It All Started With A Letter From Colditz – talk by Christine Wootton

Report on the joint meeting of Bracknell & Wokingham Branch with Abingdon Branch                                                                                                            by Bryan Pledger A few years ago Radley History Club was given a letter sent from Colditz Castle, a prisoner of war camp during WW2, which was written by Charles Lockett to his wife Evelyn who lived in their rented home in Radley.  Stanley Baker the club’s archivist asked Christine whether she would like to research who Charles Lockett was.    Christine discovered that Charles was born at ‘The Woodlands’ on the Welsh Road at Childer Thornton, Wirral, in Cheshire in 1910.  He joined the RAF in 1931 and married Evelyn Mason in 1933.  After the marriage…

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Wokingham’s Leading Families – talk by Peter Must

Three Wokingham Families by Peter Must reported by Bryan Pledger. The talk started with a photograph of the blue plaque on Montague House in Broad Street stating the house was named after Henry Montague, a schoolmaster in 1654. The Winkfield records of the Mountagues from 1538 in the Berkshire Record Office has the Will of Thomas Mountague 1628.  There is a plaque to him in Winkfield Parish Church.  He died on 31st March 1630.  His Will divided his estate between Henry and his sons Henry and Zacheus, and his brother Jonas and his son Thomas. From the Book of Clerics, Henry c1573 -1632 was in 1610 a schoolmaster in Oakingham.  William Whitlock, Lord of the Manor of Beches, Wokingham’s mother -in-law in her Will appointed her friend Henry Mountague to be an overseer.  Henry married and had children including Henry, Thomas and Zacheus.  He died in 1634 and in his Will, signed Henry Mountague, listed a house in Wokingham that included a School…

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