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Arthur Worthington, with his wife Audrey, lived in a bungalow at the end, or at least what was then the end of De Vere Close.

Whilst to may people, he had a gruff manner, in 1959, it was Arthur who generously sold part of his land on which to build the Scout & Guide Hall. The sum involved was just �30, a very modest sum, even at the time. 

Arthur came to Wivenhoe from Australia, where he had been a woodsman. He built the bungalow in De Vere Close himself and it was enormously strong, so much so that when an enormous poplar crashed down on it during the 1987 hurricane, cracking in half, only a few ridge tiles were broken (see picture below).

Today, the bungalow has been substantially extended and two houses are built in the rest of the garden at the end of the Close.   

(Note:  If you know more about Arthur Worthington that you feel should be recorded, then please send me details in an e-mail. Thanks. Peter Hill. Click for e-mail)   

Audrey and Arthur Worthington standing outside their bungalow in De Vere Close with a tree that toppled over onto their home. Miraculously, the bungalow was undamaged.

Picture Sue Murray ARPS