Burgh Heath, The Galleon c.1955
Memories of Burgh Heath, the Galleon c1955
We are desperate to find some history on our house (previously called the wooden house, then April cottage and now the old forge) Brighton road. The house itself is believed to be Georgian but we do not know the exact date, the forge and stable block we believe to be older. Now situated directly behind the parade of shops but previously it would have stood on its own set back from the main from before the 1930s. We think they could be oldest buildings in burgh Heath. We would appreciate any information that you may have.
Once you entered through the turnstile you entered a sea of blue. The spring board was to your right at this end of the pool and the wavy slide on the left hand side. Cubicles were all around and a large fountain, all blue was at the far end under the canopy over which was the café and sun deck.
As I lived in Banstead I had to walk or catch the 80 or 80a to Burgh Heath in order to swim with my school friends from Burgh Heath, Walton on Hill or Lower Kingswood - most of whom attended Picquets Way school. Does anyone remember our Headmaster Mr Spearing with the nickname of Chewy and the maths master Baldy Hutton? Back to the Galleon, at the end of the balcony there was a café, I was always hungry but had no money for that luxury. I did get very sunburnt but now at eighty years I have never had problems such as skin cancer... The photos of the pond brought back memories of fishing with sacks for tadpoles, newts etc. I now live in Somerset but my roots are and always will be in that wonderful area of Surrey.
I remember going with my mum to visit some old aunt who lived over the Heath, and chasing the geese until they turned and chased me back! I was so frightened of them after that. Sometimes we would stop at the shop by the Pond to buy some sweets, which were a real treat back then. Mother told me to keep clear of the pond as there was a well in it, and some old gentleman who had drunk too much, waded out into the pond and fell into the well and was never found! That sure stopped me playing in the pond! I also believe, I was born in Burgh Heath to a mother named, Pam or Pat Mitchel, and was adopted almost immediately after birth by two wonderful people, and moved to Sutton. Very happy memories of my childhood, I still hold dear today.
I also have fond memories of The Galleon. Mum and I sometimes went there after school, and sometimes we went to The Sugar Bowl.
I remember swimming lessons at the Galleon, laying in a 'cradle' that was held by a long pole that the teacher let go of when she thought you wouldn't sink !!! I also remember how freezing cold the water was, the fountain at the end of the pool that we used to play in, AND I remember my sister Frances getting her elbow stuck in the side of the pool !
I remember gooing swimming and getting my elbow stuck in the bar that went round the edge of the pool
The Galleon swimming pool was all blue with a marvellous fountain at the far, shallow end. Above to the left was a sun balcony and a little counter where you could buy soft drinks and sweets. There was a wavey slide on the left side middle and a spring board at the deep end. Everywhere was painted summer blue. Oh the fun we had as kids and the place was always crowded on sunny days. I still have a photo of me in one of those dreadful rouched swim costumes which were fashionable after the war, sitting on the edge of the pool.