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The Village People
Pictures of people from in and around Wangford

The Famous People of Wangford
The Rev. Samuel Chambers Kent born in Wangford 1825 died in Australia 1911.
He was the founding Principal of Camden Collage from 1864-1872, he was also First Pastor of the Newtown (a suburb of Sydney) Congregational Church from 1856-1872.
he was christened in the old Chapel in Norfolk Road on 2nd. Jan. 1826 by the Rev. Christopher Smear. He went on to have three wives and 15-16 children 11 surviving to adulthood.
(See the letter from Elizabeth in Austrailia in the Family History page.)

Hank Wangford the singer took his stage name from Wangford before that he was known as Sam Hutt.

On talking to him Karen O'brian from the shop has confirmed that he was not born in the village as it says on his website.

Derek Scott the talented musician who wrote the music for the Muppet Show (including the theme) and played the part of Rowlf, lived in the village with his dancing wife Sidi Scott who is still very involved with village activities. He worked with many of the top stars of TV and radio.

Bernie Ecclestone of F1 fame was brought up here as a child until the family moved to Bexleyheath Kent.

Ralph Fiennes the actor was born in Halesworth Cottage Hospital but spent his first few years at Elms Farm in Wangford.

Traders of 1846 in Wangford

The Rev. Wm. M. A. French, Perpetual Curate

Richard Andrews, Smith
William Barber, Boot & shoe maker
Mrs. Elizabeth Barber, Swan Inn
Stephen Baxter, wheelwright
Henry Benns, Boot maker
John Bicker & John Snell, timber mercs
William Boyce, Carpenter
William Sallows Boyce, Saddler
John Brown, Blacksmith
Robert Clark, Angel Commercial Inn
Robert Cleveland, Veterinary Surgeon
Miss. Harriett Cleveland, Dressmaker
John Croft, Lion Inn
Mrs. Matilda Cutts, Straw hat maker
Robert Cutts, Blacksmith
Robert Fuller, Baker
James Girling, Watchmaker
William Gooch, Maltster
John Herring, Plumber & painter
Mrs. Eliza Housego, Gardener & florist
Edward Howse, Grocer & butcher
Henry Lay, Surgeon
Miss. Clara Leak, Ladies School
Ezekiel Read, Grocer, draper & Postmaster
Benj. Reeve, Farmer & Maltster “The Elms”
Robert Reeve, Butcher
John Rolfe, Tailor
John Simons, Coach maker
Samuel Smith, Carpenter
John Smith, Glover
Sam Simpson, Sawyer’s Arms
George Sutten, Shoemaker
Mrs. Charlotte Tann, Corn merchant
Charles Taylor, Farmer
William Turner, Conveyancer
Robert Godfrey Turner, Miller
Charles Wales, Grocer, draper
Hamlet Watling, Schoolmaster
Robert Wells, Shoemaker
Charles Welton, Beer retailer
John Woolnough, Bricklayer
William Wright, Schoolmaster 
The rest of us
The people of Wangford at the start of the 21st Century
click photo to enlarge
Taken about 1978 this a school photo from Henham School
anybody you know?
The Howelds who run the Sawyers Arms
Mr. Edward Howeld, Norah Howeld, Bertie Kent, Florence Howeld ( school teacher at Uggashall ), Mrs. E. Howeld, Mrs. Rosie Howeld & Joan.
Mrs. R. A. Howeld, Stella Howeld, Mrs. E. Howeld, Mr. & Mrs. Victor Howeld
and their son Douglas at the top of Hill Road.
( The house is Hill Farm which was struck by lightning and burnt down. ) 
This was modern transport at one time.
Billy Blouwes owned this quadricycle
Frederick Rumbelow
Phillip Rumbelow, Frederick's Son
The village nurse, (this could be Nurse Ford conformation Please)
Mr. (Fred called Joe) Utting who run the Plough For many years.
He was also a horse dealer.
The Uttings
Fred Saunders, Tippo Redgrave, Arthur Saunders, ? , B. Smith. aboard the Earl of Stradbroke's boat (The Craft),
This was used to transport materials to top the river walls along the river Blyth from Wolsey creek on the north wall of the Blyth to beyond Blyburgh Hospital
Fred was born in Hill Road, Wangford in 1871, Arthur in 1876.
William Saunders A Marshman
Mrs. Fisk Sept.23rd 1928
Great Granmother Fisk & her Daughter Louie
The Fisks at Southwold. Note the wooden sea wall.
Mr & Mrs Walker with Mum & Dad Crowford 1924
Able Seaman Crowford 1917
Mrs Walker nee Crowford in 1920
Bert Walker in Hospital in 1917
And back to war in 1918
Flight Sargent Arthur Walker Sept.1941
sadly killed in 1942
Mrs. Aggie Wincup with her dog Nell 1929
outside the Round House
There is nothing quite like a new car. (who taught the dog to drive?)
Dr. C. H. Wight M.R.C.S, L.R.C.P, M.D. sadly died in 1950 aged 55.
He was at Oxford (Corpus Christi College) reading medicine at the start of WW1. Initially medical students were barred from enlisting.
On return from war undergraduates were not allowed to resume their courses (I think after a time this was changed, but too late for many). He went to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital to continue.
His first job was as house surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children at Bethnal Green in the East End. (Hospital still exists but under different name.) He evidently wanted to specialize in children's medicine, but this needed funds he had not got.
(Was a G.P. in York for a time?) Then Wangford, living 1st. in the doctor's Jessamine Cottage. He had a long partnership with Dr. Bracewell of Wrentham. (and his son Graham Bracewell later at Jessamine Cottage.)
He had a great interest in windmills and a passionate advocate of brown bread (wholemeal!) Despite traditional conservative views (or because¤ paternalistic) and was an early fosterer, of school meal provision (Henham). I read mention of this in an article by Charles Elliott in the old 'East Anglian Magazine'.
The National Health Service was too much physically for him. (Ill health & death 5 years after the war’s end: one of my teachers told me of knowing other youngish WW1 survivors who died quite soon after WW2)
All the form-filling: "Doctor, you'll soon need a secretary." "I am the secretary. You'll soon need a doctor." He'd have been horrified by those urban doctors who refused attendance, in crises, without being paid. And then the small common senses (still! )... the woman who swore by her regular medicine that he dispensed, which was tinted & presumably flavoured water, a placebo: she just needed a bit of attention/caring. He was interested in and not despising of some folk medicine.
E.g. Gypsies' use of mouldy apples as antiseptic (actually penicillin, it transpired later)... heated ginger beer bottle-mouths used to pop boils ... a Fanny Lay, who had a mysterious “my tile” ( an earthenware tile which she heated and kept at the small of Her back against arthritis pain).
The (still existing) Blythburgh surgery he set up in a private house (Lion House), in a room there.

(I admit he's my hero.)
Dr. C. H. Wight MC

The Wangford Players
"Is this your Life" 1960
L to R, Paul Scriven ( compere who also wrote the script) Joy Bedwell (Hill)
Fred Moss as Mr Green, JaneShephard, Jean Mills, Philip Rumbelow and Susan Wells.
Formed in 1954 under the auspices of the then vicar the Revd. O.E. Thomas,rehearsals
took place in the reading room (next to the vicarage) and subsequentlyin the British Legion Branch H.Q.
The annual shows of one act plays, musical and comedy acts, were firstly held in the W.I. Hut, then in the
 British Legion Branch H.Q. and finally in the new Community Centre wher their farewell proformance was held in 1976.
Final Performance 1976
Back row; BillBurrage, Gwen Stockdale, Leslie Reynolds, Joy Scriven, Fred Moss, Nan Prime and Charles Mills
Front row; Patrick Mills, Rosemary Reynolds, Joy Hill, Paul Scriven and Jane Shephard.
After 22 years the Wangford Players disbanded having proformed in 51 towns and villages in Suffolk and Norfolk, some on several occasions. Sufficent funds were raised through their annual Wangford Concert, and the small fees they charged to provide and organise an annual party for the over 65's. Often outside entertainers were brought in at that event. Over this period ther were a number of changes in the cast. In 1990 they regrouped for the second half of a show for charity in the Community Centre under the title
"The Wangford Players strike again"
The early Players
Mr. George Carter and his Indian wife Ada who he married in Cape Town in 1885
as you can imagine it caused quite a stir in the village.
George worked on the Henham estate as head groom until his unfortunate
accident in which he died aged 65.

For press cuttings Click Here or for the inquest Click Here

There are still members of the family living in Reydon and Carlton Colville. 
Annie Louisia Deed and Fred Deed they owned the Angel late 1920's early 30's
Taken about 1914
More Stockdales
Wounded Soldiers at Henham Hall 1914-18
Dr. Acton - one of the doctors, he is situated on the top step, the one (on right) with the light hat on.
Henham Hall Xmas 1916
An apprentice carpenter could earn as much as
£80.30p over 5 years if he's never sick.
Farm workers earned about 2 shillings or 10p a week at this time.
The Local Builders
Mr. Prime Blacksmith to see him at work click the picture.
The smithy is now a dog grooming parlor.
Mr. Prime Snr.
( The anvil is now retired to the back of a house in Norfolk Road )
George Keable centre, Mr. Martin the miller with the pipe.
Who are the others?
Berry Keable as lots of local people remember him.
George (Fire) Keable
George in Norfolk Road 1978
Nelly Keable when she worked as a Nanny at Henham Hall.
She lived with brother George in Thatch End, Hill Rd.
Harriet Emmerson seated, b1823 married William Woolner b1821.
They in turn had Emma Woolner born 1855 and will probably be the younger woman, with the infant, who married John Crisp b1856 of Beccles.
The child is more than likely my Grandmother Rosa Crisp b1880 died Dovercourt Essex 1978 as this photo was in her parlor for ever.
Regards James H. Seaman
Glady with Fred and Annie Deed
Henham School Fete
Henham School Fete
This is thought to be the 1953-54 Football Team

K.Barbrook, Les English, Dykie Plant, Blondie Canman, Eddie Lytoon & Harry Parker
John Eppy, Jock Davison, Derick Walker, Barny Smith (Capt.) Ernie Eastaugh, &

Ray Smith
The 4th Earl hands out Football Trophies.


As always more to come

Pumps & Wells

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The longest serving well in Wangford is at the old Wangford Farm it was in use until about 1975 over 300 years. The farm dates back to the 1600's and the well is 16.5 Meters deep including the 12 foot of water in the bottom. The present owner is restoring the old barn back to it's original condition.
 The oldest well in the village? Some say 1622 some say 1755 both are wrong the deeds date back to 1722.
 The pump & well for the 1st. two Council houses to be built in Wangford. Built for Council employees they hid them up Duck Lane.
 The Pump from The Lion.
 The main well at Elms Farm (very deep) must be 16 century.
 The Soft water well at Elms Farm.
These are the Pumps and well at the last Police House in Wangford on the A12 built 1936. The little pump at the end is for the cess pit, if it got too full you pump it out onto the garden.(great for the roses) (I wonder why someone broke the handle off !)
This was the pump for The Swan Hotel, the Bakery next door and the old Post Office. Until the late 30's early 40's all the bread and cakes for the Bakery were made from water drawn from this pump.
Indoor plumbing in the Doctor's house in Norfolk Road. It looks like one of the pumps feed a tank upstairs. (This is the only indoor plumbing of well water in the village, unless you know of more!)
Is this the last working well pump in Wangford? David cleaned it up oiled the seals & away she went. built in about 1939 it must be one of the last wells sank. It has a concrete sleeve. 
 Built in 2004 finished 2005 a new well? No just a big flower pot.
The well for the post mill is still there it has been capped and is about 60 ft. deep.
There was a well at the Plough but I think it has now become just a bit of the car park.

Wells are usually built before the dwelling, as you need the water to build it. 

 Do you know of any more?

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