Memories of Limpsfield in the Battle of Britain & Blitz

This year’s Limpsfield in Bloom marks the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and while many people may not think of Limpsfield as being at the heart of WWII, as one former resident, the late Patrick Garnett, recalls, it certainly saw its fair share of action in the 1940 battle of the skies…

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Flashback Friday: The History of George Wickham

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”

The Bull – witness to hundreds of years of Limpsfield shenanigans

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”

Tenchleys Manor – memories from childhood

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”

Flashback Friday: White Mare Cottages, Limpsfield Chart

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”

Why is the Limpsfield area overrun with grasshoppers?

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?”

Flashback Friday: Chart Windmill, 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”

Flashback Friday: Convalescent Home at Wolfe House c. 1913

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.

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Flashback Friday: Limpsfield Village in the snow?

Actually we’re not entirely sure if this is Limpsfield in the snow or not – it could be the age of the print – it looks pretty wintry though!  It’s taken from outside what was then The White Hart pub (Lord Rodney/Rodney House) looking down the high street.
The photo is stamped J Brasier, who was J Brasier of the Brasier & Sons family, Builders & Undertakers, based at Brasier’s Cottage, next to what is now Ebbutt & Sons Funerals. They were carpenters and journeymen by trade, so presumably made the coffins as well as undertook the burial?
J Brasier played cricket for Limpsfield into his 70s (in the 1920s) and is, according to this article, directly related to our very own PM, Theresa May (nee Theresa Mary Brasier)!!  Click here to see how they’re related: Find My Past/Theresa May
PS. Sorry for the lateness of this Flashback Friday – I was held up by the snow…and Southern Trains 😉 …

Flashback Friday: Henry Radcliffe Convalescent Home, Trevereux Hill

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”

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