Village people

The Bishop family

The Bishop family

This family group photo is captioned ‘The Bishop family of 29 Melton Road’. It looks like it was taken in the late ’50s – early ’60s. (Click on the photo to see it in full frame.) If anyone can put names to the faces, that would be wonderful. Simply leave a comment below, or get in touch using the contact page. I received the photo along with this one of Melton...

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Waltham WI c.1930

Waltham WI c.1930

Eric Wright has kindly let us scan this photograph of Waltham’s WI, taken (we think) in the doorway of Kevin Morgan’s old house opposite the Methodist Chapel in about 1930. And with the help of Jean Hurton, we think we’ve identified all the ladies (and one gent). If you can add any information about any of the ladies, please get in touch by clicking here. Click on the main...

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Waltham bell-ringers

Waltham bell-ringers

Click on image to view in full frame. This is the second photograph we have of a group of Waltham campanologists – both of which probably date back to the end of the 19th century (click here to view the other). I’m not sure, but the gent on the far right may also feature with the other group – as well as on the photo of a small local orchestra (click to view). But with many of...

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Waltham campanologists

Waltham campanologists

Click on image to view in full frame. The caption below this photograph of Waltham’s campanolgists records that it was taken in 1895. Some of the bell-ringers also feature in a photograph of another Waltham musical group (click here to view). There’s probably enough clues in the various roof lines to pinpoint where the photograph was taken. But I’ll leave that for someone else...

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Waltham boys band

Waltham boys band

Click on image to view in full frame. Judging by the dress – and facial hair of the gents at the back – this wonderful photo of a Waltham boys band must have taken around 1890. There’s some marvellous expressions on the faces of the boys – all having been told to look in a particular direction and hold still for the long exposure times needed in those days. The doorway in...

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Waltham band

Waltham band

Click on image to view in full frame. This photo of a group of grim-faced Waltham musicians was taken in the early 1900s. It’s copied from a print which has hung in the Marquis of Granby for quite some time. And was photographed through its glass frame – which probably explains the poor quality. Grouped around the two lady pianists are three violinists and two cello-players. The gent...

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