Whiteing History

nothing much here yet either

Some old (Whiteing) family pictures - taken in about 1919

wilwyn1s
wilwyn2s
Winifred (nan) and William (grandad) Fisher, plus twins Katherine (Kit, my mum) and Arthur (Jumbo), and older sister Evelyn (Eve).

The pictures above were taken in Hendon Lane, Finchley. The motorcycle and sidecar was built by another relative Harry Turpin, probably of Tottenham.

An interesting story about motorcycles related to the late 1960s, where my father and I used to frequent a transport cafe in East Finchley run by a friend, Ron. Two brothers who worked for the council were doing some clearance work and came across an old motorcycle which they were going to dump but I identified it as a Wooler. Ron said fancied restoring this, although he had never undertaken that before, so I gave him some articles for him to read some background. Unfortunately his inexperience led to his frustration until my mum mentioned Harry 'who knew lots about motorcycles'. We went to collect Harry and his face was a picture when he saw that the bike was the same model as he had left in a basement in Camden Town years before. Yes, you guessed it, it was one and the same!

The end of the story was that eventually Ron was just waiting for some special tyres to be made (by one of the large tyre companies), when someone drugged his guard-dog in the yard and stole the bike and the as-yet unassembled parts.

Wooler motorcycle
A Wooler - although possibly not the same model as in the story above.

Lots of Old Family Photos

*   family 01   (folder of 26)

*   family 02   (folder of 30)

*   family 03   (folder of 27)

*   family 04   (folder of 24)

*   family 05   (folder of 11)

All Photos


Dad's Photos From WW2

These are scans of the originals and are kindly included on the naval-history website by Gordon Smith.

*   part 1

*   part 2

*   part 3

*   part 4


last updated 20/10/20