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Searching WW1 History

Can anyone help Tony Pringle with the following?   “Concerning 12850 Private Frederick DRAKE of 2nd Battalion Suffolk Regiment< ?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />   Born in Chippenham, Cambs 4th March 1895 (Newmarket Q2-1895  3b:535) Baptised St Margaret’s Chippenham (Cambs) on 9th June 1895 Son of Elias

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History project seeks wartime airfield memories

A community heritage project researching two historic local airfields wants to hear from local people who remember the foreign fliers who were based there. Rich Soil Rich Heritage, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, wants to hear from local people who remember the American, Polish and Belgian aviators based at RAF Snailwell and

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1935 Silver Jubilee in Chippenham

In one Jubilee year we can look back to another in Chippenham. 1935 marked the Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary.  Children at Chippenham School took part in the celebrations as the attached press cutting shows. Silver Jubilee 1935

Drake Family

I am researching my wifes family tree, her mother was Margaret Canfield Drake born in Chippenham, other family names are TRIBICK,DOWNING,MUNNS. I am also interested if anyone can shed light on the name CANFIELD.

Drake Family Tree Search

I have just visited the village of Chippenham and loved it.  After ten years of research I have traced my  family  the Drakes back to the village.  They are on the war memorial and in the church records. My great great grandfather Alfred Drake left the village in the 1860s and

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Chippenham at War

Between 1940 and 1946 Chippenham Park was used as a camp for the army, and after the war ended for Polish refugees. From 1940 to 1941 the west wing of Chippenham Hall was a maternity hospital.  The concrete track along the southern section of the Park wall between the Snailwell Road

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Chippenham History

The earliest area worked as arable was probably in the north of the parish near the Iron-Age settlement and Anglo-Saxon cemetery. Thremhowe and Flothowe fields, to the south-west of the village, have Scandinavian names, suggesting more intensive cultivation there following the 9th century Danish occupation. In the late 10th century

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Chippenham School

In 1708 Lord Orford founded and endowed a school where children were to be instructed in English and arithmetic, but if the schoolmaster taught Latin ‘or any other foreign tongue’ he was to be dismissed.  By 1712 a school had been built opposite the church which is now a private

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Battle of La Hogue

What has the village of Chippenham in Cambridgeshire got to do with a plot to depose the King of England and re-establish the Catholic Church in Britain? The battle of La Hogue took place in May 1692 between an allied British and Dutch fleet and a French force, on the

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