Street Scene

Within this section you will find historical photographs specifically of street scenes from around the village.
We would really value information about any of the photos and people in them including dates, names, little stories, however trivial since it all adds to the interest. Use the comment form at the bottom of the page.

The Post Offices

Pictures of the really old post office, located in the middle of the village. The building is now a house called Martlets. Plus the more recent, closed post office that is next to the Parklands Hotel and Bottom Lane.

Photographer: Unknown

Ogbourne St George High Street

Some great views down the high street

Photographer: Unknown

Ogbourne St George High Street near Parklands Hotel

High Street in 1940s
This is a view showing the street much as it was in the 1940’s. Brian Mitchell says: “We lived in the Cottages that are now standing as one house today almost opposite the Parkland’s Hotel. The house was thatched in our years there as shown in this picture. My Aunt and Uncle Bill Roberts lived next door, and then stood a terrace of three Flint stone houses as shown in picture. In the first house of these cottages lived the Trotmans, next Mr Bill Miles and Family with Daughters Ivy( Cook ), Marge (Mc’Ivor) and Pearl (Sanford).Then the other end cottage lived Annie and Ernie Spackman. There was one more detached house which stood next to the existing farm barn and almost opposite the park gate and entrance.In this house lived Mr Mick D’Arcy, his wife Norma and children Greta, Patrick, Dougie, and Bernard. As kids we often had permission to use as a walk way through the living quarters to access entry to the fields behind where we were always playing football. The nearest other access was through Landy Lane on top of hill.

Photographer: Brian Mitchell’s family?

Jubbs Lane

Here are some great pictures of Jubbs lane before buildings were knocked down and the new houses were built

Photographer: Unknown

St Georges Close

A few pictures of the houses in St Georges Close following their completion. These houses were built on the site of an old transport cafe. If anyone has some pictures of the transport cafe we would love to show them here.

Photographer: Unknown

Liddiards Green

This collection of photographs were taken by Oliver Frost. The show the initial construction of roadway and drainage in 1952. Also the final construction stages, and village hall entrance at the time.

Photographer: Oliver Frost

The following pictures show the Liddiards Green area in 1954

Photographer: Oliver Frost

The Schools

The village has an infant school. Below we have pictures of the original school house and one of the classes there. Other pictures record the opening of the school in 1976 and a scene from about 15 years ago (if you are a car expert you may be able to date better!)

Photographer: Unknown

The by-pass

The by-pass was built in 1969/70. Here is a news clipping from that time.

Photographer: Unknown

The Railway Bridge

This collection of photographs were taken by Oliver Frost. They show the area of the village by the Inn with the Well. Some show the area as it was originally with the railway bridge. Others show the removal of the bridge and the building of a new by-pass bridge.

Photographer: Oliver Frost

Comments

  • Comment Author pat and chris mason
    Post Time Jul 27, 2008 at 9:37 pm
  • we spent a sunday night looking through this fantastic set of photos pat has only lived in st. andrew and st george and enjoyed trying to remember how it was.

  • Comment Author Terry Jones
    Post Time Aug 7, 2008 at 9:26 am
  • Really enjoyed the website and will try to find some more photos to add. We certailny have photos of the village school plays 1962 - 68 ish. I can name the majority of children in the school photo which I would guess was taken in 1967/8.

    I think the following is accurate, but am happy to be corrected by other visitors to the site if not!!

    Adults : Mr Perkins, June Jones (my Mum), Mrs Rose??, Commander Holt-Wilson, Mrs Kinnear.

    Back row: Phyllis Cripps, ?, Vivienne Winters, ?, Deborah Robbins, Caroline Haslam, ?, Charlotte Venghaus, Steven Clarke, Steven Ball, John Polden, Andrew Haslam.
    Next row: Terry Jones (me), Karen Bush, Yvonne Thomas, Geoffrey Winters, Christopher Hamblin, Lesley Hale-Jones, Susan Cripps, ?, ?, Rosie Ball, ?.
    Front row: Mandy Ball, Rosalind Lovelock, Susan Davies, Shirley Merritt, ?, Peter Jones (my brother), ?, ?, Steven Wiltshire, Emma Ormond, Donald Cook, Andrew Ball.

  • Comment Author shirley guyatt (merritt)
    Post Time Feb 19, 2009 at 3:23 pm
  • I’m in the front row,fourth from left.I think the boy to the right of Peter Jones is Richard Espley and the girl to the left of Rosie Ball is Kim Lane.I’m not sure but I think the girl to the left of Deborah Robbins in the back row is Susan Woodruff(dont know if thats the correct spelling).We may have some more photos to send in,we are in the process of trying to put names to faces at the moment.

  • Comment Author Ian Dobson
    Post Time Mar 14, 2009 at 7:14 pm
  • As a present resident of Liddiards Green it is very interesting to see the early photos of original field and the construction in 1952.

  • Comment Author Donald MacLean
    Post Time Sep 25, 2009 at 4:16 pm
  • Oops! Please correct the reference to my website … should be Blog 10.

  • Comment Author John Espley
    Post Time Feb 25, 2011 at 12:50 am
  • Concerning Shirley Guyatt’s (Merritt) comments of Feb 19 2009… you are quite correct in identifying my youngest brother, Richard Espley to the right of Peter Jones. Richard lived at Dragon House with our parents, Hazel and Vic Espley and his three brothers, myself, Stephen and Tom. He went on to Bradfield College before embarking on a career in the newspaper industry. In a change of direction some years later and as a mature student,Richard gained an MSc at the University of Reading. He is married to Angela, they have two children, Rupert and Olivia and have lived in Auckland, New Zealand for the past eight years. Richard is now a doctor of science and is attached to the New Zealand government in horticultural research. I will send him a link to this site as I know he will be interested in this snippet of history! John Espley

  • Comment Author Andy Haslam
    Post Time Mar 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm
  • Blimey what a shock!!
    I was given the website by my wife who has never been to UK, let alone been to Ogbourne St George and I find a school photo of myself (back row on the right in the blue jumper) and my sister Caroline ( 7 speces to the elft with a red headband) !!
    My memory fails me to the names but I do remember a lot of faces on that picture.
    I havent been back to Ogbourne since leaving the village in 1972 when I joined the Army, and now living in Southy Africa havent had much chance to return to visit!!

  • Comment Author Andy Haslam
    Post Time Mar 5, 2011 at 6:35 am
  • My other sister Janet is also in the picture ( front row 5th from the right) You can just see her face!
    She has told me that she was hiding due to the fact our Mother had given her a nice “basin” style hairdo!!!

  • Comment Author valerie jesson (hedges)
    Post Time Sep 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm
  • just finished looking at the pictures of the railway bridge. How fantastic to see me old home in pic 5 with the yew tree in the garden hence the name yew tree cottage. The most happiest years with my mum, dad, brother and sister were spent there before moving to 4 lydiard green til I was around 12 years old before moving to Swindon.

  • Comment Author Roslyn Jacobs
    Post Time Oct 11, 2012 at 2:43 am
  • Hi
    What a blast from the past. I am Roslyn Lovelock front row. I know we have so many photos of village life.
    I will have my Parents look some out. Both my Brother (Stewart) and I live abroad.

  • Comment Author Polly Morrow
    Post Time Apr 27, 2014 at 11:48 pm
  • I am an Espley by birth. Currently living in Calne, Wiltshire although I was born in Northern Ireland. My Grandfather was Arthur James Espley from Shropshire. Studied pharmacy at Birmingham University. I am in my sixties and I have a file of information which I can delve into should we be in some way related.

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