Ernest William Goodchild



A native of Wokingham, Ernest lived at Hillside, Langborough Road, with his parents Mary Ann (b. 1863) and Joseph (1859 - 1900), his sisters Nellie (1888 - 1966) and Elsie (b. 1889), and his brother Dudley (1896 - 1916).

He married Winifred Alice nee Deadon (1901-1993) in 1930 and they moved into No. 3, Park Road, Wokingham. They had a son and a daughter.

He served as company secretary to Hughes & Co. (Reading) Ltd. for 32 years until his retirement in 1962.

Ever active, Ernest was a member if the Committee of Wholesale Tobacco Trade Association. He was invited to accept the position of national president but had to decline because of ill health.

A keen gardener, he was president of the Wokingham Horticultural Association and seldom missed any of the shows. He held a similar position in the Kestrel Lawn Tennis Club and was also associated with the Wokingham and District Arts Group, a member of which painted his portrait which hangs in the Town Hall. For some time he was a member of the Special Constabulary.

Ernest died on Friday, February 10th 1967 at the age of 72. He was cremated in Reading on the following Thursday.


Former Mayors of Wokingham from 1947 - 1979, by J Bell.




“Ernest William Goodchild,” Wokingham's Virtual Museum, accessed November 25, 2020,



Mayor in 1957 - 1958

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