The start of a long association with Ham – by Mildred Howes

I have lived in Ham for over 50 years and have had connections with the area all my life. As a child our family used to come to Ham regularly and had friends here… My story really starts before I was born. My grandfather (who lived in Richmond) was lost at sea in 1918 near the end of the first world war and my father, who was 8, and his older brother were rather left to their own devices as my grandmother went to pieces and took to drink – nowadays she would be called an alcoholic, but then was […]

Using the services of the District Nurse – by MG

I had, I think it was chicken pox and the first time I remember, I was about sixteen, before I ever saw a doctor, we never had a doctor.  Granny Sanders, she used to have sort of natural remedies and we used to have those and I can remember Mum calling in the District Nurse just to look at me, that I’d got chickenpox.  I don’t know if it was a notifiable disease then, I don’t know, possibly it was.  Sixteen before I ever went to a doctor, because I can remember I had ringworm… Mum was quite upset, because […]

Local Midwife -by KS

Right on the corner there used to be the district nurse, the local midwife, (On the corner of the alley) before Simpson because this was Simpson Rd.

Buses and the 1950s smog – by KS

I used to walk up to the New Inn at the bus stop, the original bus stop isn’t there now but yes, used to walk up to the New Inn and get the 65, get off at the station and walk down the alley to the school. I used to be able to cycle nearly all the way up Star Hill.  You know the little slip road at the top – I could get as far as that – could never ever manage that last bit and in the winter when it was thick with smog you used to walk, […]