Feltham middlesex history

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Feltham is a large town in Greater London, England, about 13 miles (21 km) Feltham formed an ancient affluent parish in the Spelthorne hundred of Middlesex. The Domesday Book records 21 households and an. Historical description. Feltham, a village and a parish in Middlesex. The village stands on the L. & S.W.R., near the Longford river, 4½ miles E by N of Staines;. A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 2, General; Ashford, East Bedfont With Hatton, Feltham, Hampton With Hampton Wick, Hanworth, Laleham.

Wartime in Feltham, Middlesex. Dad had a friend at work, Mr. Hooper. He said if anything should happen and we should need to get away then he and his family​. "FELTHAM, a parish in the hundred of Spelthorne, county Middlesex, 4 miles S.E. of Staines, and 13½ S.W. of London. " (There is more of this description). A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 2, General; Ashford, East Bedfont With Hatton, Feltham, Hampton With Hampton Wick, Hanworth, Laleham.

Wartime in Feltham, Middlesex. Dad had a friend at work, Mr. Hooper. He said if anything should happen and we should need to get away then he and his family​. The name means 'a home in the felled part of woods'. Feltham is a large town in Greater London, England, about 13 miles (21 km) Feltham formed an ancient affluent parish in the Spelthorne hundred of Middlesex. The Domesday Book records 21 households and an.






Dad had a friend at work, Mr. Feltham said if anything should happen and we should need to get away then he and his family would put us up at his home in a place called Feltham, in Middlesex. We had been bombed out of our home feltham St. So, off to Feltham we went. This was only till we could get a place of our own somewhere. It was now September 21sttwo days before my birthday. I little realized how long I would stay in Feltham. We boarded a train at Waterloo Station. Feltham could have been the other end of the earth for all I knew and I gazed history all the greenery as we as we flashed by in the train.

London was soon left behind. Once we passed Barnes middlesex were only odd rows of houses and both Peter and I marvelled at the miles of grass and trees, Bedlam Park paled into insignificance when compared to open spaces like these. Feltham was still a village at that time. It had some estates of brand new semi-detached houses with gardens both front history rear. And Mr. Hooper was waiting for us at the little station. We left the station, passed a few caravans and then crossed middlesex huge field along a little track that ran round an immense lake that I learnt later was a disused gravel pit.

There were many gravel pits in Feltham. We stopped at a neat house with a green door, a garden in front and a huge back garden too. We only stayed there three days. Feltham had a number of nearly new houses, all empty, as well as lots of middlesex old houses. It was easy to find a house we liked. We liked all of them and were spoilt for choice. We soon settled on Hounslow Road, a big family house with a big garden and a field behind it. The field had horses in it! Dad rode all twelve miles from the Elephant up beside the driver with what they could rescue and we had a semblance of a home middlesex.

It was strange at first. I was used to the noise of air raids which, at the time, Feltham had very few of. I was not used to living in a modern house like this. I had been brought up amongst rows of small Victorian terraced houses and large blocks of flats.

The Elephant had been a busy place with shops everywhere. The quiet of our new home with no trams going past the door took some getting history to. The furniture had to be cleaned before being used. It middlesex covered in dirt and brick-dust and the big book bureau that they had somehow managed to get out of our flat had all its glass broken and its back, which had been against the wall, was full of bomb-splinter holes.

Dad soon mended the glass, but the back of the bureau had those splinter-holes to the day it was sold. The one thing that arrived before the furniture was the gas cooker. Dad was dismantling it and bringing it piecemeal down to Feltham, a bit each night on the train from Waterloo. We no longer had to cook on the iron range, known as a Kitchener; we had a proper gas history and a place to put it. We had a purpose-built kitchenette with a gas point to fit it to and we also had electric lights!

We had never had electricity laid on middlesex and Pete middlesex great fun switching lights on and off every time he entered or left a room. But back to the cooker! First came the burners, next the grill and so on.

That grill was the cause of a panic in the train carriage when it came down. Dad had carefully wrapped it in brown paper to disguise history and was carrying it surreptitiously on his lap as the train carried him to Feltham. When a raid started, as it always did, the train came to an abrupt halt and the one dim electric light bulb, which was all that illuminated the carriage went out.

The passengers all sat in the blacked-out carriage, silently praying to themselves, waiting for the bombs…This particular night a stick of bombs came down, thankfully too far to do any damage but with one accord everyone in the carriage threw themselves to the floor.

A sudden yell rang out. In the foot! Oh my God! Unable to see a thing in the dark they carefully felt around his legs only to find both feet firmly attached. He sat there hugging it the rest of the way home. Furniture history at a premium. It was marked with the Utility brand.

This was like two little Dutch cheeses with a narrow slice taken out of them. Even now, in some house-clearance shops and charity shops you can still come across some Utility articles today! I started to attend Longford Senior School. Ashford County School was the nearest Grammar School. In Feltham my scholarship counted for nought.

Wartime schooldays in Feltham were middlesex very short and punctuated by frequent trips to the air raid shelters. We continued our lessons in the shelters and I was getting more schooling than I had had for a feltham time. But the incentive was gone. Hitler had put paid to that. Longford seemed to concentrate more on sports. I learned how to grow long, straight carrots. The trick was to time your journey to school just right, so you would get to the school gates as the siren sounded, then about face and dash home like mad so that we got to our field before the teacher on duty at middlesex gate could usher us into the feltham shelters.

My memories of that period seem to consist of dashing to and fro between Longford School history Hounslow Road. We had a Morrison Air Raid Shelter. It was like a huge iron table. We erected it in our back downstairs room against the centre wall of the house. It had a thick steel mesh on all four sides. At one end the mesh lifted off and we all crawled in with our Thermos flasks and a history or five, the ever-present gas mask, the dog and we spent our nights in relative comfort.

We had feltham type, mainly I suppose, because we had feltham such faith in our old deal kitchen table that had saved middlesex when a bomb landed on our buildings in the Elephant and Castle. But we had now added a thick black curtain all the way round the shelter. We knew just what damage flying glass could do. At the end of our garden there was a middlesex field with a hatch-work of trenches about four feet deep criss-crossing it.

These were originally intended for foundations for an estate feltham houses that eventually became Field Road, off Hounslow Road. The war held up the building history that estate for several years. The first houses to be built there after the war were pre-fabs. We ran wild in that huge field, about eight of us.

Oh, and two horses, which we left severely alone. Most of the time they history out pulling Mr. There were plenty of places around us just made for youngsters. Toys were scarce in feltham days. A stick became a gun if you looked at it right and feltham spent our time as Tom Mix or Buck History and there were enough trees about to give us a good game of Tarzan, the youngest always became Cheetah.

We made full use of what we had around us. And then a new threat entered our lives. Sending over bomber planes was proving too costly in men and machines. So they turned to a new weapon they had devised, the Flying Bomb. They were launched from Pas-De-Calais in France from secret ramps they built there and they flew in a semblance of a straight line till they ran out of fuel.

When they crashed the 2, lbs. The R. They would fly alongside them, edging closer till their wing tip crept under the wing of the Doodle then give a flip and throw the Doodle off course so it crashed early. This manoeuvre took place over Kent where the bomb would, hopefully, explode relatively safely, thereby saving many lives.

The Doodlebugs had no pilot so the Germans obviously intended to kill men, women and children, indiscriminately. The first time I saw one I was in our back garden. We knew nothing about this new weapon feltham and when I heard this strange, coarse-sounding engine I scanned the skies. You could easily recognise a German plane from an English one.

The German engines had a kind of a droning sound while the English ones had more of a roar. But this one sounded wrong. Suddenly I saw this strange little plane and it was on fire at the back.

According to the Domesday Survey there were two manors in Feltham before the Conquest; one consisting of 5 hides was held by a vassal of King Edward, the other, consisting of 7 hides, was held by a vassal of Earl Harold. The grant was probably made to Richard de Redvers, who received many gifts of land in return for his services to Henry I before the latter's accession, fn. Giles in the Fields. In the latter conveyed all his right in the manor to Henry III, together with his right in Kempton Manor in Sunbury parish, in exchange for the manors of Aylsham in Norfolk and Westhall in Suffolk.

In the 'perquisites and issues of the courts, all franchises, privileges, emoluments, and hereditaments' in Feltham were granted to Sir William Killigrew with a lease of Kempton Manor and park for eighty years. Sir William's son, Sir Robert, obtained a grant in free socage of the same manor and park in , presumably with the same rights over Feltham; for the deed recites the grant to Sir William of the courts and profits of the courts, and other emoluments in Feltham, although in the ensuing confirmation to Sir Robert, Feltham is not mentioned by name.

There is evidence that courts were held there by the lords of Kempton in and The grant of jurisdiction in Feltham and Kempton to Sir William Killigrew in did not of course affect the king's possession of his lands in Feltham vide supra.

In Francis Lord Cottington received a grant through his trustees, Sir Henry Browne and John Cliffe, of these lands under the title of 'all lands, tenements, and hereditaments known as the manor of Feltham,' together with certain specified tenements. Fish, who himself died before By an order stated in the court roll for no person was allowed 'to bring or receive into the parish of Feltham or to entertain there any foreigner or stranger as an inhabitant' without the consent of the majority of the parish, and without giving security to the churchwardens or overseers of the poor for the care of any such 'foreigner.

The parish not being inclosed at that time there was a great expanse of common pasture for pigs, and consequently two 'hogg-drivers' were appointed for the year in the manor court. Reye, Ray, Raye, xvi and xvii cents. William de Vernon gave land in Feltham to the convent of Cheshunt, fn.

At the instance of Dionysia, Prioress of Cheshunt, and as the result of a lawsuit which was perhaps collusive, Agnes conveyed her land in to John the Warrener of Kempton, to hold at a yearly rent of 7 s. Giles in , in return for other lands in Feltham which Henry VII had taken for the enlargement of Hanworth Park, and for which no recompense had been made.

Giles had been ceded to the Crown in , the Rye was granted to John Welbeck in , on a lease of twenty-one years. It was included in the grant of the manor to the trustees of Lord Cottington in , fn.

About 40 acres of land had belonged to Thomas atte Brugge, who held of the king, and these had been acquired by John le Hauberger from Thomas le Spenser in the preceding reign. On payment of a fine, however, the offence was pardoned, and John le Hauberger was allowed to enter again into possession in Giles, fn.

A farm of this name was bought from Nicholas Townly by Francis Lord Cottington in the 17th century, fn. The Hospital of St. Giles in the Fields received a grant of land in Feltham at an early date from Earl Baldwin de Redvers.

In the reign of John the master and brethren of St. Giles granted land in Feltham to Robert Simple at a yearly rent of 14 s. He was also to give to the hospital a tenth of the produce of the land, and a third of all his chattels at his death, in return for which the land was secured to him and his heirs, though he could neither pledge nor alienate it, and the hospital undertook to compel the villeins on the estate to work for him. It was perhaps the same house which was mentioned in as in the custody of Robert Simple.

An inquiry was then made as to the advisability of stopping up a way in the village of Feltham which led to the village well through the middle court of the house belonging to St. Giles held the rectory manor until , when, in exchange for the manor of Burton Lazars, it was ceded to the king. From that time the rectory and manor have passed through the same hands. The church of ST. DUNSTAN has a nave and chancel of equal width, built in , with a west tower and wooden spire covered with shingles.

North and south aisles, in a feeble Romanesque style, were added in , and to the north of the chancel is a vestry. The whole is built of yellow and purple stock bricks, with round-headed windows, and has no architectural merit; but being set in a thicklyplanted churchyard, with a path shaded by yews leading to its principal doorway in the west wall of the tower, can hardly be said to detract from the simple charms of its surroundings.

It retains its high pews, and a western gallery, and has nothing worthy of note beyond a tablet to Sir Thomas Crewe of Steane, Northamptonshire, The plate consists of a flagon of , 'the gift of Henry Capel to Feltham ,' two chalices of , a paten of , and a credence paten of , all presented in ; there is also a large secular Georgian salver of presented in The registers previous to were burnt in a fire in that year, and the earliest now existing are in two books in which those from onward are placed in irregular order; a third contains baptisms to ; a fourth marriages from to in printed forms, and a fifth burials and The church is first mentioned in a 12th-century grant, when it was given to the Hospital of St.

In , when the brethren of St. Giles were resisting the claim of the Bishop of London to exercise jurisdiction over the hospital and all its possessions, a special exception was made in the case of Feltham, and it was stated that as the church was quite outside London, yet in the diocese of London, the bishops had been wont to make visitation there, and apparently they continued to do so.

Giles, with the church of Feltham, to the abbey of St. Mary Graces by the Tower of London. Giles was confirmed to the monastery of Burton Lazars by Henry V. When the master of Burton ceded the rectory manor of Feltham to the king in the church was excepted from the grant, fn. On the confiscation of Lord Cottington's estates in the advowson was assigned with the manor to John Bradshaw.

It continued with the manor q. Albans in , fn. The Rev. Joseph Morris held it from about to , fn. Bradfield until about It then came to Charles E.

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