The Franklin Avenue, Ripley Way and Bakers Road VE Day Party

This is a Victory Street party in 1945.

The man on the left is Charlie Burgess; he had twin daughters, who are both grandmothers now.

Next to him is a photographer, Sonny Hasler. He had a shop on the A10 for many years. His father is standing next to him on the right.

The lady sitting down is Granny Rudd or Cracknell.


Some of the people in the background are : Rene Fish; Eileen Cracknell; Doreen Tyler; Mrs Coles; John Tyler; Mrs Curd.

This page was added on 20/05/2010.

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  • My great grandmother is in this photo Nellie Hewlett.

    She’s the second lady at the back on our left hand side as we view the photo. Fantastic photo.

    By Louise Wallis (22/07/2020)
  • Hello All

    I have come across this photo all rather strangely! During my COVID-19 self-isolation walk, I came across Burgess Hall and started looking into the history of it. It intrieged me as I’ve been doing family history for many years and Burgess is one of my family names. After searching for the hall online, I came across this photo. This Charlie most certainly must be a relative of mine. I’ve tried to connect him to my familiy tree, and I think I’ve done it. From my research it looks like Charlie had 4 children? Douglas, Barbara and the twins Joyce and Jean. Is this correct?

    By Hollie Brock (27/03/2020)
  • The ‘photo looks to show numbers 14, 16 and 18 Franklin Avenue. I was born in number 14 on November 1944. I am sure my two sisters Doris and Barbara and brother Jim would have attended the party.

    By Colin Sutton (07/11/2016)
  • I have a companion photo to this which I hope Herts Memories will publish in the next few days. It confirms that the man second from the right is Mr Rudling. My mum Eileen Clements nee Cracknell said that the elderly couple sitting closest to camera were her Grandparents Nellie Eliza Hearn nee Prior 1877-1956 and Albert Harry Hearn 1874-1949. My mum always maintained that she spent VE Day at Piccadilly Circus in London. Though I have to concede that the dark haired lady in the far background,over the left shoulder of the soldier closest to camera, does bear a canny resemblance to her. However it is hard to make out any detailed features from that distance.

    By Jonathan Clements (18/08/2013)
  • I was born in Cheshunt in the 1950’s and I have baby photos of myself and my brother taken by Mr Hasler. I also remember that my parents, who were born and brought up in Cheshunt, taking holiday films to him for developing.

    By Gill Munro (01/05/2013)
  • My dad, Ray Rutterford, thinks the man second from the right, was his headmaster at Dewhurst School, Mr. Rudling.

    By Pat Bennison (21/04/2013)
  • My dad, Ray Rutterford, lived in the next house to the left just out of the picture. He says he recognises a Mrs Hewlitt,

    By Pat Bennison (17/02/2013)