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Petworth - Bric brac & Ephemera
Part of our collection of odds and sods, donated, found or accumulated.
Interesting or junk depends on how you perceive it.

Airmail letter to Ludwig Jeske
Petworth Camp number 3
from Montevideo, Uruguay
although the date is unreadable, the stamps were issued 9 June 1948
This WW2 refugee camp was at the northern section of Petworth Park
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email received 30 July 2014

Dear Gravelroots,
I was doing research into my family history when I came across two people with the surname "Dziadul", my maternal grandfather's surname, travelling on the ship Highland Brigade from Tilbury to Buenos Aires on the 19 March 1949.
I looked at the original image of one of the pages of the ship's manifest with the two Dziaduls on it, before randomly flicking to the page before. Here I saw a passenger called Ludwik Jeske. It said his former address was "Hut 7, Camp 3, Petworth, Sussex". So I Googled "petworth sussex ww2 refugee camp" and it came up with a link to your website.
Here I saw a letter to Ludwig Jeske at Camp 3 from Montevideo, Uruguay. On the ship manifest, it listed Montevideo as the port at which Ludwik would land and that his country of intended future residence was Uruguay. I am guessing that Ludwik and Ludwig were the same person and that the letter was from a friend in Montevideo encouraging him to immigrate to Uruguay, which he did nine months later.
Yours sincerely,
Matthew Waterfield

Petworth DP [displaced Poles] camp in West Sussex - 1949 to 1955 - had a Polish school and library
After World War 2 the majority of Polish troops who had fought alongside the western allies preferred not to return to communist dominated Poland. Reluctantly the British government allowed them to stay in Great Britain. A Polish Resettlement Corps was raised in 1946 as a corps of the British Army into which Poles were enlisted for the period of their demobilization up to 1948. Wives and dependent relatives of the soldiers who were scattered in D.P. Camps throughout Europe, Africa and India were allowed to join them bringing the total estimated numbers to over 200,000 displaced people.
above text sourced from
We would be very grateful for any information or photographs etc on any of the Petworth camps.
Or from anyone with recollections of living in them. - click here for Polish camp

Lord Leconfield driving the Old Times, 1911 Lord Leconfield to rival Vanderbilt
Lord Leconfield drives the coach 'Old Times' from London to Brighton to rival American Alfred Vanderbilt.
May 1911
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A Petworth Posie
arranged by
for the Petworth Park Fete
5th August 1918
In aid of the Sussex County Prisoners of War Fund.
price: One Florin
[equal to 2 shillings or 10 pence now, not a small amount for those days ]


Ships named Petworth - click for enlargements and further photos



Match book
from Petworth Pharmacy
Petworth Washington DC.


Old sign in Petworth warning against throwing stones at buildings in this part of the town.
from: Alan Copelands -
click here for more curiosities


letter 1841 1841 letter to Petworth
Penny red stamp,
postmarked 23 July 1841
note absence of address other than Petworth. Envelopes did not come into use until a lot later, letters were folded and held with a wax seal.



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