Wickhams of Ware

Standing on the frozen Lea in 1963

By Jean Gilby

Wickhams of Ware

This picture was taken in January 1963 and shows workers from Wickhams on the frozen River Lea.  Included are Melvin Baker (4th from left), Mr Roberts (with striped scarf) and Mr Gold (standing with a mug of tea).

The back of Wickhams old shop can be seen on the right. Albany’s warehouse on the left, and in the centre at the back you can see Ware lock.

They are about to have a football match – a half past three kick off.

Does anyone know who the other people in the picture are?

This page was added on 15/05/2010.

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  • The only building in this photograph still existing today is the cottage in the middle background with the prominent chimney, the rest have all been demolished and replaced by flats. It appears to have been taken outside what is now the Wickhams Wharf residential development (completed in 1986 on land to the right of the photo) and is looking along the river towards St Margaret’s.

    By Robert Candlish (15/06/2010)
  • Second from left is Eddie Sapstead, third I think is Dick Hawes, sixth is Jim Bachelor, next to Pat Gold with the coat overall is Toby Smith, and extreme right is Dennis Head.

    By Michael Nottage (06/06/2010)