Thursday, December 25, 2008

many thanx to my excellent brother dave for this photograph showing ...

an unknown lady, billy wheadon, the reverend arthur beaghen, and michael ramsey, archbishop of canterbury, in the churchyard at malmesbury abbey

i suppose that it was mr beaghen who was responsible for the renovations that destroyed the interior of saint mary's church, where thomas hobbes' father once officiated, and possibly it was he that binned the parish records, too, yet he always seemed to be the personification of kindness and goodwill

mr wheadon had a little hairdressing business in the south-west corner of the cross hayes or saint dennis's lane and i was taken there once or twice for a brutally quick trim that brought tears to my infant eyes

on the wall of his dilapidated salon was hung a pre-war photograph of him cutting a friend's hair in the lions' cage of a visiting circus

it is more than fifty years since he cut my hair, yet in all those years, and amongst all the really wonderful people i've encountered, it would be hard to think of two with as much life and good humour as messrs wheadon and beaghen


Unknown said...

HI, i came across this blog whilst searching for anything to do with my great grandfather Billy Wheadon. My sister is doing a scrap book on my fathers upbringing and we would love to know as much as we can and gather as many photos as we can. I'm going to Malmesbury to visit the hairdressers to see if i can get a copy of the photograph that you have described as it is still there now. if you have any information then i would love to hear from you.

Alexandra Wheadon

tristan said...

hullo alexandra, i may be able to recover a faint and blurred copy of that photo from my own archives, so watch this space after the weekend

Unknown said...

Thank you so much Tristan that would be brilliant as the hairdressers are closed at the moment. Thank you :)

tristan said...

alexandra ... follow this link

you should be able to open the images in a new tab and then double-click to view them in a larger size, i expect you already know how

if you like i can e-mail the larger scanned images, which are huge, but i'll need your e-mail address

Unknown said...

I've manged to save them on my phone so I will try and print them and see how they turn out. Thank you so so much I can't tell you how grateful I am for all of your help :)!