1936 – 1952 George VI – Loxwood in the Windsor period

Introduction

George VI became King unexpectedly following the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII, in December 1936.

King George VI paid State Visits to France in 1938, and to Canada and the United States in 1939, the first British monarch to enter the United States.

His greatest achievements came during the Second World War, when he remained for most of the time at Buckingham Palace (the Palace was bombed nine times during the war). He and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, visited severely bombed areas in the East End of London and elsewhere in the country, which gained him great popularity.

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Timeline

1936

George VI became King unexpectedly following the abdication of his brother Edward in December 1936.

In 1936 the grand old Ifold Manor House was demolished to make way for new housing, which formed the modern Ifold village. The Manor house had been built in 1811 on the site of a former farm house. A number of roads in modern Ifold are named after the Ifold Estate including The Drive which follows the route of the carriage drive up to the former Manor House.

1937

Formation of Loxwood Parish, with the village boundary laid down along the lines of the Ecclesiastical boundaries of 1873.

1937

May 12th The official opening of North Hall and the Coronation of George V. The hall was plumbed for electricity and water but the services were not connected to the village at that time.

1938

November 14th Thomas Wells the owner of Church Cottage died. Mr Wells acquired the property from the church commissioners in 1916.

Mains water and drainage were connected to Loxwood

Electricity was connected to Loxwood

1939

September 1st Germany invaded Poland. September 3rd Britain and France declared war on Germany

The Old Telephone Exchange was upgraded to an automatic exchange, with callers hearing a dialling tone for the first time.

1940

Door to door milk deliveries started around this time.

1945

May 7th Germany surrendered and WW2 came to an end.

Loxwood Dairy was operating from a site near North Hall on the Guildford Road

1948

A terrible fire destroyed the ancient Loxwood Place Manor house in the centre of the village. Loxwood Place was believed to date from the 13th or 14th century.

1952

George VI failed to recover from an operation and died on 6 February at Sandringham and was succeeded by his daughter Elizabeth.

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