These brilliant photos and information are supplied by Richard Symonds, former (retired) Surrey Recorder for the Brewery History Society, who is the author of A Brewing Heritage, using the twin towns Reigate and Redhill as a case study and still researches all sorts of interesting things to do with beer…! Continue reading Flashback Friday: The History of George Wickham
Winston Churchill, Jeremy Thorpe, Edward VII, Queen Victoria and Eric The Keys… just some of the famous and infamous who have passed by or through the the doors of The Bull Inn… Continue reading The Bull – witness to hundreds of years of Limpsfield shenanigans
The lovely White Mare Cottages on Stoneleigh Road that overlook Limpsfield Chart and the National Trust land were first built in the 1800s, but by the 1970s they had fallen into disrepair and become largely derelict.
A local resident and business partner acquired all four cottages in 1980 and set about rebuilding them. The photos were taken in May 1980 – 37 year ago – as building work started. Continue reading Flashback Friday: White Mare Cottages, Limpsfield Chart
If you’ve ever wondered why there’s a Mill Lane and Mill Cottages on Limpsfield Chart, but were afraid to ask… well, it is the site of the Chart Mill which stood on the Chart until 1925. According to OckleyWindmill‘s history on Surrey mills, the mill on Limpsfield Chart was built around 1817 and is unique among Surrey’s mills, because it was the only one to have clockwise sweeps…apparently most mills sweep anti-clockwise… Continue reading Flashback Friday: Chart Windmill, Limpsfield Chart
Currently Wolfe House Residential Care Home, the house on Wolf’s Row, was originally built in the 1800s, when Limpsfield appears to have been awash with auxiliary hospitals and convalescent homes! The Limpsfield Convalescent Home took in injured soldiers during WW1. The original building was destroyed in 1921 and the current one built on its site, continuing as a convalescent home until at least the 1950s.
The Forge and Forge Cottages on Limpsfield High Street (not to be confused with Forge Cottage on Limpsfield Chart – Stoneleigh Road) were built in the late 1600s. The Forge itself (pictured) stood on the end of the cottages on the corner of Priest Hill by Memorial Stores until the 1930s, when it was finally demolished. The four tiny timber and brick/rubble cottages still stand, now painted white and black. Continue reading Flashback Friday: The Forge and Forge Cottages Limpsfield
Now Trevereux Hill’s Chart Ridge, Limpsfield Chart, the Henry Radcliffe Convalescent Home, formerly Charing Cross Auxiliary Hospital was one of several auxiliary hospitals and convalescent homes around Limpsfield and Oxted. Continue reading Flashback Friday: Henry Radcliffe Convalescent Home, Trevereux Hill
It looks rather like the damp, misty and muddy weather we’re having right now and actually Rosewell and Jessamine cottages and Sandridge have changed very little from the outside, but this flashback photo is from 1906. Does anyone know who the local girls standing outside the cottages might be? Continue reading Flashback Friday: A misty Limpsfield High Street c1906