Knaphill is a village on the edge of Woking. The Knaphill nurseries of Waterer and Slocock were famed for the plants they produced, especially rhododendrons.

Knaphill: Memory Lane
Since 2005 the Knaphill Residents’ Association (KRA) has interviewed many local Knaphill residents and listened to their recollections of the village in their lifetimes. The members of the KRA are all volunteers and do not claim any training in these matters, but are keen to help new residents be aware of Knaphill’s recent past and let them share some of the memories and history.

Edited versions of the articles can be read in the pdfs of past copies of the Newsletters on the KRA website. More complete notes from the conversations and interviews are gradually being added under the ‘Memory Lane’ section on the site.

There are also KRA pages and a clear Memory Lane section on the Window on Woking site; articles are gradually being added as volunteer time permits.The KRA has also held a number of Memory Lane events at the Vyne Community Centre in Knaphill and brought together old school friends and neighbours, past staff from Brookwood Hospital and helped to revive memories of the village. Sadly many of those the KRA chatted to in the early years of note taking have now passed away, but the memories have been ‘captured’ before they fade forever.

KRA would be pleased to hear from present and past residents and any other people who have a link with Knaphill who would like to add to their memories to the Memory Lane Series: email [email protected].

Peter Davison in 2012 © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons

Peter Davison

Knaphill was once the home to the actor Peter Davison famous for his role in the 1980’s as The Fifth Doctor from the Science Fiction Television Show Doctor Who, for three years, as well as his role as Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small, for thirty-two years.

Doctor Who

When Peter said he accepted his role as the Doctor, Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, advised that he should only do three series (72 Episodes and one special) otherwise he wouldn’t be able to get other work. In interview, Peter said that he rather liked Season 21 but wished he continued.

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