Can you help identify?

by janet on 4 December 2011 · 12 comments

Can you help identify the people or locations in any of the photos on these pages?

Photos identified

Many thanks to Pauline Macmillan (nee Swain) for identifying the following photo as her aunt and uncle…

Peggy Swain, and her young brother Don, in Stevenage Road circa 1939

Thanks also to Stephen Lowe for identifying the cottage in the photo below. The Cottage is definitely Granary Cottage (At Walkern Gallery) 56 high Street and the people are probably Patricia Aldridge and her Mother, circa 1907

Granary cottage

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Tom McCall September 16, 2013 at 8:50 am

Hi Amy,
I believe it was agriculture land, part of Finches Farm, who had lots of pigs and cattle grazing at that time.


amy September 15, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Hellooo Please can you tell me what was there before Walkern School was built?
Thank you Amy x


Stephen Lowe February 8, 2013 at 12:52 pm

As the current incumbent of Granary Cottage I found a King George farthing (about the size of an old penny) in mint condition under the floorboards and presume it to have been placed there by the original builder in 1720. The coin is marked “George” and not George 1st


Tom McCall April 13, 2012 at 9:33 am

(west side)
7/11 No 56
House. Late Cl7, C19 extension at W end. Timber frame on stucco
sill, patent render with smooth plaster quoins. Steep red tile
roof. A 2-storeys, 3-cell, central-chimney, lobby-entry plan
house facing S, with 2-cell brick extension to W of same height.
Central chimney originallly a third from W end with rear lateral
external chimney to Eiroom (now reduced to eaves level). One
window on each floor in E gable on roadside. 3 windows to ground
floor on S front with doors between. 2 windows to 1st floor.
Flush casement wooden windows (renewed); 2-light above; 3-light
below. Formerly called Davis Farm.

I have also found another reference to Granary Cottage being known as Davis Farm on the British Listed Buildings Website as above.


Tom McCall April 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Just a correction on the Walkern Register of Electors comment above –

Jessica E Gray and Thomas Gray – Davis Farm, High Street (missed off High Street)!


Tom McCall April 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Re – Granary Cottage

I found a copy of this photo that use to belong to my late grandad (Cecil Beadle-Walkern resident for 80+ years) and it has written on it ‘Mrs Tom Gray and Bridget Gray at Davies Farm (now known as Granary Cottage)’
I have also found an entry on 1951 Walkern Register of Electors and it has down Jessica E Gray and Thomas Gray Davis Farm.
So perhaps it is Jessica Gray and daughter Bridget Gray. Does anyone know when Davies/Davis Farm became known as Granary Cottage?


Lynda Phillips September 7, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Jessica Gray was my great aunt and Bridget’s sister. Tom Gray had 4 daughters: – Margaret, Bridget, Muriel & Jessica (known as Dobbie).


Stephen Lowe February 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Re the unknown cottage and people picture.

The Cottage is definitely Granary Cottage 56 high Street and the people are Particia Aldridge and her Mother ?
We think the photo is circa 1907 but are not too sure.


Janet Smith April 8, 2016 at 7:16 am

I believe one of my family is a Mary Aldridge (d.1940) who had a sister Florence and brother John who was an art teacher. Mary Aldridge mother’s maiden name was Savage and the family lived in Walkern. Does anyone have any information about the family please? Thank you


Anne Kimpton Bennett February 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Great to see a super website from Walkern.
I visited your picturesque village two years ago as I discovered that my great great grandfather ISAAC KIMPTON was born there in 1818.
Isaac subsequently moved to work in South Yorkshire and finally settled in Worksop Nottinghamshire where I have lived throughout my life.
Isaac’s parents were JOHN KIMPTON and SARAH COX. I know very little about Isaac’s ancestors and the life they led on Frogall Lane but I noticed that the COX family still survive in the village.
Thanks again for a great website.I will continue to search for information relating to my ancestors.
Kind regards
Anne Bennett


Pauline Macmillan (Nee Swain) January 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Hello. I grew up in Walkern in the 1950/1960’s and I am the daughter of Vic and Joyce Swain. The third photo is of my Aunt, Peggy Swain, and her young brother Don. They lived in Froghall Lane until they moved to Stevenage Road. Ask Don Swain for confirmation via Eleanor Waldock. Love your website as I am currently tracing my family tree. Do you want any Walkern memories from the 50’s or 60’s!!!!!!!!!


Don Swain February 22, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Yes this is a picture of my Sister Peggy and me hidden by my Brother Vics Greyhound .
The picture was taken at the top of our garden at 5 Council Houses( now 78 Stevenage Road)
probably in 1939 long before the development of Moors Ley.
My wife Eileen and I meet with Philip and Eleanor Waldock ocassionally and we will discuss any
input for your marvellous web site. Also my niece Pauline has a vast range of pictures and many
Walkern memories.
I note that my cousin Les has contributed many of his family memoirs !!


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