Former St Albans woman dies

A LONG-time resident of St Albans and daughter of a local publican died last month after a long illness.

Queenie Gwendoline Chapman, who was known as Gwen, was the daughter of William Walker who kept the Blacksmiths Arms in St Peter’s Street, St Albans, where she was born in September 1917.

In 1938 she married Charles Chapman and they set up home in Orchard Street where their two children, Christopher and Caroline, were born.

Both she and her husband were members of the Abbey congregation and the Folk Song and Dance Society and they appeared as Saxon peasants in the 1948 Pageant. Gwen was also a Cub leader.

The family left St Albans in 1954 when Charles was appointed head of St Andrew’s School in Much Hadham but they retained strong ties to the city and visited frequently to see family and friends.