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Tug or War in Highbrooms

The following two images have recently been supplied by Christine Knight, the first depicts the High Brooms Tug-of-War team.

Christine remembers that the the Tug of War used to take place beside the High Brooms Hotel (before the houses numbers 80 onwards were built) on High Brooms Road (this is now ‘The Brick Works Freehouse but still remembered by many as the High Brooms Tavern).

The date of the photo is most probably 1921 as CHristines late father Peter Pronger was the Mascot & held by his father Walter George Pronger (always known as Ern!)

High Brooms Tug of War team

High Brooms Tug of War team

I have also heard that other events took place racing around the ‘island’ – now the one way system that has the pub in its centre and woudl be interested to hear others memories, maybe we could even recreate the event to coincide with the High Brooms Village fair.

The second image supplied by Christine is of Southborough Football Club 1902-03, I’m not sure where they played but woudl like to think that it was on the Ridgeway fields!

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As ever please let me know if you recognise any of your own family members in these pictures…

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More eyes in the sky looking out over Highbrooms….

One of my earlier blog entries was about the Victorian finials, or ridge tiles as they are also known, that were made over a century ago and still stand high on the houses in Highbrooms with my favourite being the dragon mounted on the house next to St Matt’s church on Gordon Road.

N.B. Clicking on the images opens up a full resolution image in a new browser window if you want to view in more detail

Dragon finial  - Gordon Road

Victorian Dragon finial – Gordon Road

I have also been keenly following the progress of the renovation at the soon to be opened ‘Brick Works’ pub, aka ‘The Highbrooms Tavern’ so was really pleased to see that as they completed the  roof repairs they have also installed a new finial… and its another dragon. Although not a Victorian original I would love to think that maybe it too will still be looking down on people using a proper pub in Highbrooms in another 100 years time!

A new dagon in Highbrooms

A new dragon in Highbrooms on the Brick Works pub

The new watcher in the sky....

The new watcher in the sky….

Whilst on site to take the photos I stuck my head through the open door and work is going well on forming the single room inside and obviously I enquired when it was due to be completed and the residents of Highbrooms handed back a watering hole … and was told it is due to open in just FIVE WEEKS TIME, although they are slightly behind in the work (as of June June 9th 2013)

Highbrooms Tavern - June 2013

‘The Brick Works’ aka The Highbrooms Tavern – June 2013

Hopefully I will get to see a few of you there in the very near future…

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