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
When I was a little girl, I spent a lot of time at Tenchleys Manor, the then home of one of my childhood friends, Alexia. I lived in a fairly old house myself on Trevereux Hill, but was in awe of the size, age and history of this ancient Manor House. It seemed enormous and spooky to me, then. It’s still huge of course, but not quite as spooky…at least during the day;) Continue reading Tenchleys Manor – memories from childhood
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
You may (or may not) have noticed that the area around Limpsfield has a recurring motif – the grasshopper. This chirpy little critter has given its name to The Grasshopper Inn and Grasshopper on the Green in Westerham and to the local youth team of the Limpsfield and Oxted Cricket Club. It also features as the emblem of Titsey Manor (The Titsey Crest), Botley Hill Farmhouse, The Limpsfield Chart Golf Club and the Limpsfield Decorative Fine Arts Society! Continue reading Why is the Limpsfield area overrun with grasshoppers?
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.
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
We love this photo of a family wandering along the Kent Hatch Road in the sunshine. It shows the huge growth of trees in the Limpsfield Chart area over the last 100 years… Kent Hatch Road and Limpsfield Chart used to be so open and airy! Continue reading Flashback Friday: Limpsfield Chart & St Andrew’s