Half Moon Street is a very old lane off the High Street.
Numbers 1 & 2, seen here, never fail to impress me with their attractive
appearance and a show of flowers nearly always in bloom.
Roy Draper writes from Australia: My late Father's family (Jack Draper)
used to live in no 2 Half Moon Street. I don't know whether Dad was born
there. Looking at the photo the house has been extended by a third, as from
memory it used to be a "two up to down". When visiting my relations I can
remember we used to go into the back of a cake shop, I think it was at the
start of Half Moon St where we could by a pennyworth of stales, I don't suppose
that shop still exists. ref 621.0106
The buildings fronting High Street on both sides of Half Moon Street remain,
though no longer as catering establishments. Ron Frost adds that the cake
shop was "Pibworths" and served good variety of cakes. My Mother would buy
Cream donuts as a treat from there. ref 612.0206
Sandra Smith confirms that the Bower family lived at no 1: My Mum, Ann Bowers, lived at 1 Half Moon Street with her siblings Louise and Fred.[Sep 16]
May Phillips (nee Evans) writes: I was born at 3 Half
Moon Street in 1940 as were my Sister and Brother. Our parents were Alice
and Vere Evans. Dad was one of nine all born in Bagshot. Their Uncle was
P.C. Nunn, Constable at Peel House. I believe that the houses have now been
converted into two. In the 1940's the Bowers lived in No.l, the Drapers in
No 2 and us in No. 3. Two up and two down. My Father's sisters also lived
in the Bungalows in Half Moon Street. There was an underground bomb shelter
at our Aunties. The shed shown on your site was always full of Grandad's
From Lyn : Nos.4 and 4a Half Moon Street,
along with the adjoining yard, were owned by my great grandmother Mrs Rebecca
Stevens who had been landlady of the Three
Mariners pub. I believe she purchased them from the family 'Delicolli'
and at the time of purchase the 'yard' was a marine yard.
She was great friends with Rev. Court of Bagshot Methodist church - I
believe she paid for the organ for the church (so was said at Rebecca's funeral
service - a clear day in my memory).
As a point of interest does anyone remember Mr Hurst
- a farmer who delivered the milk daily from the churn?
To which Alan has replied "My mother in law Mrs Vince knows of him. He was
always a jolly person." 7093vii7
and John Wooders adds "I remember Mr Hurst very well. He was our next door
neighbour at Pennyhill Park. We lived in Crown Cottages and used to be in
the Hurst's house daily as children and helping on the farm at Pennyhill
Park. Very happy days. A gentleman and a fantastic singer. Anyone remember
him singing at some anniversary in Bagshot Square. Sep10
Were the Drapers of no.2 the family that owned the haberdashery shop in
Bagshot Square or is that co incidence? The proprietor of the shop used to
frequent the Three Mariners daily for his lunchtime beer - Worthington or
Bass. Once Mr Draper had gone back his staff could then come and have theirs.
[Ron tells me that the two families are unrelated.]
I remember a story involving the bakers shop that Roy mentions - apparently
my parents were 'dating' and my father had gone to the bakers shop to get
some bread for the pub - my mother thought he had a soft spot for the girl
that worked in the bakers and promptly went round to walk back with her
fiancé - because my dad was having a laugh with the girl (Ella I believe
her name was) my mum threw all the donuts from the window ! Rebel.
Eddie Kidby writes I am intrigued by the mention of the
Bowers family at No 1 in the 40's. My grandmother was
Celia Jenny Bowers (always known as Jenny) and I know very little about the
family as I am told the family were of Romany stock who settled in the Send
area. My cousin knew David Knight who lived in Perth, Australia and who died
in 2004 and we think was a grandson of Henry Bowers. He had a photo of 1
Half Moon Street, so it must have meant something to him and also I have
photos of Edith Bowers ,Peter Bowers in his 20's, Joe Bowers, Joan Bowers
and possibly Walter Bowers. Is there anybody who might remember the family
or have information about them? I would appreciate any help.
The late David Knight had written in saying that he had lived in No 1 with
his grandparents until he joined the RAF at 17. There are more enquiries
anout Bowers and Draper families
Neil writes: My name is Parker and I believe there may be a connection
here, I think my grandmother or grandfather, Daisy and Frederick Parker who
started the Parkers of Bagshot Garden centre in Guildford Rd may have been
related to the Bowers in some way, I have a very old photo of a "Uncle" Walter
Bowers, we are currently researching our family tree but have come up against
a brick wall prior our grandparents, any info would be much appreciated.
Kim writes : My Grandfather's brother, Billy Parker, lived in Half Moon
St and was married to my Grandmother's sister Mabel (two brother's married
two sisters), Billy was killed in the first world war. According to my Great
Aunt Mabel, Fred and Daisy used to do their courting at her and Billy's place,
(don't know if it was rooms or a cottage) in Half Moon St. The Parker's are
related to the Bowers by marriage as previously mentioned and friendships
through the generations continued. Before David Knight's death he came to
England in 2003 to reconnect with family and friends and as my parents had
both passed away I managed a small get together in their stead with some
members of the Bowers and Parker families. My Grandfather was a Romany gypsy
with one leg (he lost the other after an accident in which one of his brothers
shot him when they were shooting rabbits or pigeons when he was eight years
old) yet he still managed to be a very successful well respected
businessman. [Dec 12]
There are only a few houses in the road, elsewhere it is a mixture of lock
There are other references to the Draper & Bowers families
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