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Bridge Road - Wesleyan Church


In April 1903 Mrs. Price Hughes attended the opening services for the newly built Wesleyan church and she opened the door with a silver key. It was then announced that it would in future be known as the Hugh Price Hughes Memorial Church as her late husband had taken a deep interest in the project[1].

A talented thirteen old year boy, Bertie Fullbrook, was appointed as the organist in 1905[2]. Bertie gave organ recitals; one such was reported in 1907 when he was staying with his uncle Mr. W. F. Balding, in Hastings[3]. Bertie (Albert Henry) and his family lived in Milford[4].

One of the people who would have heard him play was 2nd class Air Mechanic Herbert Elliott Tribe of the Royal Flying Corps whose parents resided in Wolseley Road, Farncombe. Herbert was connected with the Wesleyan Methodist Church for 11 years, starting as a member of the Sunday School and eventually becoming a teacher. He also worked on behalf of the Band of Hope and other branches of church life. He was said to have been a clever cabinet maker, initially apprenticed to J. Down of Godalming but then employed as a salesman by the Guildford firm of Messrs. Pimm and Sons. His father was the local sanitary inspector for Godalming. Herbert died in 1915[5].



This was one of a series of cards sent by one individual to her relatives during the First War.
The card was not posted but there was a message on the reverse which reads: "Here is the
picture of our church. This is only just the choir and few pews. There's yjr Pulpud [sic] and
the little boy sits under the Pulpud ... I am sitting next where the cross
This isn't half the church its a very big church
".


The 202 Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (the C.E.F.), were stationed in Godalming from 1914 and placed its colours in the Church. When Colonel P. E. Bowen sailed for Canada in 1917 he took the colours with him for permanent keeping in the City Mall at Edmonton. A replica of them was to be sent to hang in the Church[6].

This church is now the Godalming United Church.


1. "Wesleyan Church, Godalming". Published by S. G. Eaton, Stationer, Godalming. The Milton Post Card. Printed at our works in Germany. Not posted.
2. "Wesleyan Church, Godalming" [interior]. Published by W. H. A. [WH Applebee of Ashford MDX], No. 2778. Not posted.
Postcards in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

References:

[1] "Derby Daily Telegraph", Monday 4 May 1903. Ecclesiastical Table-talk.

[2] "Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser", Saturday 27 May 1905.

[3] "Hastings and St Leonards Observer". Saturday 13 July 1907. Park Road Wesleyans. Re-opening Services. Brilliant Recital by Young Organist.

[4] Bertie, who was born in Walton-on-Thames in December 1891, was living with his parents in Hambledon in both the 1901 and 1911 census. His father was a master baker and the family lived at 4 Milford Terrace, Church Road; in 1911 this was given as a Milford address but in 1901 it was shown as Witley. In 1911 his occupation was Musician. He died in Plymouth in 1970.

[5] "Surrey Advertiser", 12 July 1915. Death at the Aldershot Isolation Hospital of 2nd class Air Mechanic Herbert Elliott Tribe of the Royal Flying Corps.

[5] "Surrey Advertiser", 14 July 1917.




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