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Robertsbridge, East Sussex
« on: Saturday 09 February 19 21:27 GMT (UK) »
Can somebody help me please?
I am researching my family history: WILLARDS in SALEHURST and ROBERTSBRIDGE.
 
My name is Roy Willard and I was born 1946 in Robertsbridge, one of three sons to George Alfred Willard and Lilian Josephine Willard nee Williams.  Through this website and others I have found out a lot of information about my family and am very grateful for it.

Up until at least 1929, my Grandfather: George Henry Willard, wife Ethel Willard nee Every, their children: Florence Alice, George Alfred (my Dad), Violet Elsie, Holman Frederick, Doreen Ada, Roy, Joy and Jean all lived at The Clappers, North Street, Robertsbridge, their house was adjacent to the Level Crossing of the Kent & East Sussex Railway (K.&.E.S.R), indeed my Grandfather was employed all his working life by K.&.E.S.R.

I am trying to find out the history of The Clappers, who lived there and also when it was demolished.  I know from experience that every winter the River Rother overflowed it's banks and flooded the adjacent fields and properties.  The Clappers was one of these and the occupants over the years had to take refuge on the 1st floor level.

I would appreciate if anybody has old photographs of The Clappers and knowledge of people who lived there.

Thank you

Roy Willard

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Re: Robertsbridge, East Sussex
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 10 February 19 15:30 GMT (UK) »
Have you considered getting in touch with the Robertsbridge Archaeological Society?  Link to their website:-

 http://www.robertsbridgevillagehall.co.uk/page11.htm

They may be able to help you with photos and information.
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Re: Robertsbridge, East Sussex
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 10 February 19 15:43 GMT (UK) »
Thank you
I will do that
Regards
Roy Willard

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Re: Robertsbridge, East Sussex
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 10 February 19 16:43 GMT (UK) »
Hi Roy,     


George Henry married Ethel (18) in 1909     

Florence born 1910, George Dec/1911     

So no prev history in Robertsbridge to match your family as listed.     
There are 2x other Willard dwellings.


Currently,The Clappers the name of a "road".     
and there is a Willard Farm.     

I could find no evidence of dwelling named as such.     
I'd be happy to be proved wrong     

What is your source of that address?     


Florence,George,Ethel lived in EastStreet       

There is another Willard/Every birth in 1938 that you have not mentioned. . . . .


Ray



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Re: Robertsbridge, East Sussex
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 10 February 19 19:20 GMT (UK) »
Hello Ray
Thanks for your quick response, with regard to my Grandfather: George Henry Willard, his wife Ethel and all of his children, I knew all of them except Roy who was my father's brother and died from his war wounds in December 1944.  I was born May 1940's

You are right: George, Ethel, Florence and my Dad George lived in East Street at number 14, my Dad was born there on 5th November 1911.

My Dad's other siblings were born either in: East Street or the Clappers.
Violet born 1913
Holman 1915
Doreen 1918
Roy 1920
Joy 1920's
Jean 1920's born at Clappers

In 1929 my Dad had an accident whereby his arm was broken, this incident was published in Local Newspapers and his address given as the Clappers Cottages.

Between 1929 and 1939 George H. Willard and his family moved to Bellhurst Cottages in Robertsbridge.

By 1939 George H. Willard was living at Western Villas, Station Road, Robertsbridge with his wife Ethel and daughters:
Florence Eason nee Willard,
Joy Carter nee Willard,
Violet Bradley nee Willard
and younger daughters Jean and Shirley.

My Dad had married my Mum Lilian J.Williams, 21st November 1936 and by 1939 my Mum and my two older brothers: Laurence b.1937 and David b.1939 were living at 38 High Street, Robertsbridge.

My Dad and younger brother Roy joined the Royal Sussex Regiment in 1939, Dad's other brother: Holman (called Fred) had joined the Royal Air Force.

Hopefully I have attached a photograph of the Clappers, I tried earlier but it was 'too big'.

I have tried and tried to find other photo's of the Clappers, but to no avail.  My Dad's sisters: Joy, Jean and Shirley are still with us and their memories are very good at the ages of 90's, 90's and 80's years, however with regard to dates and moving etc I have tried not to ask too much.

So again, thank you for your help I do appreciate it.  Look forward to hearing from you.
With regard to the photo, only the corner of the Clappers is visible.

Regards

Roy

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Re: Robertsbridge, East Sussex
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 10 February 19 19:40 GMT (UK) »
Hi Roy,     

You mentioned the name "Sh.....y" (b1936) which was earlier missing.     
I am not naming her because I am unaware of whether she is still alive and Rootschat has a "no living" rule.She has a mother's maiden name of every not williams?
 
I notice that your pic is entitled "1,Clappers", so Clappers is a row (now road) not an individual dwelling . . . . . ?     


Cheers!     
Ray


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Re: Robertsbridge, East Sussex
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 10 February 19 20:26 GMT (UK) »
Hi     

Building at the "s" end of Clappers?     

https://maps.nls.uk/view/101434515

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Re: Robertsbridge, East Sussex
« Reply #7 on: Monday 11 February 19 08:27 GMT (UK) »
You might find this site helpful.
https://www.mandywillard.co.uk/

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Re: Robertsbridge, East Sussex
« Reply #8 on: Monday 11 February 19 10:34 GMT (UK) »
Silligen
Thank you, I will take a closer look at Mandy Willard's website.
Regards
Roy

Ray
Thanks for pointing out to me about relatives, people still living, my three aunts (my Dad's sisters) are still with us.
In conversations with people, 'Clappers' has been named just as: Clappers, The Clappers or Clappers Cottages.  I guess: Clappers Cottages' is historically correct for the period I am looking at.
Whereas today it is more of a location.
Thanks again
Regards
Roy