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by janet on 20 May 2012 · 9 comments

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Walkern History Society Committee

Chair: Dr Janet Woodall – 01438 860351 – janetwoodall60@gmail.com
Vice Chair: Keith Pitts – 01438 860341 – keith@keithpitts.co.uk 
Speaker secretary: Jane Pitts – 01438 860341 – jane@jane-martin.co.uk 
Treasurer: Roger Gullen – 01438 860374 – rgullen@btinternet.com
Membership secretary: Olga Ginn – 01438 861754 – olgaginn@btinternet.com
Carolyn Gardner – 01438 816833 – carolyn@gardner-family.uk
Eleanor Waldock – 01438 861206 –  eleanor.waldock@btopenworld.com
Philip Waldock – 01438 861206 – philip.waldock@btopenworld.com
Evelyn Tweedlie –
Debbie Curtis –
Dave Pengelly –
Paul Elliott – 07842536412 – pjtelliott@gmail.com

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Jean-Pierre December 12, 2017 at 1:04 pm

Très chères Janet et Brenda
Très chers toutes et tous,
Je voulais Janet et Brenda vous remercier très sincèrement, aussi toutes et tous, pour le très joli livre que vous m’avez hier soir offert : “Walkern a Magna Carta Village”. J’ai été et suis encore très touché de votre attention si chère; Ce livre est vraiment très beau, et dans les images et dans les textes, et j’aimerai tant un jour faire moi aussi un tel livre. Je confie à ces quelques mots le soin de vous dire mille autres choses aussi et de vous transmettre à vous Janet et Brenda une pensée toute personnelle. Recevez ma très sincère amitié. Votre dévoué. Jean-Pierre


Richard Bamforth May 19, 2015 at 8:36 pm

My son needs to hand in some home work for tomorrow 20/5/2015 titled How was Walkern affected during ww11

Does anyone have any history on the village during this period please?

Kind regards
Richard Bamforth


Trevor Wing February 19, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Hello, My Family name WING appear on all the Census Forms 1841 to 1871 in Walkern living at Bassetts Green Cottages Nos 149 or 141 and in 1871 written as 149 Clay End Hamlets.
They were Farm workers. Name of Farm unknown.
Can anyone provide any information on these dwellings or where they existed please?
Any information appreciated.
Than you so much


michelle October 19, 2013 at 7:56 pm


Does anyone have any photos of the cottages that were at church end, they are no longer there. I believe my family (young) lived in the Cambridge cottages.

Many thanks in advance.


Alan Young October 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Hi Michelle
I have a photo of most of the Young family outside their cottage which was a detached cottage next door to Cambridge Cottages


R M Currell October 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm

May have some old photographs available of this part of the village.


R M Currell October 12, 2013 at 5:35 pm

The comments regarding my home having been burnt to the ground are factually incorrect I beleive you are getting confused with properties owned by The Rev Pearman , who owned the Mill and Ernie Spearman,who converted the property into a Bakery when he arrived from Hertford in the late 1940’s prior to that date it had been two cottages so to speak under one roof and prior to that a Post Office as shown on the plans dating from 1926.

The fire that you are mentioning destroyed 90 and 88 etc which were rebuilt during the early 19th century. Despite misleading recollections the old photographs in my possession show the differences and this is borne out by the fact that many 17th century features are still present in my home including the entire roof structure, timber panelling and early casement windows, even the front door lock is period! hardly likely if it had been burnt to the ground and entirely destroyed as you misinform via your board!

Not only this but you have missed out many other properties details such as various farriers and blacksmiths premises in the High Street and the Three Horse shoes pub etc.


janet October 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Many thanks for your comments on number 94 High St.

Your property on the 1841 tithe map was owned by John Pearman of the White Lion, and his son and heir Daniel was definitely a baker and also the village post master at the location. They were related to George David Pearman of the Mill – John was GD Pearman’s uncle. Daniel’s son Charles Edward Pearman was also a baker and postmaster, seemingly until Ernest Spearman jnr took over – the Pearman/Spearman name is an odd coincidence. The reference to the fire was from a contemporary newspaper, and it appears they exaggerated the extent, and it’s great to know that is the case…

Board D does contain a piece on the Three Horseshoes, and also the two main blacksmithies (Laurels and at the corner of Totts Lane) – there may well have been others in the village – Manor Farm (Board C) had a forge for example – sadly there is not enough space on the six boards for everything, but the leaflets which we are compiling will help fill in some of the gaps.

With the vast amount of material and the time available there will inevitably be mistakes which we will correct in the next version of the boards. It was always hoped that more information would come to light as a result of the boards, and I would be very grateful to have a look at the information you have.
Best wishes
Janet Woodall


Christine Johnston February 9, 2013 at 6:33 pm


I am coming to Walkern weekend 1st March and have previously been in touch with Eleanor Waldock regarding accessing “Warner” church records and obtaining the key to see St Mary’s Church.

However I have yet to heard from Eleanor in response to my recent email to her. I should also like to know more of the “trail” and some info. regarding the village in general.

Is there anyone who can help? I do want to make the most of my visit to Walkern as I have substantial family history in this village.

With many thanks

Chris Johnston


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