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Goldsworth Park Community Association

Goldsworth Timeline : 1946-1973 World War 2 to Goldsworth Park Construction

(All photos on this page Copyright GPCA/A. Jones)

1946
Henry Cawsey is the 30th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1946/7.
Denzil Stanley is Sheriff of Surrey (1946-1947).
Joseph Simpson becomes Chief Constable of the Surrey Constabulary (1946-1956).
Surrey Author - H.G. Wells (1866-1946) dies.
The League of Nations is dissolved.
Trygve Lie (Norway) is Secretary General of the United Nations from 1946-1953.

1947
Professor C J Wrigley was born in 1947.
He later attended Goldsworth School.

Graham Wilson is the 31st Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1947/8.
Cecil Bevis is Sheriff of Surrey (1947-1948).
Surrey Fire Brigade formed.
Southern Railway becomes part of British Railways.
Kenwood started in Woking.
Navigation on the Brookwood Canal stops.
Reigate and Guildford Constabularies effectively merge with Surrey Constabulary after the Surrey Joint Police Force is dissolved.
Sir Sydney Marshall is Surrey County Chairman for 1947-1950.

1948
The following was sent to us from Los Angeles, California via email, from a reader of this website!
The delayed Olympic Games opened in London. The Olympic flame was carried (or run!) through Woking on its way to Wembley Stadium. As a child I remember seeing it, on a road near Horsell. With regard to the 1948 Olympics, the shooting competition/s took place at Bisley, possibly a reason the Flame was routed through the Woking area. (And for what it's worth, this was only the second time that there had been a relay carrying the flame, something which started with the 1936 Berlin Games; a flame had been used in 1928 but it seems that the lighting ceremony itself did not start until '36. making the London Olympics the second to have it - and the first post world war Olympics to have the ceremony.) In 1948 meat and all else was still rationed, as was petrol (and petrol for commercial use was coloured) and I recall seeing horsemeat in a shop in Woking, it was coloured blue/green on the surface, not for human consumption, all in 1948. Some of the first television sets were seen in a shop in Woking, but I've long forgotten the name! We left Surrey in late 1949 and then lived near Newbury, Berkshire.

Bertram Ralph-Brown is the 32nd Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1948/9.
Ian Anderson is Sheriff of Surrey (1948-1949).
Oswald Acworth is the Anglican Vicar of Chobham (1948-1979)
Montague Summers dies and is buried in Richmond, Surrey and is listed on this Database of Famous People buried in Surrey.
Vickers Viscount Production at Brooklands starts.

GODFREY NICHOLSON may have been Woking's M.P. at this time?

1949
Guy Pritchett is the 33rd Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1949/50.
Sir Robert Haining is Surrey's Lord-Lieutenant (1949-1957).
Henry Lawrence of Hook Heath is Sheriff of Surrey (1949-1950).
Henry Campbell is the 3rd Anglican Bishop of Guildford (1949-1956).
Cyril Cowderoy is the Roman Catholic Bishop and later Archbishop of Southwark (1949-1976).
Andrew Ritchie is Anglican Archdeacon of Surrey (1949-1955).

Edward North is the 9th Earl of Guildford (1949-1999)

1950

Dale Road, Purley.
Harold Barrett is the 34th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1950/1.
Arnold Jarvis is Sheriff of Surrey (1950-1951).

Frank Elliott is Surrey County Chairman for 1950-1953.
Surrey Author - Warwick Deeping (1877-1950) dies.
1950?-1963? Extra Letter with Double Code Reversed Motor Vehicle Registrations.
Surrey County issues (from Kingston) PA-H/J- (1APA-999YPL )....

1951
Thomas Leam is the 35th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1951/2.
Francis Hett is Sheriff of Surrey (1951-1952).
Winston Churchill (from 1953 Sir Winston Churchill) (Conservative) is again Prime Minister of the UK from 1951-1955.

1952
Queen Elizabeth II (2nd) is Head of State of the United Kingdom.
Gerald Colpoys is the 36th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1952/3.
Granville Chetwynd-Stapylton is Sheriff of Surrey (1952-1953).
UK occupation of Heligoland ends, returned to West Germany.

1953
Surrey Plan foresaw a Woking Urban District population of about 67,000 in the mid-1970's, but the 1961 Census figures exceeded that amount.
Walter Slocock retires.
Walter Darby is the 37th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1953/4.
Micheal Shawcross is the 4th Clerk to the Woking Urban District Council (1953-1974).
John Ferguson is Sheriff of Surrey (1953-1954).
Sir John Wenham is Surrey County Chairman for 1953-1956.
Gatwick is declared the site for the new second airport for London.
Dag Hammarskjöld (Sweden) is Secretary General of the United Nations from 1953-1961.

1954
Robert Beldam is the 38th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1954/5.
Woking Squash Club is formed.

David Loveday is Anglican Archdeacon of Dorking (1954-1957).
Henry Clark is Sheriff of Surrey (1954-1955).
Surrey Author - Francis Young (1884-1954) dies.
Oxford win 100th Boat Race.

1955
James Terry is the 39th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1955/6.
Future drummer of The Jam Paul (Rick) Buckler and his twin brother Pete are born.
They lived in Church Street near to the Goldsworth Road end with father Joe (Bill) and mum Primrose.
They went to Goldsworth School and later moved to Sheerwater where Rick met Paul Weller.
Rick's first band was called Impulse.

Charles Cubitt is Sheriff of Surrey (1955-1956).
Geoffrey Smith is Anglican Archdeacon of Surrey (1955-1957).
Photos of Woking from 1955. Photo #1 and Photo #2. and Photo #3. and Photo #4. and Photo #5. and Photo #6 and Photo #7. and Photo #8. and Photo #9. and Photo #10. and Photo #11 and Photo #12. and Photo #13. and Photo #14. and Photo #15. and Photo #16 and Photo #17. and Photo #18. and Photo #19. and Photo #20. and Photo #21 and Photo #22. and Photo #23. and Photo #24.
Sir Anthony Eden (Conservative) is Prime Minister of the UK from 1955-1957.
UK occupation zone in West Germany is ended.

1956
Arthur Campbell is the 40th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1956/7.
Gatwick airport officially opens, though it had been an airstrip before.
Sir Ambrose Keevil is Sheriff of Surrey (1956-1957).
Herman Rutherford becomes Chief Constable of the Surrey Constabulary (1956-1968).

Sir Cyril Black is Surrey County Chairman for 1956-1959
Ivor Watkins is the 4th Anglican Bishop of Guildford (1956-1961).
Horley Residents Association is founded.

1957
Frederick Sowden is the 41st Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1957/8.
Aga Khan III, Sultan Muhammad Shah (born 1885) a prominent and strong supporter of the Woking Muslim Mission dies.
A memorial service was held at the Woking Mosque.
Earl of Munster is Surrey's Lord-Lieutenant (1957-1972).
Lord Hamilton of Dalzell is Surrey's Vice Lord-Lieutenant (1957-1973).
Evelyn Broadwood is Sheriff of Surrey (1957-1958).

Windsor Roberts is Anglican Archdeacon of Dorking (1957-1962).
Augustine de Clare Studdert is Anglican Archdeacon of Surrey (1957-1968). Then made Archdeacon of Surrey Emeritus (For Life) (1968-1972).
Harold Macmillan (Conservative) is Prime Minister of the UK from 1957-1963.

1958
Leslie Cheeseman is the 42nd Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1958/9.
Future singer of The Jam John (Paul) Weller is born.
He lived in Stanley Road (now on the border of Goldsworth East Ward).
Nigel Tritton is Sheriff of Surrey (1958-1959).
Woking Football Club wins FA Amateur Cup.
Martin Slocock, son of Oliver, joins the nursery.
Queen opens Gatwick.

1959
Stanley Higgins is the 43rd Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1959/60.
Samuel Bibby is Sheriff of Surrey (1959-1960).

Sydney Ripley is Surrey County Chairman for 1959-1962
The Queen's Royal Regiment and The East Surrey Regiment amalgamated to form The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment
Croydon Airport shuts.
Plane Crash at Newdigate.
Dense Fog.
Vickers Vanguard Production at Brooklands starts.
Vickers TSR2 Production at Brooklands starts.

1960

Dorothy Gale is the 44th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1960/1.
James Walker Engineering opens a new site in Old Woking.
Wilfred Vernon is Sheriff of Surrey (1960-1961).
Photos from the Childrens Railway Home at Woking.
Photos of Woking from circa 1960. Photo #1 and Photo #2 and Photo #3 and Photo #4 and Photo #5 and Photo #6
British Aircraft Corporation formed by the merger of several companies including Vickers.

1961
Thomas Leam is the 45th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1961/2.
Tunku Abdur Rahman the first Prime Minister of Malaya and later Malaysia visited the Woking Mosque.
Shaikh Muhammad Tufail was Imam of the Shah Jehan Mosque.
Uvedale Lambert is Sheriff of Surrey (1961-1962).
Edmund Reindorp is the 5th Anglican Bishop of Guildford (1961-1973).
The building of Diocese of Guildford Cathedral was completed.
It is dedicated to The Holy Spirit.
Surrey Author - Angela Thirkell (1890-1961) dies.
U Thant (Burma) is Secretary General of the United Nations from 1961-1971.
First Panda Crossings.

1962
Marjorie Richardson is the 46th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1962/3.
Kenwood moves from Woking.
Sydney Black OBE is Sheriff of Surrey (1962-1963).
Lt. Col Herbert Wells CBE MC is Surrey County Chairman for 1962-1965.
Richmond Park.
BAC Viscount Production at Brooklands ends.
Dense Fog.
BAC Vanguard Production at Brooklands ends.
BAC VC10 Production at Brooklands starts.

1963
Rhoda McGaw is the 47th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1963/4.
Sir George (Robert) Erskine is Sheriff of Surrey (1963-1964).

Kenneth Evans is Anglican Archdeacon of Dorking (1963-1968).
The Winter of 1962-3 is the coldest on record since 1740.
The Rolling Stones play a concert at the 'Atalanta' Ballroom in Woking.
Alexander Douglas-Home (Earl of Home and Sir Alec Douglas-Home) (Conservative) is Prime Minister of the UK from 1963-1964.

Lionel Brett is the 4th Viscount Esher (1963-2004)
Mclaren Racing Team formed.

1963 YEAR SUFFIX INTRODUCED

(A) (These are known issues e.g. (A)PB26A and (A)PL923A for example.
Note, there will be others issued that we don't know about, as this is based on observations and not official data.
If you know of any errors, please email us) APA1A-APA999A then APB1A-APB999A until APL1A-APL999A, then BPA1A e.t.c.

1963-1965 Surrey County issues PA-H/J-L


(A 1/1/1963-31/12/1963 A )....

1964
Victor Pearmund is the 48th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1964/5.
Cranley Onslow (later Lord Onslow) is elected as Woking's Member of Parliament (1964-1997) replacing Harold Watkinson.

The Royal Military Police begin the move from Inkerman Barracks in Woking to Roussillon Barracks, Chichester in Sussex.  

Lieut. R. A. J.  Tyler MBE was Q.M. Royal Military Police (1962-1965).
Sir William Mullens is Sheriff of Surrey (1964-1965).
Harold Wilson (Labour) is Prime Minister of the UK from 1964-1970.
Royal Birth.
(B 1/1/1964-31/12/1964 A-F )....

1965
Thomas Leam is the 49th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1965/6.
Revised Plan foresaw a population of 97,000 by 1981 and proposed building 3 new housing schemes, one of which was known as 'Slococks', to be built on nurserylands owned by the Slococks.
Work on Bullbeggars Farm begins to develop the Bullbeggars Estate (now called Lakeview Estate) which was completed in 1970 (the forerunner of Goldsworth Park).

Lt Col Herbert Wells is Sheriff of Surrey (1965-1966).
Sydney Black is Surrey County Chairman for 1965-1969?.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton was established and includes our area.
It was previously a part of the larger Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark.
David Cashman is the Roman Catholic Bishop of Arundel and Brighton (1965-1971).
Greater London Council formed replacing the London County Council.
Surrey loses more areas.
Map of Surrey Boundary Change.
Photos of Woking from circa 1965. Photo #1 and Photo #2 and Photo #3
BAC TSR2 Production at Brooklands ends as the project is cancelled.
The Kennedy Memorial is unveiled in Runnymede Meadow, Egham.
.................................


THIS ACRE OF ENGLISH GROUND WAS GIVEN
TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BY
THE PEOPLE OF BRITAIN IN MEMORY OF
JOHN F KENNEDY BORN 29 MAY 1917
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES 1961-63
DIED BY AN ASSASSINS HAND 22 NOVEMBER 1963
LET EVERY NATION KNOW WHETHER IT WISHES US WELL OR ILL
THAT WE SHALL PAY ANY PRICE, BEAR ANY BURDEN, MEET ANY HARDSHIP,
SUPPORT ANY FRIEND OR OPPOSE ANY FOE IN ORDER TO ASSURE
THE SURVIVAL AND SUCCESS OF LIBERTY. FROM THE INAUGURAL ADDRESS OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY JANUARY 1961.



Arnold Smith (Canada) is the Commonwealth Secretary-General from 1965-1975.
(C 1/1/1965-31/12/1965 G-K )....

1965-1974 Surrey County issues PA-H/J-L

1966
Bernard Robinson is the 50th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1966/7.
Henry Dumas is Sheriff of Surrey (1966-1967).
The Queen's Regiment formed by the merger of The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment, The Queen's Own Buffs, The Royal Sussex Regiment and the The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own).
Surrey and Hampshire Canal Society formed to restore the Brookwood Canal.
(D 1/1/1966-31/12/1966 L-O )....

1967
Ivor Gibson is the 51st Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1967/8.
Master Plan decided that the Land Commission should buy the land and drain and service the site.
Then sell it to developers.

Colonel Terence Sanders is Sheriff of Surrey (1967-1968).
(E 1/1/1967-31/7/1967 P/R )....
(F 1/8/1967-31/7/1968 R-T )....

1968
Bernard Emmett is the 52nd Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1968/9.
Woking Archery Club is formed.
Religious leaders terminated the Woking Muslim Mission.
Guildford floods after heavy rain.
Jack Master is Sheriff of Surrey (1968-1969).

William Purcell is Anglican Archdeacon of Dorking (1968-1982).
John Evans is Anglican Archdeacon of Surrey (1968-1980).
Sir Peter Matthews becomes Chief Constable of the Surrey Constabulary (1968-1982).
Roy Tutill Murder
(G 1/8/1968-31/7/1969 W )....

1969
Eric Bucksey is the 53rd Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1969/70.



Brigadier David Bastin C.B.E. is Sheriff of Surrey (1969-1970).
John Eve is Surrey County Chairman for 1969-1972.
Coldingley Prison opens at Bisley.
Ariana Afghan B727 crashes at Horley near Gatwick.
Rabies Case.
(H 1/8/1969-31/7/1970 B-D )....

1970
Land Commission abolished by the Conservative Goverment.
New Ideal Homes and Woking Borough Council agree to a partnership to build 'Slococks'. Goldsworth Nursery in bought via a Compulsory Purchase Order.
Houses in the Mead Court area were built and therefore are not part of Goldsworth Park, they were a separate development.

Margaret Marshall is the 54th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1970/1.
Alan Rees-Reynolds is Surrey's High Sherrif (1970-1971).
Edward Heath (Conservative) is Prime Minister of the UK from 1970-1974.
Map of Europe
BAC VC10 Production at Brooklands ends.
(J 1/8/1970-31/7/1971 D-G )....

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KNAPHILL COMMUNITY CENTRE


THIS COMMUNITY CENTRE
WAS OPENED
5TH SEPTEMBER 1970



1971

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(found in the Wolsley Place Shopping Centre and is probably its foundation stone?)


THIS STONE WAS LAID
BY
COUNCILLOR DAVID BOORMAN
CHAIRMAN
OF THE
WOKING URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL
18TH OCTOBER 1971



David Boorman is the 55th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1971/2.
Wolsey Place Shopping Centre opens.
About this time Centre Halls, Centre Pool and Woking Centre Library opened.
Philip Henman (Last to sit in the Assize Court) is Sheriff of Surrey (1971-1972).
Earl William Onslow dies.
Michael Onslow (born 1938) becomes the 7th Earl of Onslow.
Michael Bowen is the Roman Catholic Bishop of Arundel and Brighton (1971-2003?).
Decimal Day.
Coins in circulation, 1/2p, 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 50p.
Aldershot and District Traction Company renamed Alder Valley.
(K 1/8/1971-31/7/1972 J-L )....

1972
Harry Keat is the 56th Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1972/3.
Widdrington Stafford (First to sit in the Crown Courts of Kingston and Guildford) is Sheriff of Surrey (1972-1973).
Thomas Smith O.B.E. is Surrey County Chairman for 1972-1975.
Cranley Onslow (Woking's MP) is given ministerial office (1972-1974) under Micheal Heseltine.
Aldershot Bomb (Not sure if it was in Surrey or Hampshire).
The victims were
Thelma Bosley,
Margaret Grant,
John Haslar,
Joan Lunn,
Jill Mansfield and
Cherie Munton.
BEA Trident crashes at Staines near Heathrow.
Kurt Waldheim (Austria) is Secretary General of the United Nations from 1972-1981.
(L 1/8/1972-31/7/1973 M-R )....

1973

Lord Hamilton of Dalzell is Surrey's Lord-Lieutenant (1973-1975).
John McBeath is Sheriff of Surrey (1973-1974).
Plan to build approved by the Goverment.
Project first called 'Goldsworth Park'.
Work started in Goldsworth Vale (phase one was Wilders Close e.t.c.), Planned to build approx. 4,500 homes for approx. 15,000 residents.
It also planned for a lake, sports facilities, golf course, shops, swimming-pool, library, industrial estate, youth centres, pubs, churches, fire station and social facilities.

David Robinson is the 57th and last Woking Urban District Council Chairman for 1973/4.
David Brown is the 6th Anglican Bishop of Guildford (1973-1983).
The new covered Woking Swimming Pool is opened (called the Centre Pool.
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(WOKING CENTRE POOL WAS LOCATED ON THE SITE OF THE DEPARTMENT STORE IN THE PEACOCKS (WAS ALLDERS) AND MOVED TO THE CURRENT SITE IN WOKING PARK IN 1989 WHERE THIS PLAQUE WAS FOUND).

WOKING CENTRE POOL
OPENED BY
COUNCILLOR D. A. ROBINSON T.D.
CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL
ON
20 OCTOBER 1973




The UK joins the European Economic Community (EEC).
Sicco Mansholt (Netherlands) is President of the EEC Commission for 1972-1973.
François Ortoli (France) is President of the EEC Commission for 1973-1977.
Walter Behrendt (West Germany) is President of the European Parliament from 1971-1973.
Cornelis Berkhouwer (Netherlands) is President of the European Parliament from 1973-1975.
(M 1/8/1973-31/7/1974 S-W )....