Members' Articles

Over the years our members have written a number of articles about Walpole and the history of parts of our area - roads, houses, parks, shopping parades etc. We have uploaded as many as possible - with some still waiting in the 'to do' list.

The full articles are available to our members and this page gives a short introduction to each. As a member you can click through to the whole article and to any accompanying pictures. Inspired by these, maybe you could write an article for our website?

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The Turbulent Priest of Mattock Lane

Those of you with long memories may remember the original Questors Theatre (not at all like the present building!) which stood in Mattock Lane prior to the modern building being erected in 1964. Known as ‘the tin hut’, it had previously been a Catholic church called St Joseph and St Peter, which a century ago was the centre of local and even national notoriety concerning its priest, Father Richard O’Halloran.

MP on PM on PM

The bi-centenary of Spencer Perceval’s assassination was marked by a re-enactment on the BBC’s PM programme by none other than local MP Stephen Pound. Tony Williams reports.