New Benches

Towards the end of last week, two sturdy wooden benches appeared along the footpath, between Gravel Hill and the Railway Walk. South Staffordshire Council have carefully selected both memorial benches, and have taken into consideration the placement and location along with the type of wood used in the construction of the benches. Both benches are dedicated to the memory of past village residents.

Regular walkers will notice the similarity in design of the benches to the information plinth located at the entrance to the Gravel Hill section.

3 Replies to “New Benches”

  1. The benches are in memory of my parents. Grafton Hopcutt was the youngest of a first generation (?) Wombourne family. I believe his father ran a omnibus service into Wolverhampton by horsepower. The family (5 or 6 kids)lived at the ‘top of the bank’ by the old New Inn. His nephew, Barry Hopcutt (Jack’s son), was a partner (?) in a garage business on the Bridgenorth Road and on School Lane. Avis Hopcutt (Hayward) was raised by her parents, Mary and Horace, in a house called Marylyn(?) on Station road. Her only sibling, Hilda, married Tom Danks and lived in Bulls Lane until they both died and were buried in Wombourne Church. Their daughter, Dawn (and husband John Osbourne) still live in the village. My parents were married in 1937 and soon after, moved to Penn. After the WW2, they moved to Portsmouth, where I was born in 1955. However, I can remember many many trips to Wombourne to visit my gran (Mary), who after her husband’s death in 1959 lived in OAP cottages in School Lane.

  2. OMG…I’ve just googled my brother Barry John Hopcutt and this came up!! I was always lead to believe ‘Hopcutt’ was a rare surname. My grandfather was Charles Hopcutt and I know the family originated in the Hereford/Worcester area. My father is Roy Trevor Hopcutt and he lives down in the Bouremouth/Poole area but I haven’t seen him or had any contact with his side of the family since I was four in 1965. I wonder if we have any relations in common?? regards Karen Hopcutt

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