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VAD AUX Hospital Downham Market 1914-1919.

The VAD Auxiliary Hospital was opened in May 1915.     The buildings used were the Towers , and the Church Hall or St Edmunds Hall also the School room. This photograph is courtesy of Mike Bullen and shows the wounded and their nurses outside the back doors of the school room  ( with Charlie Chaplin […]

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Downham boys of WW2 .

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Herbert Raby , photographer.

By the year of Herbert`s birth 1888 , George Eastman had invented the Kodak camera . It took 100 individual images and then had to be returned to the factory for developing . The big glass plate cameras used by professional photographers which were in evidence here in 1911/1912 Trade Directories , would have been […]

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Downham Bells and Angels .

Throughout 2019 , the bells have been under the care of Taylors of Loughborough who have fitted an automatic chiming system . This allows for a peal of bells to be rung with the hour and for various hymns appropriate to the season to be rung . During the lengthy installation the workmen have taken […]

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Bexwell`s Charles Dean Prangley .

This photograph is the property of Marlborough College . Charles was born on 16th March 1897 in London , and baptised 25th July 1897 in Bebington , Cheshire . His parents were Charles Wilton Prangley and his wife Elizabeth Richardson , who were married in Hastings district in 1890 . His father was the son […]

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Land Tax Assessments 1791, 1810 , 1830 .

Land Tax Assessment 1791 .  NRO ref . Owners Land and Tenements Occupier Rent Gross taxes 1/4ly payment Bridgereeves of Downham Ho.Lands & tents Wm Waller £84.0. £16.16. £4.0. Bayfield, Benm Ho.. Self £9.10. Ho.. Beech? 15.s 14s 3s6d Stock 25£ £1.5s Barrett, Edmd Ho… Self £2.0.0. 8s 2s Bodger, Jno Ho and land E […]

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Captain Woodget of the Cutty Sark & Bexwell Road.

CAPT RICHARD WOODGET OF CUTTY SARK AND BEXWELL ROAD Burnham Norton church. June 2015. Richard Woodget was born on 21st November 1845 at Burnham Norton in Norfolk. His parents were Richard and Celia Woodget ; he had seven siblings at least three of whom died in infancy ; his brother William died aged 21 and […]

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RAF Downham Market.

RAF Downham Market has long been abandoned . The runways overgrown and the buildings mostly derelict with a few saved and adapted to small industrial units .  The farmland has been reclaimed and the whole airfield has returned to private ownership . The most recent over winter searches , with the farmer`s permission ,  ( Dec […]

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Downham Cavalry 1818

(W Wayman , 1890. Mr Howes , no 23 . First Sergant and Line Marker ) . “Copy of the Articles of Enrolment, and the Rules and Regulations of the Downham Cavalry, composed of Gentlemen and Yeomen in the Hundred and Half of Clackclose, in the county of Norfolk . Downham , Printed by Robert […]

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Downham boys of World War I

.WAR MEMORIAL IN ST EDMUND`S DOWNHAM MARKET WAR MEMORIAL DOWNHAM MARKET DOWNHAM`S FALLEN HEROES OF  THE GREAT WAR ASHBY , ARTHUR JOHN  . Born 1883 Rugby : in 1911 lodging with Mrs Elizabeth Canham in Bexwell Road  ; builders clerk . Enlisted Downham , Machine Gun Corps .  Killed in action in an air-raid on […]