Thundridge Memories

A Wartime Childhood
By Joan Woolard (nee Skeeles)

I was born in Hertford County Hospital in 1938 and baptised Joan Margaret Beryl Skeeles at Thundridge parish church, a building designed by Benjamin Ferrey. Living at the Post Office Stores I was familiar with the Clarkson monument on the hill above Wadesmill and recently delighted to see the involvement of children from my old primary school involved in its refurbishment and re-siting. Coincidentally my present home in the south Lincolnshire village of Fleet boasts a Victorian rectory designed by the same Mr Ferrey whilst the nearby Fenland town of Wisbech was the birthplace of Thomas Clarkson; he is remembered in a very fine statue in the town centre.

To be continued...