The Marlowes Parade Shops 1940s Hemel Hempstead

The Wilsons

By Maria Russell

Hi ya, I was born in Hemel Hempstead in 1965, as was my mum and grandma.  My mum’s maiden name is Wilson; her father was John Wilson, a builder by trade and special police officer.  He died when my mum was just 6 years old.  I am trying to find out about his brother, who we believe ran the greengrocers which was situated on the Marlowes Parade, we believe in the 1940s.  We believe that there is also a connection with the Wilsons to a garage in the same area.

My Grandma was Doris (Nora) Buckoke, her maiden name, then to become Doris Wilson and then, when she remarried after her husband’s death, Doris Latchford.  Doris and John Wilson had two girls, my mum Barbara (married name Coshall) and Beryl (married name Butler).

If you know anything or have any pictures of this side of my family, I would love to hear from you.

Maria Russell

Barbara and Bernard Coshall’s Daughter

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  • Thank you so much for your comments I have only just received notifications of these and clearance to reply. So nice to hear.

    By M aria Russell (11/06/2021)
  • We lived at 187 Marlowes in the 40s above Charlesworth Chemists and Currys, near the fishmongers. I did a Saturday job in the bakers opposite.

    By William Owen (10/06/2021)
  • My parents had a shop at 182, Marlowes in the late 1940s to late 1950s and I was sent to collect groceries from the lovely shop of Mr.Wilson a very kind and caring man whose shop was on the other side and up a bit in the direction of the old town.

    By Wendy Venters nee’ Mellish (21/07/2020)