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POSTCARDS OF IVER


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For more information on Iver Parish Council, see:
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Platt's Store in Iver (Gathergood family at front; Charlie Aylesbury, Manager at Rear) - my thanks to Peter Phillips, grandson of Mr Aylesbury, for supplying the information, August 2014

Iver village Post Office and Old Methodist Church (after 1924)

Note 'new' churchyard behind church (late 1930s)


The PLAZA cinema in Riching's Park (site now flats near to Iver station)

'Brickies' Outing - outside 'Fox & Pheasant' (1920s/30s)

Iver Temperance Brass Band 1913-14

Miss Ward's Home, Colne House

Rear view


Iver from church tower (pre 1938 - Service Garage not in existence nor Estate Agents or Newsagents built)

High Street 1940s - Mrs Blakes at her cottage next to The Swan

1940s - returning by bike from visiting a grave at Stoke Poges

'Salute the Soldier Week' WWII

Iver scouts


'Sparrows Farm', Love Green Lane - the smell was as bad as the look; milk churns were cooled in the stream which led to the pond (1930s)

Also known as 'Love Green Farm'


Sparrows Milk Cart (hand-filled bottles with cardboard tops); Leonard Hucker of Wexham Street (1933)


Tennis parties 1921-22

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Toc H is an international movement instigated by the Reverned Philip 'Tubby' Clayton as a way to perpetuate the Fellowship developed in Talbit House, a soliers' club run by him in Poperinge, Belgium from 1915-18.  The name is from the contemporary phonetic alphabet for TH (Talbot House) .


Unfortunately, Toc H was brought to a critical stage at the end of the 20th century, facing declining membership, limited attendance at branch meetings and a financial crisis.  Thanks to an extensive property portfolio, the sale of this allowed it to meet its obligations but all paid staff had to be made redundant in 2008.  It is now run entirely by volunteers - but stands proud in its mission to bring people together in reconciliation and reach out to those members of society most in need.

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'Pageant of Books' (1952) - Wooden Horse from RAF Uxbridge Camp (Arabian Nights)

Iver High Street from church tower (after 1951)
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From 1950

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The Swan  (Photo: © Matthew Chadwell)





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Local history writings by Pamela Chadwell:

HOSPITAL CARE IN AND AROUND IVER

"Iver and District Cottage Hospital was sited at the corner of the High Street and Langley Road. Teeth were pulled, babies delivered and emergencies dealt with.  A Langley man walked with friends from George Green, where he had a bad accident, to the hospital.  He was told he needed surgery and had to make his own way, still bleeding, to Windsor Hospital.  There, part of his hand was removed and when he recovered he had a hook fitted.  he was able to earn his living as a farm labourer despite this handicap, as told by Mr Beckett of Langley (who was a relative).

Infectious diseases were dealt with at the Isolation Hospital in the fields of Cippenham.  In the late 1920s Leonard Chadwell brought his son home on the back of his push-bike.  In 1935 neither Bakers nor Weatherleys, the hire car firms would collect people from this hospital and it was only the kindness of Jo Cotton of Love Lane was I able to come home mid-week, when my father was at work.  I was able to walk after weeks in bed but no arrangements were made to help in any way.

A new hospital was opened in Widecroft Avenue by the Duke of Kent, of which we had high hopes.  Besides a Small Operations ward, there was to be a Maternity Ward, for which money was collected.  However, once the National Health Service took over, Iver lost the few facilities it had.  In the 1940s, local babies were delivered at Taplow Memorial Hospital or at Upton, where the old workhouse building was used.

After the death of  Tony Chadwell's grandmother's first child by the drunken, incompetent doctor who lived next door, she fought hard for a District Nurse for the village.  A bungalow was bought in Widecroft Avenue and nurses, supported by subscription, were established, who did a great job until Nationalisation took over.

IVER IN THE 19TH CENTURY

"Can we try and imagine what Iver village looked like in 1851?  The water table was higher and there were ponds which probably stagnated in the summer to add to the smells of horses, manure, chickens running free and no sanitation or dustbins.  The stream which ran down by the church carried away much surface water, but with no gutters on the poorer houses the road surface was probably thick with mud in winter and inches deep in dust in the summer.  No wonder ladies wore 'pattens' on their feet to keep out the mud. 

Although several women called themselves 'washer women' it is not known if they worked at home or in the laundry which existed in Bangors Road, sometime before 1895 - when Croft Cottages were built on its drying ground by the Chadwells who owned the site.  Fine ash was used to rub the clothes in the tub but most things were boiled in a copper, the water being drawn from one of the wells.  It was a tough, hard job with clothes dried indoors in winter .  The hand irons of various sizes were heated in front of the fire.  No wonder many wsher women resorted to a jug of beer or cider to replace their sweat.  Clothes were heavy and expected to last for years but many people must have worn ragged and patched ones as there was little money to buy new sets. 

There was plenty of work for the boot menders, which were worn by both sexes.  Children would go barefoot in the summer and probably winter too.  The death rate for children was high, most families expected to lose several children to digestive upsets at weaning and infectious diseases later.  TB was a killer disease at all ages.  There seems to have been no local doctor, though there must have been a midwife and a nurse, also a herb woman who sold remedies.  Wealthier neighbours helped with soup and food in times of trouble but times were hard".

In the 1851 Census 121 families of the same name were born in the village.  Of these, 66 were also in the 1801 Census.  The oldest family business, was the CHADWELL's founded in 1860 (closed in 1980).  There are no longer any Chadwells living in the village (at least not 'official' - there is evidence of a number of 'unofficial' ones).  No one else mentioned in the 1851 Census remains in business.  There are no old family homes.  Three generations is the longest anyone stays.  People come here for homes and jobs.  It is impossible to say if any of the 1920s influx will stay at Richings Park [Chris Chadwell - a number of residents and active Iver and District Countryside Associations members have moved to Twyford but I do not know if they were from families of long-standing].  Value of properties has risen. There are virtually no old cottages remaining in the village of pre-Victorian times, mostly due to road widening.  A few middle-size houses remain; Love Green Farm house is now derelict [Chris Chadwell - now demolished].

In the 1930s, Mrs Doris Simpson of Remuera, Love Lane, got together a few of her step-daughters school friends (including Pamela Channon and her sister Diana) to perform playlets for charity, usually the Red Cross.  During WWII they were called the 'Jolly Juveniles' and had expanded to involve neighbours' younger children.  The performances took place in the garden  of Mrs Pritchard's White Cottage, Bangors Road, at the Institute, the old Village Hall or upstairs in the old Methodist Hall.  When her daughters grew up, Mrs Simpson ran the Brownies until her husband retired from the R.A.F. band and they left the district.


COPPINS

VILLAGE FROM ST. PETER'S CHURCH TOWER (1960s)

ST. PETER'S CHURCHYARD (1940s)

APPROACH TO IVER FROM UXBRIDGE AND WEST DRAYTON (1930s) - over bridge by BRIDGEFOOT; note ST.PETER'S church visible to left.

OLD VILLAGE HALL, HIGH STREET (1930s) -Chadwell Builders did work here

CHURCH ROAD (1930s)

HIGH STREET (early 1900s)

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THE OLD IVER VILLAGE HALL

Minutes of the first meeting of the IVER VILLAGE HALL committee in  May 1881; an account was to be opened, with the sum of £142 to be paid on completion of building work and handing over of the deeds.

The committee agreed that the official opening of the hall would take place in November - with a lecture and concert.

Meeting 29th October 1881; resolved that proceedings at the official opening of the Village Hall would be as follows: first a hymn chosen for the occasion; then a prayer; an address; a selection of music; an address introducing the lecture; the lecture; a selection of music; votes of thanks; conclude with "God Save the Queen"


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