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Chilmead Farm. September 1931. With thanks to Margaret Murrell.
Mr Arnold and Mr Love who were farm workers and lived in the farm cottages adjacent to the farm. RH side coming down Cormongers Lane.

Comment 1

David Watson from Nutfield posted this comment on Saturday 05 December 2009 16:00:00.

I think this might be my house!


Comment 2

Louise Hobson from Farnborough posted this comment on Wednesday 08 February 2012 09:47:00.

My Nan lived at Chilmead on Cormongers Lane. Her father was Mr Arnold pictured above.

Her name is Betty Arnold,born 1923, and currently lives next door to me. I am going to show her these photos later on today.

How did you come to have them??

Regards

louise


Comment 3

John Elphick from Marden, Kent posted this comment on Wednesday 26 November 2014 12:36:00.

In the 1940`s I spent many happy hours with Fred Arnold riding on the tractor at Chilmead Farm. I also helped Tom Bassett with the horses. It was Fred who taught me to drive and encouraged me into agriculture.


Comment 4

Paul Robert Terry from lower hutt Wellington N.Z. posted this comment on Tuesday 09 December 2014 20:39:00.

John Elphick and I used ride on the back of the tractor with Tom Arnold during the school holidays,even drove the tractor so Tom could have a snooze,drove also during the harvesting.Tom Basset used to have a seat on his old Fordson Major for daughter to sit in,Tom always had a pipe hanging from his mouth.


Comment 5

Dawn Stephens from Horley posted this comment on Saturday 21 May 2016 11:29:00.

My Father "Dick" Chalk worked on Chilmead Farm from 1946-1962 It was great fun spending time on the farm harvesting time an potato picking for 6d and a packet of Spangles!We lived next door to the Terry Family.


Comment 6

Rodney Parsons from Merstham posted this comment on Saturday 17 September 2016 15:46:00.

Remember John Elphic, Ted and Allan Bristow. Also frank Durman who chased me from apple trees and cornfields many times.


Comment 7

Paul Robert Terry from Lower Hutt posted this comment on Sunday 18 September 2016 09:08:00.

My father worked for Frank Durham at Battlebridge Farm with Ted Bristow,they hand milked cows for a number of years before milking machines were installed.We lived in the old cottages 190 Nutfield Road.


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Anne Richardson from Farnborough posted this comment on Friday 23 September 2016 09:25:00.

I was born at Chilmead Farm in 1949 and Fred Arnold (above) was my grandfather. I remember being given pushed down the lane in my pram by Mable Bassett and I remember the milking she'd and the bull in the yard. I also spent many happy hours on the back of the tractor and riding the cows back from the field for milking. We used to visit the Stevens family who lived in the cottage on the bend of the lane. I have a photograph of the farmhouse and photograph of my grandfather that was in the national news when he found the body of gentleman who had committed suicide.


Comment 9

Chris Stevens from Reigate posted this comment on Wednesday 09 May 2018 20:05:38.

My Dad was Norman Stevens, he lived at Cormongers lane, along with his brothers George and Ray. Their Father ,Walter,worked as a gardener. Is this the Stevens family you refer to??


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Rodney H Parsons from merstham posted this comment on Monday 14 May 2018 01:02:35.

Somebody must remember the stately house close to Chilmead Farm. Owned by the Reeves family. They most likely owned the farm at one time. The house was not on Cormongers Lane but on the road heading across the marsh.



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Entrance to Capenor, Nutfield. Unknown date. Allen Stores.

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Bruce Richardson from Heswall posted this comment on Monday 21 January 2013 21:39:00.

Capenor was originally the name of what is now Robert Denholm House. This is the old entrance by the Lodge. Coopers Hill Road is on the right of the frame, the roof on the right still exists.

When the estate was broken up in the mid 1960's the name of Capenor was taken by the buildings that where the stables, behind the lodge in Coopers Hill Road.


Comment 2

Stella Granville (ex Skelton) from Redhill posted this comment on Sunday 13 May 2018 10:40:21.

Hello Bruce. I stayed with my aunt, Christiane Hughes, who bought the one corner of Capenor that was the old stables. She did massive conversions on it. I remember your mother. Also the Tophams who lived next door.



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Chilmead Farm. September 1931. With thanks to Margaret Murrell.
Mr Arnold and Mr Love who were farm workers and lived in the farm cottages adjacent to the farm. RH side coming down Cormongers Lane.

Comment 1

David Watson from Nutfield posted this comment on Saturday 05 December 2009 16:00:00.

I think this might be my house!


Comment 2

Louise Hobson from Farnborough posted this comment on Wednesday 08 February 2012 09:47:00.

My Nan lived at Chilmead on Cormongers Lane. Her father was Mr Arnold pictured above.

Her name is Betty Arnold,born 1923, and currently lives next door to me. I am going to show her these photos later on today.

How did you come to have them??

Regards

louise


Comment 3

John Elphick from Marden, Kent posted this comment on Wednesday 26 November 2014 12:36:00.

In the 1940`s I spent many happy hours with Fred Arnold riding on the tractor at Chilmead Farm. I also helped Tom Bassett with the horses. It was Fred who taught me to drive and encouraged me into agriculture.


Comment 4

Paul Robert Terry from lower hutt Wellington N.Z. posted this comment on Tuesday 09 December 2014 20:39:00.

John Elphick and I used ride on the back of the tractor with Tom Arnold during the school holidays,even drove the tractor so Tom could have a snooze,drove also during the harvesting.Tom Basset used to have a seat on his old Fordson Major for daughter to sit in,Tom always had a pipe hanging from his mouth.


Comment 5

Dawn Stephens from Horley posted this comment on Saturday 21 May 2016 11:29:00.

My Father "Dick" Chalk worked on Chilmead Farm from 1946-1962 It was great fun spending time on the farm harvesting time an potato picking for 6d and a packet of Spangles!We lived next door to the Terry Family.


Comment 6

Rodney Parsons from Merstham posted this comment on Saturday 17 September 2016 15:46:00.

Remember John Elphic, Ted and Allan Bristow. Also frank Durman who chased me from apple trees and cornfields many times.


Comment 7

Paul Robert Terry from Lower Hutt posted this comment on Sunday 18 September 2016 09:08:00.

My father worked for Frank Durham at Battlebridge Farm with Ted Bristow,they hand milked cows for a number of years before milking machines were installed.We lived in the old cottages 190 Nutfield Road.


Comment 8

Anne Richardson from Farnborough posted this comment on Friday 23 September 2016 09:25:00.

I was born at Chilmead Farm in 1949 and Fred Arnold (above) was my grandfather. I remember being given pushed down the lane in my pram by Mable Bassett and I remember the milking she'd and the bull in the yard. I also spent many happy hours on the back of the tractor and riding the cows back from the field for milking. We used to visit the Stevens family who lived in the cottage on the bend of the lane. I have a photograph of the farmhouse and photograph of my grandfather that was in the national news when he found the body of gentleman who had committed suicide.


Comment 9

Chris Stevens from Reigate posted this comment on Wednesday 09 May 2018 20:05:38.

My Dad was Norman Stevens, he lived at Cormongers lane, along with his brothers George and Ray. Their Father ,Walter,worked as a gardener. Is this the Stevens family you refer to??


Comment 10

Rodney H Parsons from merstham posted this comment on Monday 14 May 2018 01:02:35.

Somebody must remember the stately house close to Chilmead Farm. Owned by the Reeves family. They most likely owned the farm at one time. The house was not on Cormongers Lane but on the road heading across the marsh.



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Reigate; Doods Road. Unknown date. Unknown publisher.

Comment 1

Beth Howell from Coventry posted this comment on Friday 30 November 2012 21:05:00.

This includes The Great Doods Pigeon Loft of 18 Doods Road, which was commandeered for the war effort and kept under armed guard. 6 of the Pigeons got the Dickens Medal from the PDSA. By brother now lives there and I would love to be able to get a copy of this photo, if possible. Regards Beth Howell.


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John Griffiths-Colby from Reigate posted this comment on Tuesday 24 April 2018 22:26:12.

Hi Beth, oddly enough I live in the next road, and dug up a WW1 medal belonging to a Clement Cecil Clay who lived at 20 Doods Road until his death in 1973 - but he was originally from Chilvers Coton, Nuneaton - your neck of the woods! Regards John Griffiths-Colby



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High Beech, Nutfield. Unknown date. Aerofilms Ltd.

Comment 1

Anthony Meredith from Akeley, Buckingham posted this comment on Saturday 06 March 2010 10:47:00.

The photograph dates to 1950-54. High Beech, dating to Edwardian times, was built (in grounds of 20 acres) for Robert Carter, a successful London stockbroker. As a committed Christian, Carter deliberately chose a site for his home near South Nutfield Church. After the Second World War the house was too big for the elderly Carters, and in 1949 the house was sold to the London Police Court Mission to become a probation home, the idea of David Carter MBE, one of Robert's sons, who became the first Warden. The photograph clearly shows the lighter coloured brick, to the right of the house, which was the extension put on at this time to enable the house to cope with its new role. The photograph also shows the very tiny figures of David Carter (standing) and a group of boys (sitting) on the strip of grass, just to the left of the new front entrance. David Carter (1916-70) retired as Warden in 1954 - he subsequently founded Northease Manor School, near Lewes - but High Beech continued its work as a probation home until 1978. The house is now (I believe) back in private ownership.

(Tony Meredith, David Carter's son-in-law)


Comment 2

keith dawson from market rasen posted this comment on Friday 27 May 2011 14:42:00.

in 1957 i was sent to high beech for 1 year,at the time their was a waiting list as it was perceived as the best in the country. the staff were very fair and we were taught a number of skills, the recreation and outdoor activities were second to none, looking back on the experience it was one of the best periods of my life.

k dawson


Comment 3

John Edward Johnson from Richmond posted this comment on Thursday 27 September 2012 20:37:00.

I was sent there, I was a young teen teraway not a happy time. One year there then home to Kuala Lumpur. 15 years of age no job no hope. Joined the Army. Boys service. I did not get homesick I had got used to being away.


Comment 4

MICHAEL CLARKE from MORDEN posted this comment on Tuesday 05 February 2013 10:00:00.

I WAS SENT THERE FOR A YEAR IN 1962-63 FIRST TIME AWAY FROM HOME.IT MADE ME STAND UP FOR MY SELF AND ALL STAFF WHERE VERY GOOD AND I OFTEN THINK OF MY TIME THERE. I THINK THE WARDEN WAS A MR WALKER.


Comment 5

John Howell from Guildford posted this comment on Saturday 17 August 2013 17:16:00.

Used to go High Beech as a young kid with my father (who worked for LPCM - later Rainer) for the cricket matches - the pitch fell victim to the M23. Still have a table leaf produced by the carpentry shop. Think a Mr Nicholls was on the the staff there.


Comment 6

Mrs Jacqueline Boyes from Sussac, France. posted this comment on Friday 08 August 2014 10:55:00.

I lived in a cottage in the grounds of High Beech, from birth in 1954 until I was 18 years old. My father was the horticultural instructor at the probation home at High Beech - Mr William Philip Smith. He also taught animal husbandry. It was, as I remember, a very successful school for young offenders and I still have letters of thanks that were sent to my father from boys who had worked under him and then made good in their lives. I remember there were several occasions, as I was growing up, that different young men would turn up, with a wife and family, to see my father and show him what a success they had made and to thank him for how he and the school had helped them. I remember that the home was run very strictly but there was fun too - like the making of guys for the huge bonfire and fireworks display on November 5th every year. The home taught the boys a trade - cooking, gardening, animal husbandry, woodwork - and above all self respect and respect for others. Such a pity that such places do not exist now.


Comment 7

Pilgrim Patton from Plymouth posted this comment on Tuesday 22 March 2016 13:50:00.

I was here for 10 months during 1967. My name then was Kevin Patton. The warden was a Mr. Walker & his wife was the Matron. One of the staff, whom I remember as Peter Smith, lived in a cottage in the grounds with his wife. During that summer Mr. Smith moved to an approved school, i think in Buckinghamshire. All the boys were allowed a week on home-leave, but because i had no family i went with Mr. Smith & his wife for a week in their new home.I cant remember all the lads names but there was a Mick Jones-Leeds, Tony Wright-Kent, Zigmund Fialka-?,Dave Smith-Manchester,John ?-Somerset, & a John Hickling(?)-Nottingham. You had to stand up for yourself there, but it was still a pretty good 10months there. If I hadn't done wrong I would not have been there, but i certainly learned to stay on the straight & narrow after that.


Comment 8

Michael Wilde from Prenton posted this comment on Friday 21 July 2017 16:42:39.

1966-67 I was sent or take to high beech (Michael Wilde) I had a stoke in 2002 but can remember some parts like when I got there I think Mr Walker tuck me to Regate to buy some thing to wear in a Humber car I think changing my life for the good . Mike


Comment 9

Michelle Butler from Tamworth posted this comment on Monday 23 April 2018 13:55:13.

My father was sent to High Beech in Oct 1957. He recently passed away and we found two photo's, a postcard of the home and a picture of him with another group of lads in Wales on a trip. His name was Edward Birch and he came from Stockport Cheshire. Would love to hear off anyone who knew him.



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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!!


Comment 2

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!


Comment 3

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.


Comment 4

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 :-)


Comment 5

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.


Comment 6

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.


Comment 7

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.


Comment 8

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"


Comment 9

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.


Comment 10

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.


Comment 11

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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Comment 12

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


Comment 13

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!


Comment 14

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


Comment 15

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.


Comment 16

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


Comment 17

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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Holmesdale Road, Reigate. School and tuck shop. 1970.

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Paul Gale from Clevedon posted this comment on Friday 15 June 2012 12:33:00.

I attended Holmesdale Primary School from 1958 to 1964. We used to buy our sweets in "Hester's" sometimes, but actually preferred Dodd's sweetshop further up the road. I think we were all a bit scared of Mrs Hester!


Comment 2

Michael John Thorp from Droebak, Norway posted this comment on Sunday 12 August 2012 11:20:00.

The shop-fronted building between Hester's and the school, No 79 was my home during and after the war. My father was in the Army and was injured during the Dunkerque evacuation and ended up in the East Surrey Hospital. Mother left our house in Camden Town to be with him and later moved the family to Reigate. This must have been 1943. Subsequently my brother Jim and I were evacuated to Somerset from Holmesdale Road School.


Comment 3

Barbara Tucker from steyning posted this comment on Saturday 11 May 2013 08:45:00.

I attended Holmesdale School until 1946 and can remember going into Mrs Hester's shop to buy wafer biscuits, twelve for a penny, as sweets were practically unobtainable. Opposite the school there was a greengrocer and we would go in there and buy a carrot. There was a knife on the counter so we were able to scrape the carrot and eat it on our way home. Happy days!


Comment 4

Rob Catt from Redhill posted this comment on Thursday 16 May 2013 17:32:00.

I lived in an old house in Wray Park Road where the back gate led onto Warren Road with a short walk down Marks Street to Hester's. Mrs Hester was a lovely lady, always wore an apron, and had lots of time for a scruffy little boy. I loved her jars of sweets especially blackjacks at 4 for a penny. 1952 to 1958 at Holmesdale School - fun days.


Comment 5

jan catt from Tucson, Arizona posted this comment on Thursday 29 August 2013 23:08:00.

And what about the yellow sherbert and the gobstoppers...?

Remember the shop being packed, but I don't recall any pushing and shoving. She controlled us well We moved from Wray Park Road to 103A Holmesdale Road in the early 50's

I attended Holmesdale School from 1950?-1954


Comment 6

Roger Campbell from Bourne, Lincs posted this comment on Thursday 26 December 2013 14:11:00.

I remember Mrs Hester with great affection, she always gave you a little extra in the bag. Attended Holmesdale road school 1954 to 1960. My older brother Barry said when ever there was an air raid Mrs Hester was always last to the shelter and always came with sweets for the children. I remember Rob Catt and I am sure that Jan Catt was a good friend of my sister, Valerie ( Sally ) Campbell.


Comment 7

Linda Holloway (nee Middleton from Cullompton posted this comment on Tuesday 28 January 2014 13:52:00.

Lovely to see a picture of Holmesdale School and Hesters. I have clear memories of Mrs Hester's apron. Also recall rushing in there on hot summer days to see if she had any frozen jubblys left........ or was that at Dodd's?

We moved to Reigate in 1962 and I moved on to Bishop Simpson's in 1963, but remember several other poster's names. I was Linda Middleton then. Also remember my class teacher Mr Yates and the overwhelming smell of smoke and his yellow fingers! My school report from him includes a very smudgy black thumb mark!

I have been looking for an online place to post some photos of Bishop Simpson School 6th form in 1969/70 but cannot locate a website or alumni page. Any advice gladly received!


Comment 8

Julia Hanley nee Dawes from Redhill posted this comment on Thursday 17 September 2015 18:54:00.

I too remember Hester's sweet shop and I was in the same class as Paul Gale (comment 1 above). What a lovely trip down memory lane.


Comment 9

Ian Robertson from Accrington posted this comment on Thursday 13 October 2016 17:58:00.

I was a pupil at Holmesdale Road School from 1950. I remember Miss Herbert and Miss Duncalf. Yes the sweet shop at Miss Hester's is a memory and Blackwood Nursery opposite. Anyone remember me? I lived in Rushworth Road and enjoyed time at school much, especially yearly Carnaval. Text me on 07833099457


Comment 10

John Nicholson from Norwich UK posted this comment on Monday 24 October 2016 11:31:00.

I went to school at Reigate Grammar in the late fifties, catching a bus from Charlwood to Harley, a train to Redhill, another to Reigate and finally walked along Holmesdale Road in the direction of the school. I remember a shop there that sold home-made ice lollies for an old penny, bliss on a hot day walking back down the road to catch the train home. I remember Jan Catt too, an exceptional athlete especially in the long jump, and her Mum and Dad, a lovely warm-hearted couple from Wales.


Comment 11

Ruth cornwell from Bideford posted this comment on Tuesday 06 June 2017 17:46:14.

I remember the home made 1p lollys looked orange but mostly water, perfect for a hot summer day and after swimming at Reigate swimming baths.also lovely cheese buns which were delicious never seem to get any that taste the same since Those far off days.


Comment 12

Tessa Colman from Ashford posted this comment on Saturday 10 March 2018 17:50:40.

I was at Holmesdale School from c1961 - 1969, ending up in Mr Chitty's class. Ken Turrell you were in my class! Fond memories of Mrs Hester's and I remember walking to the old dinner hall and all the teachers mentioned above, especially Mr Yeats' yellow fingers! He taught us how to sharpen pencils with a blade, and Mrs Ward taught us needlework. I was a bit scared of Miss Newton, also of Miss Kennet ('talk to yourself Miss Kennet' she would say). My mum Mrs Colman taught French. I remember Mr Price well, his middle name was Israel, he drove a white Jaguar and he was instrumental in converting the playground shelter into a television studio. I remember Miss Hughes too, very glam and Welsh like Mr Price, but she left very suddenly....


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tony colman from West norwood posted this comment on Sunday 11 March 2018 21:36:40.

I was at holmesdale 1965 - 1968 and remember Mrs Hester’s very well. Used to love buying the sweet cigarettes and coconut tobacco (what was it called?) didn’t turn me into a smoker! I loved Mr Price’s tv studio, clear memories of having to ‘stand under the clock’ as punishment and most of the teachers were nice or funny - a bit scared of Mrs Ianga and Mrs McCady (anyone else remember the song we made up about her?) and yes I’m Tessa’s brother. Was very sad to leave, I was so happy there.


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Rosemary Harris from bournemouth posted this comment on Friday 13 April 2018 19:18:11.

Lots of memories flooding back! Remember the sweets and also the lovely greasy chips wrapped in newspaper from the fish and chip shop-just the thing after a swim in the indoor pool that is no more. Anyone remember the freezing cold outdoor pool we used to use in Alma Road? I recollect the name Paul Gale and of course Julie Dawes who I went on to Purley Grammar with. I got into trouble and had to sit outside Mr Price's office feeling humiliated waiting for a wrap on the knuckles with a ruler but he was friends with my parents as he lived a couple of doors away from us and I got a telling instead!



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"Hethersett", Reigate. 1920. Unknown publisher.

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Patricia Aubrey from Ascot, Berkshire posted this comment on Saturday 18 June 2011 12:15:00.

Hethersett belonged to my great-uncle - Julius Auerbach and lived there with his wife, Helena Auerbach from 1894 to 1956. It is our family home.

However,unfortunately, because my father, Harold Auerbach, his nephew, did not continue the family busines - Dreyfus & Co - Julius's wife, Helena, left the house to the secretary who in turn left it to the RNIB in 1952 to set up a Residential home for the blind. We have several photos of the house and some original etchings. The house should have gone back to the family but we did not claim it. I went to visit it myself in 1991. If you would like further information about the house or its owner, Julius Auerbach - please contact me via my e-mail address: - Patricia Aubrey (formerly Auerbach)- great-niece of Julius Auerbach.


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Charlotte Copus-Hayes from Clapton, London posted this comment on Friday 27 April 2012 00:29:00.

I'm interested to know about a gallery called Hethersett Galleries on Philanthropic Rd. Was it based in this house? I bought a pencil illustration in a charity shop which has the gallery's sticker on the back. The frame looks 1970s ish style. In particular does anyone know of a link to E H Shepard as the drawong is of one of his Winnie the Pooh illustrations but probably a copy by someone else ( no visible signature). Fascinating to read about the house, though I've. no local connection.

Charlotte


Comment 3

rue from London posted this comment on Monday 14 January 2013 16:49:00.

This looks very Gothic, almost worthy of Horace Walpole.

As a matter of interest, can anyone tell me what was on the land in Gatton Park road, where the modern Parkside Court now is?

It must have been a substantial house, or hospital perhaps.


Comment 4

David Harrington from Reigate posted this comment on Thursday 13 June 2013 10:58:00.

I would love to see any other photographs of Hethersett House. My late father was associated to the RNIB for some years.


Comment 5

David Rogers from Kemsing, Kent posted this comment on Monday 02 November 2015 19:16:00.

I went there with my school in 1975 to play cricket. The blind school had a team that played using a large ball filled with lead shot so that they could hear where the ball was. I have very fond memories of a lovely summer's evening. My form master at Purley Boys also worked at Hetherset.


Comment 6

Peter Steward from Hethersett posted this comment on Monday 11 April 2016 21:52:00.

I run a web site and electronic magazine for Hethersett which is a village about six miles from Norwich on the London Road and just off the main A11. I have been told that the original owner came from Hethersett in Norfolk. I come from Hethersett and ironically my niece lives in Reigate but has never mentioned Hethersett House


Comment 7

Anne McLaughlin from Limpsfield Surrey posted this comment on Monday 17 October 2016 13:45:00.

I have been researching my family tree and found that my great great uncle was Head Gardener and lived at Hethersett Lodge, Wray Lane in 1901. I wonder if he worked for the Auerbach family at Hethersett. He later had a nursery and florist shop in Wray Lane which his son took over. If anyone can confirm this or has any photos I would love to hear from you. Anne


Comment 8

Patricia Auerbach from London posted this comment on Monday 17 October 2016 15:42:00.

Yes your great great uncle worked for my great uncle Julius Auerbach. He owned Hethersett from 1890 - 1924. He died in September, 1924 age 64 years. His wife continued to live there for a few years before selling it on. She passed away in 1955.

Regards Patricia Aubrey


Comment 9

Michael Orrow from Rochdale posted this comment on Tuesday 13 December 2016 11:37:00.

was a pupil at Heathersett in 1975. I also remember the cricket match on the common that David Rogers is referring to. Funny the things we remember. I remember it as I played Silly Mid Off and managed to take and hold on to a well struck ball. Took the wind out of me.


Comment 10

kathy atherton from dorking posted this comment on Wednesday 22 February 2017 18:02:00.

I am researching the history of the campaign for the vote in the dorking/reigate area. Mrs Auerback (helena, Julius's wife) was very active in the non-militant campaign and hosted many events at Heathersett. are there any photos of her surviving?


Comment 11

Patricia Aubrey from Acton,London, W3 7BH posted this comment on Saturday 25 February 2017 00:11:00.

Dear Kathy,

Thank-you for your interest in my family. Yes, I have one photo of my great aunt Helena Auerbach. I don't have it scanned at the moment. She was on various committees - I believe she was the Treasurer on most of them - of the Suffragette movement during the 1920's. There is quite a lot of information about her on the internet if you just google her name - and more photos of her. Please contact me anytime, should you want further info. You can email me or call me on my mobile - 07716311400 . Kind Regards - Patricia Aubrey (Auerbach).



Comment 12

Anthony Twyman from Clacton posted this comment on Tuesday 11 April 2017 13:26:00.

My parents were friends with Hellen and Jasper Otley who lived in the gatehouse in the mid-50's. I remember seeing the main house in a sorry state having been damaged during WWII with the upper floors and the contents of the rooms (beds/wardrobes etc) in clear view. I was about 8 years old at the time.


Comment 13

Anthony Twyman from Clacton posted this comment on Monday 17 April 2017 10:08:00.

Comment number 12. My apologies to Hetherset, I was confusing it with Quarry HiLL house and Lodge.


Comment 14

Beryl Sheppard from Benfleet, Essex posted this comment on Monday 26 March 2018 16:31:30.

I've just come across this post and found it fascinating to read the history of the building I worked at when it was known as RNIB Hethersett Centre for Blind Adolescents. I was Beryl Starmer in those days and worked there as Office Secretary to the Principal from 1977 to 1984. Mr Cunliffe was the Principal and he and his staff did some fantastic work helping many visually impaired youngsters (all school leaving age) to progress into suitable gainful employment. I would love to hear from any of them if they too should stumble upon this page - oh the wonders of modern technology!!


Comment 15

Robert Pembroke from Dagenham posted this comment on Monday 02 April 2018 15:12:23.

I was a student at Heathersett in 1971. Mr Cunliffe was principal and mr Kettle was deputy. I had never been away from my home until I went to Heathersett and I found it difficult at times. I had very good sight at that time except when it was dark, I lost all my sight by the time I reached my mid thirties, I was 16 years old in 1971. I too played cricket and was pretty good out in the field, but I was a bit of a slog em and run type of batsman. I learnt much about engineering with Mr Hockley and my first real job was working in a local factory, so Heathersett gave me a good start to my working life. I often wonder what happened to all those folk I met during that year. Cheers Bob.



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Merstham House (from courts). 1908. Tom Edwards.

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Tim Barker from London posted this comment on Thursday 16 March 2017 17:01:00.

Going through a family tree. My great-great-great uncle was Robert Cobbold Perry who died 21/8/1864 at Merstham House, Surbiton, Surry. His mother-in-law (my great-great-great grandmother was Anne Courtnall Edwards, married to Thomas Lincoln Barker, both of Ipswich, Norfolk.


Comment 2

Jocelyn from Ipswich posted this comment on Tuesday 11 April 2017 19:55:00.

From my window I can see the tomb of your gt gt gt grandparents, Thomas Lincolne Barker and Anne Courtnall Edwards. Please mail me if you would like a photo.


Comment 3

Tim Barker from London posted this comment on Wednesday 12 April 2017 19:05:00.

To Jocelyn of Ipswich, I am simply astonished that someone in sight of my ancestors tomb in Ipswich is looking at a website about a house in Reigate. Yes I would LOVE a photo of my g-g-g-grandparents tomb (I assume it is still in St Margarets). I have some info about the tomb occupants if you have any interest. My email address if the forum bosses will allow, is tim (at) barker (dot) org (dot) uk.


Comment 4

Zoe Stead from Haworth posted this comment on Saturday 30 December 2017 10:58:05.

Dear Christine I am researching a tenuous link to the Edwards family tree in Reigate and wonder if you would be kind enough to email me so I may ask a couple of questions regarding Tom Edwards ? Many thanks - Zoe


Comment 5

Christine Dick from Scotland posted this comment on Friday 30 March 2018 15:36:22.

Zoe, I don't have your mail address but I probably wouldn't be any help. My Edwards family lived in Wolverhampton. Tom Edwards owned a Drapers store there called York House. They were great friends with the Walker family who lived in Merstham House and I have been hoping someone from that family would recognise the photos and get in touch!



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"Hethersett", Reigate. 1920. Unknown publisher.

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Patricia Aubrey from Ascot, Berkshire posted this comment on Saturday 18 June 2011 12:15:00.

Hethersett belonged to my great-uncle - Julius Auerbach and lived there with his wife, Helena Auerbach from 1894 to 1956. It is our family home.

However,unfortunately, because my father, Harold Auerbach, his nephew, did not continue the family busines - Dreyfus & Co - Julius's wife, Helena, left the house to the secretary who in turn left it to the RNIB in 1952 to set up a Residential home for the blind. We have several photos of the house and some original etchings. The house should have gone back to the family but we did not claim it. I went to visit it myself in 1991. If you would like further information about the house or its owner, Julius Auerbach - please contact me via my e-mail address: - Patricia Aubrey (formerly Auerbach)- great-niece of Julius Auerbach.


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Charlotte Copus-Hayes from Clapton, London posted this comment on Friday 27 April 2012 00:29:00.

I'm interested to know about a gallery called Hethersett Galleries on Philanthropic Rd. Was it based in this house? I bought a pencil illustration in a charity shop which has the gallery's sticker on the back. The frame looks 1970s ish style. In particular does anyone know of a link to E H Shepard as the drawong is of one of his Winnie the Pooh illustrations but probably a copy by someone else ( no visible signature). Fascinating to read about the house, though I've. no local connection.

Charlotte


Comment 3

rue from London posted this comment on Monday 14 January 2013 16:49:00.

This looks very Gothic, almost worthy of Horace Walpole.

As a matter of interest, can anyone tell me what was on the land in Gatton Park road, where the modern Parkside Court now is?

It must have been a substantial house, or hospital perhaps.


Comment 4

David Harrington from Reigate posted this comment on Thursday 13 June 2013 10:58:00.

I would love to see any other photographs of Hethersett House. My late father was associated to the RNIB for some years.


Comment 5

David Rogers from Kemsing, Kent posted this comment on Monday 02 November 2015 19:16:00.

I went there with my school in 1975 to play cricket. The blind school had a team that played using a large ball filled with lead shot so that they could hear where the ball was. I have very fond memories of a lovely summer's evening. My form master at Purley Boys also worked at Hetherset.


Comment 6

Peter Steward from Hethersett posted this comment on Monday 11 April 2016 21:52:00.

I run a web site and electronic magazine for Hethersett which is a village about six miles from Norwich on the London Road and just off the main A11. I have been told that the original owner came from Hethersett in Norfolk. I come from Hethersett and ironically my niece lives in Reigate but has never mentioned Hethersett House


Comment 7

Anne McLaughlin from Limpsfield Surrey posted this comment on Monday 17 October 2016 13:45:00.

I have been researching my family tree and found that my great great uncle was Head Gardener and lived at Hethersett Lodge, Wray Lane in 1901. I wonder if he worked for the Auerbach family at Hethersett. He later had a nursery and florist shop in Wray Lane which his son took over. If anyone can confirm this or has any photos I would love to hear from you. Anne


Comment 8

Patricia Auerbach from London posted this comment on Monday 17 October 2016 15:42:00.

Yes your great great uncle worked for my great uncle Julius Auerbach. He owned Hethersett from 1890 - 1924. He died in September, 1924 age 64 years. His wife continued to live there for a few years before selling it on. She passed away in 1955.

Regards Patricia Aubrey


Comment 9

Michael Orrow from Rochdale posted this comment on Tuesday 13 December 2016 11:37:00.

was a pupil at Heathersett in 1975. I also remember the cricket match on the common that David Rogers is referring to. Funny the things we remember. I remember it as I played Silly Mid Off and managed to take and hold on to a well struck ball. Took the wind out of me.


Comment 10

kathy atherton from dorking posted this comment on Wednesday 22 February 2017 18:02:00.

I am researching the history of the campaign for the vote in the dorking/reigate area. Mrs Auerback (helena, Julius's wife) was very active in the non-militant campaign and hosted many events at Heathersett. are there any photos of her surviving?


Comment 11

Patricia Aubrey from Acton,London, W3 7BH posted this comment on Saturday 25 February 2017 00:11:00.

Dear Kathy,

Thank-you for your interest in my family. Yes, I have one photo of my great aunt Helena Auerbach. I don't have it scanned at the moment. She was on various committees - I believe she was the Treasurer on most of them - of the Suffragette movement during the 1920's. There is quite a lot of information about her on the internet if you just google her name - and more photos of her. Please contact me anytime, should you want further info. You can email me or call me on my mobile - 07716311400 . Kind Regards - Patricia Aubrey (Auerbach).



Comment 12

Anthony Twyman from Clacton posted this comment on Tuesday 11 April 2017 13:26:00.

My parents were friends with Hellen and Jasper Otley who lived in the gatehouse in the mid-50's. I remember seeing the main house in a sorry state having been damaged during WWII with the upper floors and the contents of the rooms (beds/wardrobes etc) in clear view. I was about 8 years old at the time.


Comment 13

Anthony Twyman from Clacton posted this comment on Monday 17 April 2017 10:08:00.

Comment number 12. My apologies to Hetherset, I was confusing it with Quarry HiLL house and Lodge.


Comment 14

Beryl Sheppard from Benfleet, Essex posted this comment on Monday 26 March 2018 16:31:30.

I've just come across this post and found it fascinating to read the history of the building I worked at when it was known as RNIB Hethersett Centre for Blind Adolescents. I was Beryl Starmer in those days and worked there as Office Secretary to the Principal from 1977 to 1984. Mr Cunliffe was the Principal and he and his staff did some fantastic work helping many visually impaired youngsters (all school leaving age) to progress into suitable gainful employment. I would love to hear from any of them if they too should stumble upon this page - oh the wonders of modern technology!!


Comment 15

Robert Pembroke from Dagenham posted this comment on Monday 02 April 2018 15:12:23.

I was a student at Heathersett in 1971. Mr Cunliffe was principal and mr Kettle was deputy. I had never been away from my home until I went to Heathersett and I found it difficult at times. I had very good sight at that time except when it was dark, I lost all my sight by the time I reached my mid thirties, I was 16 years old in 1971. I too played cricket and was pretty good out in the field, but I was a bit of a slog em and run type of batsman. I learnt much about engineering with Mr Hockley and my first real job was working in a local factory, so Heathersett gave me a good start to my working life. I often wonder what happened to all those folk I met during that year. Cheers Bob.



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