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"Cleveland", Beech Road, Reigate. Unknown date.

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Jocelynne Rowan from CHELTENHAM posted this comment on Saturday 10 September 2022 18:19:17.

My parents and I lived here, in a first floor flat, in the early 1960s. I remember walking up the garden and going through a small gate to get onto the hill. There was a fire escape from my bedroom window into the garden below, and a rubbish shute from our bathroom into the bins in the basement, which I thought was fascinating!



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The Swimming Bath, Reigate. 1906. A. & G. Taylor.

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Ruth CORNWELL from Bideford posted this comment on Thursday 21 January 2016 20:44:00.

I used to go swimming here after school(Reigate priory) bought a lovely cheese bun from a shop in Holmsdale road then walked through the tunnel back home to blackborough road . It was the very late 50searly 60s lovely days and lovely memories.


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Bruce Richardson from Wirral posted this comment on Saturday 10 September 2022 09:32:04.

I swam many many miles in this pool to get all the badges. Mr Stringle was the teacher. It did not have the wooden cublicles then, there were changing rooms off to each side. You had a box made of hardboard to store your clothes and there was a booth where you handed the box over which was in place of the white wood panel in the centre of this picture.



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Wonham Manor. 1906.

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Sandra Arthurs (nee Wonham) from Kamloops, BC Canada posted this comment on Wednesday 06 January 2010 04:16:00.

This was in my Dad's family at some point in time - not sure of when but was there in Aug 2008 but only at the gate. Unfortunately, we could not get into the grounds. Would have been fab if we could have!!


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Gemma knight from Bexley posted this comment on Friday 14 October 2011 14:21:00.

My father in father - law's mother grew up here as daughter of the housekeeper and gardener and he often visited in his childhood in the 1930's. I would love to be able to take him back to visit so if anyone knows how that would be great!


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Peter Tucker from Reigate posted this comment on Wednesday 19 October 2011 16:06:00.

@ Sandra Arthurs: if this British history website (www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=42950) is reliable, the Wonham family appear to have owned Wonham Manor only until 1646.


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Ashley Wonham from Camden, NSW, Australia posted this comment on Monday 06 February 2012 00:31:00.

I am also a Wonham. we dont know much about our history but I would love to know more... Rumor through the family is that the Wonhams lost the Manor due to gambling debts?

I have always wanted to go and see Wonham Manor... Maybe one day :-)


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Linda Peirce from Bexhill-on-Sea posted this comment on Wednesday 25 April 2012 04:00:00.

My mother was born and grew up here in the 1930's. Her father was chauffeur and they lived in a cottage in the grounds. She told me many tails of life there.


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Linda Hudson from Bournemouth posted this comment on Tuesday 01 January 2013 06:47:00.

I was the housekeeper and my husband was the chef from 1976-1980, we lived in a cottage in the grounds, ''wilkie'' was the butler and we worked for Mr De-Lazlo and Lady Sharples.


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Susan Wright from Golden, B.C. Canada posted this comment on Friday 01 March 2013 18:04:00.

Gemma Knight or Linda Peirce from comments #2 and 5. Please contact me at Box 527, Golden, B.C. V0A 1H0. I'm fairly sure we have the same ancestors. Would love to verify.


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Leslie george Burgess from Deal,Kent,Ct14 6Bu posted this comment on Wednesday 22 January 2014 04:21:00.

My uncle was the Edward Wilkie The Butler at wonham Manor in the Mid Sixties up till he retired i think in the 1980 Approx,as a Boy I spent many School Holidays there along with My Sister Heather Burgess,we stay with My Uncle Edward Wilkie and Ethal Wilkie(Maiden Name :Burgess) in the Butlers Cottage,I remember Mr& Mrs De-Lazlo Very well there son,they had 3 Daughter's the Youngest being Charman De-lazlo, she had a pony called sailor, the Actor Oliver Read would come to stay sometimes, and my uncle Wilkie recovered him from the swimming pool a few time,after Mr Read had drake to much of the De-Lazlo's whisky,Princess Ann would come to stay and to go Horse Riding with the De-lazlo Girls,I can remember Mr Mac the Chef,and Mr Buzzbie the Gardener he had a wife and 3 boys 1 Daughter,they lived in the Cottage at the top of the main Drive way, I play in the Gardens with the Buzzbie Boy my sister Heather would Hang around the stables to get a ride on the Horse, she still Rides to this Day ,Thanks to the Free riding Lesson from the De-Lazlo Family I Learned to Swim in the De-Lazlo's Swimming pool,when they where away from the house,Very Happy Times, I would like to say thank you to the De-Lazlo Family for the kind way they treated my Uncle "Wilkie the Butler"


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Jason Hughes from betchworth posted this comment on Monday 24 March 2014 22:38:00.

I have been at Wonham Manor now for 11 years.


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Robbie Wilson from Reigate posted this comment on Wednesday 17 September 2014 11:59:00.

FAO Jason Hughes: Jason, I hope you don't mind me contacting you via here, but I was hoping to get in touch regarding information about the Wonham Estate, and therefore wondered if you would kindly contact me please? Many thanks.


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jason hughes from Betchworth posted this comment on Tuesday 01 March 2016 15:51:00.

Your welcome to call or email me

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jason hughes from betchworth posted this comment on Saturday 19 November 2016 20:54:00.

You are welcome to come and visit at anytime. Just ring the bell on the Gates

Best wishes

Jason Hughes


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Stephen dewar from Reigate posted this comment on Tuesday 13 December 2016 09:33:00.

Hi there Jason,

I was wondering if you might be able to advise what's happening in the grounds at the moment? Thanks!


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Mark Simmons from Croydon posted this comment on Thursday 26 January 2017 10:35:00.

My maternal grandmother was a Wonham and I am doing history into the family and wondered if anyone can give me any details of the history of the Manor, Mill and Lane


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Ken Dason from Burton on Trent posted this comment on Friday 11 August 2017 10:57:56.

After reading the comments posted. Comment 8 Lesley makes reference to my uncle Arthur Busby, the gardener. As a small boy, our family spent time during one summer (late 60's?)at the gate house for our holiday. From a northern industrial town (Scunthorpe) days spent in the country, exploring the woods and riding in the grass box on the tractor was heavenly. If business takes me in that direction, I would love to have a look at the place again after all these years.


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Georgia Fitzgerald from reigate posted this comment on Sunday 26 November 2017 15:56:10.

Hello Comment 9 - Jason Hughes, are you still living there? If so I am a photographer and I am doing a project on ancient places of beauty would you let me know if your interested in letting me come visit one day. I live in reigate :) Georgia


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jacqueline skinner from weymouth posted this comment on Friday 20 April 2018 21:22:05.

My grandparents lived in the gate house in the late 70s. Grandma being the housekeeper and grandad the gardener. As mentioned previously, i too swam in the pool, road my pony which was kept in the paddock next to the walled garden and walked across the stepping stones on the lake. I would wake up in the bedroom at the back of the bungalow with the horses looking threw the window. Does anyone remember the tortoise who used to pop up all around the garden? I believe my grandparents move when the De-Lazlo's moved on. I also remember 'wilkie' and Mr Mac but more by name than face as i was very young and enjoying the freedom of being an imaginary princess that the De-Lazlo's and this beautiful property allowed me to be. Such memories are priceless!!!


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Alexandra Wolfenden from Manchester posted this comment on Saturday 16 June 2018 08:54:57.

Hi, would love to know if anyone followed Jason Hughes invitation and visited the Manor. Do we know if anyone resides there currently? Would love to visit, the history is fascinating. Alex


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jason hughes from Wonham Manor posted this comment on Saturday 14 July 2018 21:34:33.

I have lived at Wonham Manor now for 16 years with my Wife and three boy's. You are more that welcome to pop round for Tea or coffee and walk around the grounds. View the Manor. Great to hear the stories above. Just write a letter to Wonham Manor, Betchworth, Surrey RH3 7AD with your details and I will ring / email you back.


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Linda Herbert from Perth Australia posted this comment on Thursday 06 September 2018 05:55:01.

So good to read all of these comments. My father was a gardner and my mother one of the house keepers, approximately 1965. We lived in one of the Gardners Cottages on Wonham Lane. My father was Ronnie Skelton and my mum Isabella (Bella) I used to play with Charmian when she was home and the Busby children, I was very friendly with their daughter but sadly I can't remember her name. We rode to Redhill on our bikes one day and couldn't get back so Mr Busby had to come and collect us..I so remember Mr Mac and Wilkie, Mr Mac used to take my mum to Reigate to do her food shopping as we didn't own a car, they were all such lovely people. Sadly we were only there for approximately 1 year, we then moved onto Hadley Woods, Herts. My sister Margaret used to work in London with Damon De Lazlo. I was told the house had been demolished many years ago so it's good to hear it's still there and lived in. On my next visit to the UK I would love to visit the area, it's such a beautiful place.


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David Laidlaw from Betchworth posted this comment on Sunday 11 November 2018 19:39:32.

Hi to anyone who lived in the Manor. I live opposite in Wonham Hill Cottage, built as service accommodation for 'Wonham Hill'. I'm trying to get a list of inhabitants of Wonham Hill Cottage since it was built c.1910. Any leads/info would be gratefully received.


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jason hughes from wonham manor posted this comment on Sunday 11 November 2018 20:26:06.

will check my records tomorrow. Have paperwork going back to 1565 when wonham manor was built.


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mark hancock from wallington posted this comment on Thursday 06 December 2018 17:35:37.

Hi i have cycled passed Wonham manor with my cycling club Anerley bc many times from about 1989 often wondered who lived there,how many deer are in the park,what the history of the place is.


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Sophie Molk from Reigate posted this comment on Wednesday 22 April 2020 20:22:54.

This is so lovely to read, such a beautiful house with so much history.. great that you can all share stories and hopefully find some more information! It’s truest great how much information you can find now days and family history is especially important, so very nice to hear 😊 We walk past Wonham Manor to see the deer so often, they put such a smile on my face, especially at this difficult time! Would love to know how long they have been there? How many are there? They all look so happy, playing together and with the rabbits 🐇


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Helen Hooper from Darftford posted this comment on Thursday 15 October 2020 08:10:55.

I am a decendant of the Stable Familly who lived here in the late 18th early 19th century before moving to Moore Place. We have traced family back to the 15th century and the Munro;s in Scotland. We believe that Dorothy Stable was gifted the house by her father but not sure if he lived here. There is a plaque in the church. We would love to visit and learn anymore about the history and maybe meet any more familly members. Some familly paintings are in the National Portrait Gallary and there is a print of Dorothy with her daughters available. There son Edward was in the Coldstream Guards and was killed at the battle of Waterloo where there is a monument to him.


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jason hughes from betchworth posted this comment on Tuesday 08 December 2020 16:05:38.

Sophie Molk the deer have been here from 1991. We have 280 Deer at the moment. They are Fallow Deer.


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Jo Mole from Reigate posted this comment on Friday 22 January 2021 16:22:01.

My husband lived in Betchworth during the war. He says there were deer in the park then. Do you ever open for visits Jason?


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jason hughes from betchworth posted this comment on Thursday 04 February 2021 19:53:19.

All you have to do is ring the bell on the gates. We put deer back in the park in 1992. During the WW2 the Canadian Army occupied the Manor. Lets get over the pandemic we are in first. How old is your Husband?


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Jo Mole from Reigate posted this comment on Sunday 07 February 2021 22:51:21.

Thank you. He's 83. He was only in Betchworth from about 1940 until 1945. His father was the baker for the village.


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Walter White from Albuquerque, New Mexico posted this comment on Tuesday 06 September 2022 13:49:31.

I remember being in Betwchworth in 1987 and have cycled passed wonham manor many a time since im 52 now and have moved to the USA. IM COMING 2027, SEE YOU SOON ;) !! http://www.savewalterwhite.com/



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Paleys Malthouse, Slipshoe Street. Unknown date. Unknown publisher.

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Jim Clark from Reigate posted this comment on Thursday 01 September 2022 14:27:47.

This malting house is now Somers Hall, built 1885 by Lady Somerset and is occupied by 30th Reigate Scout Group. This picture is therefore pre 1885.The end building is is now Slipshoe Dentist Surgery. Not sure when the building the other side of the dentist was demolished to widen the road



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An aerial photo of Merstham House, the seat of the Jolliffe family (Lord Hylton) until 1899. It was let until the 2nd World War, when it was occupied by the Canadian forces. It was pulled down in the 1950s and the M25 was built through the grounds in the late 1970s. Gatton Bottom can be seen curving along the top of the picture below the dovecote which still stands (following repairs in 1991). The old Rectory is mainly hidden behind the trees to the right.

With thanks to Alex Hunter, author of "20th Century Merstham", which is available from the Ancient House Bookshop, Reigate.


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David Jeffery from Petersfield posted this comment on Friday 10 February 2017 16:53:00.

Can you please confirm that Merstham House was demolished in 1934?


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Martin Gittins from Manchester posted this comment on Monday 15 May 2017 15:59:00.

Please can anyone tell me where Leiutenant William Jolliffe who died at this house on 1 June 1876, aged 75 is buried.

Thank you


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Christine Dick from Dundee posted this comment on Saturday 14 September 2019 18:37:37.

The Walker family were living there in 1908. (see Tom Edwards)


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CynthiamKirby nee Bramham from Norwich posted this comment on Wednesday 17 August 2022 22:25:24.

I was evacuated age 4 to Merstham and lived in Merstham House from September 1939 ~ summer 1940. My older sister has died and we lived there with June and Francis. Does anyone else remember this period?



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Mrs Young, Crossways House, Reigate Hill. 1922. Redhill Photo Co.

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Robin Newell from Mitcham posted this comment on Tuesday 09 August 2022 11:43:35.

My grandparents worked & lived in here in the early 1950's the old stables at the rear had been converted to accommodate an electricity generator, which as a child I thought was very exciting but also very noisy.



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View from Small Holdings, South Nutfield. Unknown date. D Wilderspin.
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that Bottery Windmill is in the distance.

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David Reginald spencer from Lowestoft posted this comment on Sunday 13 February 2022 18:41:31.

I was at high beech in 1968 the best thing that happened to me mr rushworth was the master I remember mr nick who at the time was pensioner but very fit for his age I also remember mr smith who was a really nice guy whilst there I worked on a pig farm for a group captain Harris and his wife both of them were very kind to me to the right of high beech house was a dove cote and group captain Harris purchased a pair of doves for me to keep in the dove cote I was so happy to be able to care for and breed youngsters from them I spent the rest of my working life as a deep sea trawler man and worked my way up to chief engineer I am now retired but will never forget my time at high beech stay safe everyone


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Michael Glyn Holdsworth from Haworth posted this comment on Saturday 06 August 2022 22:56:08.

My story was the same as the one above but much earlier. I was there in 1959. Group Captain Harris and his family, Tim and Janine were fantastic. I was very happy working there and it changed my life. mr. Smith ran the garden and chicken farm at High Beech. Mr. Nick was a great guy.



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Chalk Farm, Ringley Park Avenue.

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Simon Humphreys from Reigate posted this comment on Sunday 02 September 2012 16:25:00.

On the 1871 and 1896 25" series OS maps this is marked as Ringley Park Farm. Then on the 1914 and 1933 maps it's labelled Hightrees Farm. Perhaps Chalk Farm was a local name? It appears to have been built from Reigate Stone, which can look like chalk. But I think you (Paul) referred to a Mr Chalk as the farmer. Was this from a census return?


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Jo Ellis from Preston posted this comment on Tuesday 14 January 2014 11:47:00.

The name "Chalk" Farm may have come from the fact that the Chalk family lived there for many years. One daughter and a granddaughter who lived there is still alive although very elderly who could verify the details.


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Jo Ellis from Preston posted this comment on Thursday 24 September 2015 20:31:00.

Sadly the last daughter of William Chalk of High Trees Farm has now passed away. Her daughter who lived there as a little girl has found photos of various family members at the farm including a group skating on the pond. I have fond memories of visiting as a child but sadly both my grandparents died before I was born.A large Alsation dog and the geese were always 'on guard' around the yard and the pond - happy days!


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Wendy Cross from Murrow, Wisbech posted this comment on Thursday 19 November 2015 16:40:00.

My grandfather and grandmother used to live opposite the farm and I used to go to the pond quite often and be chased back over the road by the geese and am still frightened to this day of geese, such wonderful memories. Mt grandfather was gardener to Maclean's in one of his houses he lived.


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Jo Ellis from Preston posted this comment on Wednesday 31 August 2016 11:05:00.

Does Wendy Cross have memories of the 6 daughters of William and May Chalk? They were Eva (Sue), Lavina (Lila), Kitty (Midge), Brenda, Dora and Jean. I am the daughter of Dora and have happy memories of visiting Auntie Sue at the farm. where she lived for many years after the death of my grandparents. I also remember Auntie Ada (Simmons) who lived in the cottage in the yard. The haulage business set up there by my grandfather continued to be run by the Simmons brothers and some of the Chalk sisters until the early 1970's.


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Wendy Cross from Murrow, Wisbech posted this comment on Wednesday 31 August 2016 14:26:00.

I am sorry I do not remember the family who lived there as I was only eight when my Grandmother passed away in the house opposite and my Grandfather moved to live with my Mother and I away from that close area. The pond was divided from the house by a row of buildings and I used to keep away from the house area as I was not supposed to be there at all!!! I used to go and feed the ducks, but as I mentioned earlier used to get chased by the geese. Vivid memories of that time.


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M. Hennessy from Reigate posted this comment on Monday 03 April 2017 18:08:00.

Does anyone have information on the history of Ringley Park House, 59 Reigate Road?


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John Sloboda from London posted this comment on Friday 29 July 2022 14:20:22.

My great uncle was a private gardener (his wife a maidservant). Both lived in or close to the houses they served, and on the national census of 1939, their address is given as Ringley, Reigate Road, Reigate. Could they have been in service to the owners ofRingley Park House?



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Reigate County School for Girls. Unknown date. Pan-Aero Pictures.

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Mandy Thompson from Peterborough posted this comment on Saturday 09 October 2021 12:38:03.

What a fabulous picture. I lived at 1 South Walk from 1959 until 1975 and this photo pre-dates that by several years. It does not include the pre-fab canteen, or the netball and tennis courts which were there when I was at RCS (1964-1971). Also amazing coincidence that the photo was uploaded on my birthday. Thanks


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Marion Howser from near Peterborough posted this comment on Saturday 13 November 2021 21:41:36.

I was there from 1951 and the pre-fab canteen was already there. There was an entrance to the old air-raid shelter on the front lawn - it was said this linked up with the tunnels under the town.


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Mandy Thompson from Peterborough posted this comment on Sunday 21 November 2021 12:14:53.

I remember the entrance to the air raid shelter but it was not accessible at all by the time I was at school there. There were a lot of stories about tunnels joining up (and of course The Castle Grounds are very near) but my mum, Audrey Ward, who knew a lot about the local history and had been down all the tunnels that were known about, said that most of the stories had no basis in fact.


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Geraldine Foy from Horley posted this comment on Thursday 28 July 2022 10:10:39.

This photo may be in the 1930s or early 1940s. To the right of the building (where tennis courts were later built) you can see the gardens where the girls grew flowers, and in wartime vegetables. The pre-fab canteen wasn't erected until the 1940s. The pavilion is possibly in the top left corner, and that was erected in 1935.



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Breech Lane and School, Walton-on-the-Hill. Unknown date. Unknown publisher.

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William (Bill) Armstrong from Kidderminster posted this comment on Thursday 07 September 2017 15:42:45.

This is how I remember the lane and the school, which I attended from 1952 (I think!) until 1955 (definitely). The head was Miss Pocock and my form teachers, in order were Miss Triman, Miss Dunn and Mr. Couston. I'm not sure about the spelling of the first of these but do recall that she was known as Fatty! In the very early days, there was a Mr. Craighill, again not sure about the spelling and later and from Oz I think, a Mrs. Fink, who drove a pre-war Wolseley. I'd like to hear from anyone who was in my class. Cheers and best wishes, Bill


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BARRIE GILBERT from TADWORTH posted this comment on Saturday 27 October 2018 15:31:01.

I attended here 1955-1959 I remember Miss POCOCK very well Myself and two girls ..we all lived on the then new and unfinished PRESTON HAWE ESTATE..were first taken by coach from the estate to Walton by coach After about 6 months all the pupils from the estate were offered places at Picquets way, but the 3 of us loved that school so much we decided to stay We had to catch the 80a bus from Shelvers way to the Chequers by ourselves every school day..was so safe then! Sometime Miss Pocock would give us a lift home in her BOND 3 wheeler..We kept in touch for a number of years after the 3 of us moved to the NEW DeBurgh school I went into the old school (now community centre) for the first time in over 50 years last year..what memories!!


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Bill Armstrong from Kidderminster posted this comment on Wednesday 07 November 2018 16:28:08.

You must have had to walk the length of Shelvers Way to get the 80A - I believe that the bus stop in question was more widely known as Waterhouse Lane, which was the road leading to Kingswood village. Miss Pocock's first car was a Series 1 Morris Eight with, if I recall correctly, faded green paintwork. I do remember that soon after passing her driving test, she seemed to put what was then known as "Kangaroo Petrol" in the tank! I never had a ride in either the Morris or the Bond Minicar but did have some in Mrs. Fink's Wolseley. Also some pillion rides (no crash helmet of course)on Mr. Couston's Francis-Barnet motorbike - before he got this, he had a pushbike with a Cyclemaster engine in the rear wheel.


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Steve Gale from Torbay posted this comment on Monday 30 May 2022 21:48:18.

When I attended the junior school (1959 - 1963), Miss Pocock had graduated to a Renault Dauphine. She used to park it at the top of Breech Lane, near the church entrance. Can recall two other teachers from that period: Mr. Calcutt and Mr. Farrow (who'd carelessly lost a couple of fingers tips at some point). One of the annual highlights was the school Ascension Day outing to a place of educational interest. I can remember trips to Haslemere museum, the Commonwealth Institute, and Runnymede (site of Magna Carta signing).


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Bill Armstrong from Kidderminster posted this comment on Tuesday 21 June 2022 21:40:35.

The church entrance seemed to have been the school’s unofficial car park, as that’s where the aforesaid Bond, Morris and Wolseley rested. I remember the Epsom Coaches brining in pupils (students nowadays!) and there were at least two. I don’t recall any Ascension Day outings but do remember Miss Dunn taking some of us up to London in 1953 to see the Coronation decorations. We also saw “Buck House” and walked up Downing Street. I didn’t like football then (nothing has changed there) but did go on a trip to Wembley, Mr. Couston officiating, to see a Schoolboys’ International there, Wales v. England. It was the outing that appealed and I still remember the unusual coach that we went in and other items of transport interest that I saw (nothing’s changed here insofar as my interests are concerned?). I remember carol services in the church, rehearsals taking place in the organ loft (is that what it’s called?) climbing up a steep, narrow stairway I and being impressed by Mr. Couston’s playing, with hands as well as feet, and the result of a stop marked “swell” being pulled out. Well, that’s more than enough, so best wishes to all.


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Bill Armstrong from Kidderminster posted this comment on Wednesday 20 July 2022 09:57:05.

The church entrance seemed to have been the school’s unofficial car park, as that’s where the aforesaid Bond, Morris and Wolseley rested. I remember the Epsom Coaches brining in pupils (students nowadays!) and there were at least two. I don’t recall any Ascension Day outings but do remember Miss Dunn taking some of us up to London in 1953 to see the Coronation decorations. We also saw “Buck House” and walked up Downing Street. I didn’t like football then (nothing has changed there) but did go on a trip to Wembley, Mr. Couston officiating, to see a Schoolboys’ International there, Wales v. England. It was the outing that appealed and I still remember the unusual coach that we went in and other items of transport interest that I saw (nothing’s changed here insofar as my interests are concerned?). I remember carol services in the church, rehearsals taking place in the organ loft (is that what it’s called?) climbing up a steep, narrow stairway I and being impressed by Mr. Couston’s playing, with hands as well as feet, and the result of a stop marked “swell” being pulled out. Well, that’s more than enough, so best wishes to all.



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