1952 – 2022 Elizabeth II – Loxwood in the Windsor period

Introduction

In January 1952 Princess Elizabeth and the duke were on route, to Kenya, when news reached them of the king’s death on February 6, 1952. Elizabeth, now queen, at once flew back to England.

The first three months of her reign, the period of full mourning for her father, were passed in comparative seclusion. But in the summer, after she had moved from Clarence House to Buckingham Palace, she undertook the routine duties of the sovereign and carried out her first state opening of Parliament on November 4, 1952. Her coronation was held at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953.

On the accession of Queen Elizabeth, her son Prince Charles became heir apparent; he was named prince of Wales on July 26, 1958, and was so invested on July 1, 1969.

The queen seemed increasingly aware of the modern role of the monarchy, allowing, for example, the televising of the royal family’s domestic life in 1970 and condoning the formal dissolution of her sister’s marriage in 1978.

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Timeline

1952

Elizabeth succeeded her father George VI in February 1952 to become Elizabeth II

1953

Work started on the Nicholsfield housing development.

October 23rd Phyllis Lillian Clara Wells Married Regional Charles Barnett (son of Edwin Barnett of Oakhurst Cottage Plaistow) at Loxwood Church. Susan Wells and Sheila Barnett were bridesmaids. Reception held at North Hall.

1964

The Victorian Schoolhouse closed and a new school opened at Nicholsfield.

1969

Concorde, the world’s first supersonic airliner developed by Britain and France, made its maiden flight.
Permitted development to install a bathroom at church cottage, on ground floor when water was connected to the property.

1971

A group of enthusiasts decided to form a working party to try reopen the disused Wey and Arun Junction Canal.

1975

17th February – William James Wells of Church Cottage died.

1977

Clara Wells of Church Cottage died. The Wells were the first owners of Church Cottage having purchased the cottage from the Church Commissioners in 1916.

1979

Conservative Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first woman prime minister.

1981

Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, married Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral.

1989

Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, while working at CERN the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Switzerland. The first successful communication followed in 1990.

1994

The Channel Tunnel linking London and Paris was officially opened – the first land link between Britain and Europe since the last Ice Age.

2009

The Wey and Arun Canal road bridge in Loxwood was completed and a boat sailed into the newly formed lock, completing the vision that started in 1971.

2012

Loxwood Joust opened near the Medieval land recorded in the a Deed of 1248, which was the first mention of Loxwood.

Britain celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and hosted the Olympics in London.

2022

Queen Elizabeth II died in September and was succeeded by her son Charles, who became Charles III.

2023

150th year of Loxwood Chapel of Ease becoming a consecrated Church in August 1873.

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