, no idea".
February 20th 2008
I have recently purchased a Douglas 125cc scooter which I believe was originally supplied to Goldings Garage of Newmarket on 29th July 1952. I am interested to find any information and pictures of the old garage around this date. The only information that I know so far is: "Noel Vincent Sammy Golding 1901-1994 had a garage business in Newmarket, who lived in Burwell". I haven't as yet called into the present day Goldings Garage, and am unsure whether this is actually connected as I believe it is not on the original site. Can you assist in any way?
Thanks and regards Liz Ridley 07920 106911
Roger Newman has found a distant view of what we believe to be the garage, which was originally Lakemans and from the 1920s was run by Sammy Golding. We have supplied Liz with the picture. Are there any other memories of Goldings garage as it was? It still exists under the same name of course - Ed.
February 15th 2008
I used to work at the BBA's Hastiings Centre in Newmarket swimming horses about 15 years ago. Whilst I was there one of your members(quite a young man) who was compiling a video history of Newmarket filmed our work, it was an excellent record.
He kindly gave me a copy which sadly I have subsequently lost (I mistakingly lent it to someone!).Is it possible that this person is still in your society as I would really like to buy a copy of the video please as my family would like to have a copy.
Its possible I suppose that you may have a copy in an archive if so I would be more than willing to pay to have a copy made.
Yours sincerely Tony Howe
Andrew Smith, one of our members who recorded the video, was able to locate a copy and it was handed over to a grateful Tony Howe today (June 14th 2008)
February 8th 2008
From Tom Fulep
I was put onto you by Roger Newman in my quest to unravel a mystery. I am researching the history of John Brian Crisswell who moved to Newmarket from Ipswich in 1930 until he arrived in Derby in 1938. It's a complicated explanation why I am researching (a whole page article giving the strange story of a discarded briefcase containg many photographs and memoirs of J B Crisswell appeared in The Newmarket Journal February 7th 2008 issue)
It is believed that Mr Crisswell was born in 1920 and lived with his parents at Lauriston in Falmouth Avenue and attended the Cambridge Perse school between 1931 and 1937. He may have had family connections with Crisswells Garage and Crisswells the Drapers, both Newmarket businesses in the 1930s.
I wonder if you could give me some information on Stanley White Jeweller of Rous Road Newmarket. I recently bought a mantle clock with a label inside referring to this company. My internet search comes to nothing. I would be interested in anything you may have on this.
Thank you and kind regards Nigel Chesham Bucks
We had some difficulty tracing this one as Stanley White is not listed in the Trade Directories we have. However our good friend and supporter Roger Newman found a very convincing postcard in his large collection of Newmarket Cards which shows the shop in Rous Road with Stanley White's sign clearly displayed.(Ed).
January 24th 2008
Excellent web site.
My old dad told me that his aunt and uncle ran a toll gate/ pub in Newmarket. This was probably before 1900. Can you suggest where this may have been and how I could find out names of people who lived there?
Many thanks Martin King
We have Martin's e-address, has anyone the answer?
January 22nd 2008
Whilst carrying out a survey on a premises in the High Street, Newmarket I came across an old door which had etched in the glass "THE CRAVEN CLUB".
Beyond the door are some stairs which lead down to a basement area. In part of the basement there are a lot of old looking, empty, bottles.
As I cannot find anything about the Craven Club on the internet, I wonder if you could shed some light.
Regards Alan Tomlin
The Craven Club was a 'gentleman's club' catering mainly for owners, trainers and other prominent personalities in horseracing. It was originally located in the old Carlton Hotel, where Fred Astaire the film star was once a member (he owned a racehorse). Later it moved to Primrose House, further up the High Street, where traces of it still exist. Go to page 2 of the main NLHS site for pictures and a short article.
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