TRACING THE HISTORY OF FLEET
LOCAL HISTORY GROUP ARCHIVES
History is fascinating, especially when it’s on your own doorstep and it doesn’t have to be a million years ago – even seeing a photo of an old shop that no longer exists or an event that beings back happy memories can be immensely powerful.
There are many history groups scattered around when it comes to Fleet, all full of wonderful stories, nostalgic images and details of times gone by…whether that is yesterday or decades ago. We would just like to add a website version with information that is categorised for easy viewing and available for everyone to enjoy.
This project is no small task and will be updated as much as possible but we need your help to do it! Every addition to our Fleet history timeline is another piece in the jigsaw puzzle of our local history and we’d love you to help us build it.
Whether you have a single image from a shop that shut down only a few weeks ago, or a pile of albums going back many years we don’t mind. Even a story about a local personality, a carrier bag or advert from an old favourite store or an old newspaper, magazine or event programme! They all form a part of our local area and would help build up an overall picture for others to enjoy and hopefully comment on…and of course we will give full credit to you for sharing your goodies with us!
It’s a never ending project and an awful lot of work but more will keep being added as time permits. It’s a fascinating journey back through time – hope you enjoy it!
It’s an incredible honour to have been gifted some of the late, great Percy Vickery’s research data on Fleet, by his son and daughter-in-law, Colin and Tina Vickery. Percy wrote many books on the history of Fleet in his lifetime and over time, that information will be added and shared online, carrying on the work of the man himself.
OUR PROJECT SO FAR
To make finding information on the site as easy a possible, it’s divided up into different sections. SO these are the areas that we’ve been focusing on and adding to:
These are articles about Fleet’s past, or memorable events that will form part of its history in years to come.
Tracking the history of addresses/locations in Fleet as well as the businesses and organisations that occupied them.
Listing articles and memories from Fleet throughout the decades. This is a new section so please bear with it as it grows!
This section is rather like an old dusty library, with old articles, clippings, stories and original news headlines from years gone by.
A popular annual event with a long history. Take a look at years gone by and enjoy the memories.
A fun timeline where you can scroll back through the years and see the changing face of Fleet town.
We already have a main Facebook group but we also have a History Facebook group to share information and goodies that we can eventually (as time allows!) add to the website. We’d love to see you there!
LATEST ARCHIVE LISTINGS
These are just some of the latest addresses and businesses we’ve listed in our history archives. Main addresses will hold details of all occupants over the years (eventually!) and we also have individual listings to document each business as much as possible.
Do you have anything you’d like to add to our project? If so we would really love to hear from you!