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Bike Shop

High Road c1965, Byfleet
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I had my first bike from the bike shop in Byfleet. First I rode around on a second hand bike which was just a bit too big for me and I rode it up and down Rutson Road and Unwin Avenue (I think). Then for my tenth birthday I got a Raleigh bike....red....from this shop. How I loved that bike and rode it for the next ten years literally! It took me to Oakfield school in Pyrford (1957-1963) then Woking Grammar School (1963-1966) and then when I went to college in Reading I rode it there for a year when living out in digs! Talk about old faithful! I lived in Byfleet from 1951-1969. Until 1964 was in Rutson Road (no.26) and then lived at Old Orchard till left home in 1969. I've already commented on some other people's memories on this site...like Conker Lane....the floods in 1968....and the filming of Robin Hood. I was friends with Martin and Christine Baron (no.30 Rutson Rd) Jean Baker (no.28) the Guest family... Read more

CONKER ARCH

The Canal at Stoop Bridge c1955, Byfleet
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We used to live at 96, Church Road where I lived as a youngster between 1956 and circa 1962 when our family moved to a new house in New Haw. I was 11 years old when we moved there from Rodborough Hill near Milford. The canal was always a fascination for me and I would often go along Conker Arch by foot or cycle to go along the canal and adjoining fields and woods. Sometimes, along with a friend or two, I would have a 'shandy' at the Anchor at Pryford Lock. Some of the people I knew where:- Paul 'Lilly" Goddard, Colin 'Smiffy' Smith, Nobby Clark, Mossy, 'Titch', Al, Angela Rodwell, Alec Bremner, Lindsay Childs, 'Nig' Seer, Maurice Hatcher and my first true love Susan Howell from West Byfleet. I moved to Brixham in Devon in 1964 and have now moved to Thailand where I have been for 10 years. I remember working at Invicta cycle shop and the greengrocers opposite the Plough. Used to be a good pub then.

Byfleet 1958-1974

High Road c1960, Byfleet
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I was born in Victoria Hospital, Woking in 1958. My first home was Tewkesbury Close, then Chertsey Road. My grandparents owned the BP garage in Chertsey Road and Berrys Lane was named after them - my family name. I went to Kings Head Lane School then St Marys where Mr Robinson the Headmaster had only one arm. I don't remember very much about my life in Byfleet, I did work in Pipers Hill during some summer holidays helping to look after the children - I also had two Saturday jobs, one in a stationers near the Lloyds Bank and also the sweet shop which I think was almost as far round as the Clock House, I think it was called. I can remember one year of very heavy snow and I can also remember the floods. I remember the foot and mouth when we had to wear wellington boots when walking past Dersleys Farm. The original drummer from The Jam lived in the... Read more

Fish And Chips

High Road c1960, Byfleet
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On the far right of the picture is Reg. White's Vauxhall (Victor?), parked in front of his fish and chip shop. He and his wife Peg., produced some of the best 'health food' in the business! I used to wash and polish his car every Saturday morning for 2/6d.

Ardwyn High Road Byfleet

High Road c1955, Byfleet
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I remember 'Granny Bowey' who lived in this house and I knew her grand-daughter Ann Wharton. We lived in Coachman's Cottage High Road from 1946 to 1961 and I attended the 2 Primary Schools in Byfleet as well as West Byfleet Secondary and Fullbrook Secondary Schools. I have enjoyed reading other people's memories of Byfleet on this website. Happy Days.

21st Century

Oyster Lane c1965, Byfleet
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My brother Carl Neville and his wife Maureen livce here now, at Pitman House, on the right just past the then garage (now Office Block and 24/7 store) which is still in 2011, as was in 1965 (but a new kitchen!). Liptons the Supermarket (which was to the left of this photo) is long gone and in its place McCarthy Stone and other over age 55 retirement homes. The houses from the roundabout, to a few before my brothers house are also gone, or boarded up as building development ceased in 2008/2009, but soon more flats and retirement homes will be here.

Ardwyn, High Road

High Road c1955, Byfleet
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My Aunt (Grandmothers sister) lived here immediately on the LEFT of this photo at "Ardwyn" in the High Road, opposite the entrance to the Village Hall car park in 1950s/1960s. Her husband was Fred Bowey and one of their daughters wasFreda and another wasNancy. My Aunt was nee Flippance. To the right of this photo was the Fish & Chip shop, then a Hairdressers, then Rannies the chemist (the Rannie family lived in Rectory Lane opp. the middle gates). Then the butchers, then greengrocers and on the corner the sweet shop, "Edmunds" I think.

Village Hall

Civic Restaurant c1955, Byfleet
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I recall this being a "set" for "Z CARS" in the 1960's. A few episodes were filmed here.
Most weekends/some evenings after school, I would go to the library - which was and maybe still is, along the right hand side of this main building, to its own entrance.

Invicta Cycles

High Road c1965, Byfleet
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Invicta Cycles was the bike shop in the village and at the front/right of this photo - where the White/Ford/Zodiac car is. I put a deposit down on a Lilac/Pink Raleigh bike and paid some off each week from my paper round monies. The shoe shop and Miss Moores was the last shop, past Invicta on this parade. She was a grand lady of many years! Every time I needed shoes, Dad would ask her for boxes and say if I did not look after the shoes, I would have to wear the boxes! Must be what got me into a love of shoes ...

Nevilles

The Canal at Stoop Bridge c1955, Byfleet
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Stoops Bridge ! Ah! what fun we had here. My dad bought us canoes - we used an old pram chassis to haul the canoe up "Conquer Lane or Arch" or carried it out the back of Winern Glebe, thro the Allotments and into the field seen, just the other side of the bridge.

Many hours were spent fishing here, catching "live bait" of Tench; Gudgeon for dad and earning Thruppence for each fish - later with inflation 6d or a Tanner!

I have a very, very old print of Stoops Bridge! its ancient! Do you know that Byfleet is an ancient Roman Stronghold and an ISLAND? It is surrounded by water, you cannot get out without going over water.

Fire Station Byfleet

High Road c1960, Byfleet
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My Grandfather Benjamin Thomas Neville was a Fireman here after the war. I recall going on long Sunday afternoon walks out past St. Mary's Church or Mill Lane and over to Wisley via the Pig and Whistle pub or Pyford at the Lock, and coming home we would have ice creams here at Candy Corner on hot days.

St. Mary's Church

St Mary's Church c1955, Byfleet
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St. Mary's Church on 25th July 1970, Graham and I got married, all of our friends married around that time in the lovely old church. St. Mary's, is still one of the most beautiful churches in the Surrey area.

Graham's Dad

Plough Corner c1955, Byfleet
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Plough Corner always makes me smile, remembering the floods in the 1960s, Byfleet was cut off everywhere except where I lived in the Dawson Road end. My boyfriend lived in Rectory Lane. Imagine, everything was cut off, there was water everywhere, the river way had burst it banks... My now-husband's dad managed to make his way to The Plough through all of that terrible time, we still laugh about it now, "How Bob got to the Pub" ...bless him x

Good Memories of Byfleet

High Road c1960, Byfleet
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I lived in Petersham Avenue, Byfleet, name June Bartram. We used to look over at the race track. I went to St Mary's School. There were two Miss Evans teachers.
I was married at the Methodist church in 1949, 60 years ago this September. I now live in Canada, and would love to hear from girls I went to school with. Also went to West Byfleet Secondary School. It's a lovely village, we used to swim in the canal at Dodds Bridge and back of the church. Those were the good days.
June Bartram Keddie

Fun in The Boats

The Canal at Stoop Bridge c1955, Byfleet
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I can remember when I was in my teens, myself and a group of friends would hire the boats from the boat house and row all afternoon on Sundays, we had loads of fun up and down the canal, seems like another life time now, 40 year's or so have gone by, the old canal has seen some changes, there was no M25 then, life was much quieter.

Childhood Memories

Oyster Lane c1965, Byfleet
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This used to be the entrance to Brooklands and we used to run up and down the batter (sic) during some of the races. Foolish bravuro. Our family name was Griffiths and this was our way to the West Weybridge station, I went to the Woking County School for Girls from 1939-1943. I've lost touch with almost everybody. Perhaps there are some Balchins left?
I've lived in Texas for many years. It would be wonderful to get emails from Byfleet folk. Bye. Audrey

Candy Corner

High Road c1960, Byfleet
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I can remember Candy Corner, in the 1960s we would all gather outside this shop to decide what we would do with our day, it was such a lovely little sweet shop, my father in law used to buy 'Walnut Whips' in there on Sundays for my mother in law (that looks like his bike outside the shop)!!

Byfleet Primary School

Oyster Lane c1965, Byfleet
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My most fondest memories maybe seem weird, but was great to be with new friends that I made that day, and some that lasted through Secondary School. Byfleet Primary School will aways be in my thoughts, it is a shame a picture could not be posted. I also remember playing in the woods that surrounded Vickers which we all played in, things seemed so simple then. Living on Daswon Rd was also great, it seemed like the road was full of pals. I finally got a new picture of No 29 where I lived and wow, it has not changed that much.

Dawson Road

Oyster Lane c1965, Byfleet
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I can remember living at No. 25 Dawson Road from when I was 6 months old until I married my husband in 1970. In 1955 going to Byfleet County Primary School, the school was new then and it was all very exciting. The pictures on this site are just exactly how I remember Byfleet in my childhood, all the kids would go down the 'The Batta' to play in the woods and scare ourselves to death going down the old air raid shelters, Byfleet was such a beautiful little village then time has done it no favours.

Mr Hill The Butcher

Plough Corner c1955, Byfleet
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I also remember Mr. Hill as I used to catch the bus every Saturday morning from West Weybridge station, where I lived, to collect the Sunday joint (of meat!!) that my mother had previously ordered by telephone. Mr. Hill had a brother (who looked just like him) who took over when his brother went on holiday and, I believe, ran the shop when Mr. Hill died.

David Green Snr.

High Road c1965, Byfleet
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Not only do I remember Martin Green, his brothers and his parents but I was one of the Assistant Scoutmasters under Mr. Green having been a Senior Scout with the Byfleet Group after leaving school.

Names of The Shops

High Road 1951, Byfleet
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As I remember, the main building in this picture was the Lloyds Bank.  The manager lived above the premises but his name escapes me.  The other shops were Walkers the bakers where we used to buy a bread roll prior to going to school across the road, St.Marys Primary (we would have had our breakfast at home first!!!!).  Then there was the greengrocers, Mrs.Hobbs, I remember that well as I used to deliver the greengroceries on a Saturday morning on one of those awful bikes that we had at the time.  Next was Marshalls the newsagents again a newspaper round for me.  The only other shop I remember here was Joseys the fish and chip shop, a bag of chips for 3d!!  Where has the time gone!!  Martin Green late of Dawson Road.

Mr Hill - The Butcher

Plough Corner c1955, Byfleet
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I can remember shopping with my mother at Mr Hill's shop until sometime in the 1970s. We believe that he was one of the last butchers to wrap the meat in newspaper and to have sawdust on the shop floor.

The Plough in The 1930''s 40''s

Plough Inn c1955, Byfleet
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The Plough my Grandad's (Jack Bartram) favourite watering hole, Granny claimed that with the money he spent there it should have belonged to the family. Landlord in those days was Mr Henry Castleman. The bay on the front was almost demolished when during WWII a Welsh Guards Bren Gun Carrier ran in to it killing the lady who was the co-owner of The Old Log Cabin Shop, Minnie Caldwell.

Top of Our Road

Plough Corner c1955, Byfleet
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I remember this parade of shops being built. Left to right was Ely's the greengrocers, next door was Mr Hill the butchers, then Humphries the grocer and then Ashworths the chemists.  A little further on to the right was Schearers the bakers. Ely's was later owned by Jack Curtain, Humphries Store, Mr Palmer, and Ashworths Chemist Mr Webb. I believe Mr Hill had the butchers shop until the late 1940's. Schearers the bakers was later owned by Mrs Bury and renamed Binfield Bakery, after the road on whose corner it was sited.

Cigarette Machine

High Road c1965, Byfleet
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I always remember playing in and around the frame holding the cigarette dispenser whilst my mum was in one of the shops opposite. I used to do this everytime until I outgrew it and nearly got stuck!

Wedding Reception

High Road c1965, Byfleet
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On the 1st May 1965 I was married to Jacqueline Bennet at St.Marys church, we then had our wedding reception at the Blue Anchor Public House. We both grew up in the village and attended local schools in the area. My father David Green was the local Scout master during the 1950s. I remember this area of the village very well. I lived in Dawson Road and my wife at The Cedars.

The Blue Anchor

High Road c1965, Byfleet
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The Blue Anchor, scene of the murder of Mr Jones, the landlord, was poisoned by Pierre Vaquier who was having an affair with Mr Jones' wife. Vaquier purchased the poison in London and was recognised by the man who had sold him the poison, when a photograph of Vaquier appeared in a national newspaper. My grandfather was drinking in the pub when Mr Jones died.

Byfleet Village Hall

Civic Restaurant c1955, Byfleet
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Byfleet Village Hall, used as a Civic Restaurant during WWII, a good meal could be purchased for a shilling in those days of rationing and food shortage. A shilling would be about five new pence in todays currency

Freelands Ironmongers Shop

Oyster Lane c1965, Byfleet
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I remember the shop where you could buy anything from and pound of nails, a gallon of Parafin, to a Ladies or Gents Raleigh Bicycle. Behind the shop was the local blacksmith, Samson Turner, and wheelwright George Cox. I spent many happy hours here watching them shoe the cart horses and making cart wheels.

The Fire Station

High Road c1960, Byfleet
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I joined the retained Fire Brigade, National Fire Service at this Station in 1946 aged 16.  The old building is still standing but in need of some TLC, the old hose drying tower can still be seen in this picture, but has now been demolished. The WWII Air Raid Siren was mounted on top of the tower. The shop "Candy Corner" was then owned By Mr Nelson Rand a blind man, The Garage on the left was owned by Duncan Hamilton, who along with Tony Rolt won the Le Mans 24hr race in a Jaguar Car.

Highfield House, Highfield Road, Byfleet

I believe I was born in this house when it was an emergency hospital during the war. No idea what my mother was doing in Byfleet as she (a Canadian) had been evacuated from Malta en route to her home. Does anyone know if this house is still there and if so, exactly where it is on Highfield Road? Many thanks in advance.

Old Byfleet

I was born in 1944. My father was the village doctor as his father had been before. We lived in Granville House, which formed one junction of the road with Clock House and the Blue Anchor, famous for the murder of the landlord some years before. My grandfather had lived at Old Lodge and my cousins the Goodwins lived in Chelsea Cottage, opposite us in Rectory Lane. When my grandparents first lived there in the early 1930s, it was a quiet village of 800 people but when Brooklands was converted to Vickers Armstrongs main aircraft factory, the population exploded. Of the shops near our home, there was a green grocers, whose name I forget, then Elkins the tobacconist, and a cafe on the corner; the general grocer Digby's stores (where the payments used to be paid at a little kiosk at the end of the shop), Byfleet Motors weher we used to get the accumulator recharged for our wireless so we could listen to Dick Barton, and beyond that the... Read more

Remembering Byfleet

I was born in Byfleet in 1950. We lived in Binfield Road. Later I moved to the hotel that was built where the village green is now. My mother Beatrice Stenning was the housekeeper, cook, maid and everything in between. My dad Charles Stenning worked for Vickers like most of the men locally. We then moved to a prefab in Byfleet. Later when I was 3 we moved into new council houses in Bruce Close. Everybody was nice there and took great care of the gardens and the houses. I have two sisters, Maxine born in 1956 and Debbie born in 1960. Our childhood was wonderful, playing with other children in the woods or fishing by Sttops Bridge. We used to go swimming at Sandy Banks near Plough Bridges, and pick daffodils near where Silvermere now is. I remember having great fun at Parish Day with the Fair and cheering on our schools in the sports, and wandering down to the manor house to see if we could see the... Read more

Growing up Byfleet

We moved to Byfleet as my father Russell Ford worked at Vickers Armstronges. We lived in Hart Road, that's myself being Diana, brother Nigel and sisters Susan and Rosemarie. I attended St Mary's, which was an exprience, our head was a man with one arm. My good friend was Karren Wilson, and later Pauline Stennings. I rememher the cafe with the juke box and teddys in the High Street. We later moved to Cornwall Avenue, and life was a dream. West Byfleet secondary school, then training as hairdresser in the High Street, Sheldons owned the shop, sweet shop next door. We had a flood, I am not sure of the year but the waters came as far as Cornwall Avenue. There is so much I could write about that village, and I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me. I now live in New Zealand. Maybe another time I will write about the pictures and people which have been forgotten. I wish you all well, those who live... Read more

Wisley to Byfleet, Walking Along The Towpath

My memories of Byfleet are of walking along the towpath from Wisley to Byfleet when weather was nice in summer. My mum and dad and myself as a child used to walk it quite often, and I remember the shops there.

Information on Second World War Byfleet

My grandmother, Beatrice Lay, lived in Byfleet during the 1940s and up to her death in 1998, only ever moving as far as West Byfleet; my mother, Cynthia Lay, was also born there in 1941.  I believe they lived in Petersham Avenue with the Williams family.

I am researching my family history and would appreciate any information about my family at that time. Also, any information about the Welsh Guards who were posted at West Hall I believe.

I can be contacted at neil.lloyd@blueyonder.co.uk

Thanks.

Lloyds Bank Manager

Thinking of Lloyds Bank I wonder if anyone remembers the uncle from 'Only Fools and Horses', he was the bank manager at Lloyds in Byfleet, in more recent years (1970s) he would always chat to everyone once he had started on the series of 'Fools and Horses' and tell us all when there was a 'Christmas Special' being made, this lovely old gent lived in Kings Avenue or Queens Avenue, with his family, I thought he was just so lovely.

Memories of Surrey

My Childhood In New Haw

Our family moved to New Haw when the new council houses were built at Heathervale. We lived at 26 Park Side. Everybody moved in about the same time so during the fifties there was great community spirit in our street. The residents even managed to build their own social club (Park Side Club). My father Basil Ponting was involved with this, but probably only on the drinking side.

It's still possible for me to remember some of the families that lived in our street, names like Doig, Pacey, Norman, Richards, Burgess, Redmond, Saul and Hill etc. I attended New Haw County Primary School (now demolished) from the age of five until I was sent to a school for the Partially Sighted in Seaford, Sussex.

Heathervale Park was right behind our house but somehow we preferred to play out front, pushing our homemade trolleys around the block. When we did go over to the park there was always a parkie (as we called him) on duty so it... Read more

Grange School And Onwards

My name is Andy Pearce and I was born in New Haw in 1952. I went to Grange School in 1957. Names I remember are Jenkins, Wright, Hatch, Swanton, Gill, Watts. Many more faces than surnames.Was a paperboy at Flanagans on Woodham Road and belonged to the Cubs that met at Grange School and the Scouts that had an old Nissan hut down by the canal, next to the rec. Friends were Richard Jenkins, Olivia Philipson, Mary Rowlands. Great times for kids, biking through the fields to Rowtown, playing along and in the Bourne. I recall my first day at school, kicking over some skittles in the classroom with another boy, Robert something (also in the cubs). We both got a ruler across our legs from the teacher. Used to love roller skating down the Grange Road hill, from Manor Road to Job's dairy, which was almost opposite our house. We used to play in their yard in the evenings. The skating memory reminds me that there was a lovely girl who lived in... Read more

My Grandparents The Lock Keepers, Mr And Mrs Denyer

The Lock c1960, New Haw
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I have very happy memories of my grandparents. My grandad had an enormous beard, and grandma always wore a long flowered apron. Grandad used to sit me on the handle of the lock gate while he slowly opened it to let the water level rise or drop so the water level in the lock was the same as the river and then the barge could go on its way. My mother left New Haw to live in Grimsby, the only time I saw my grandparents then was when we came on holiday. As I got older the barge people would let me sail through the locks into the river and my grandma would get me of the other side. I remember on one visit one of my little sisters had somehow got to the water's edge, nobody dared call her for fear of her falling in, it was a case of creep up and grab. At the back of the cottage was a waterfall with a footbridge going over it, which... Read more

NEW HAW CHILDHOOD

I have lived in New Haw most of my life.  My family moved from Kings Road to Farleigh Road in 1949.  One of my first memories was being taken to the New Haw Clinic for day care as my mother worked in London.  There I encountered Nurse Lytle whom I met later at West Byfleet and Fullbrook School.  We nicknamed her "The Nit Nurse".  Pocket money in the 1950s was not very generous - but at the age of 5 I clutched 2d in my hand and made my way to "Hunts" to buy either 4 blackjacks and 4 fruits salads (1d for 4) or a packet of polos.  Mr. Hunt first ran the shop solely as a sweet shop but later branched out selling wallpaper, paint and all things DIY - today the shop specialises in nail extensions and manicures.  Next to him was the jeweller "Mees" (which is now a hairdressers) - I used to do a lot of window shopping there.  Kendals used to sell corn, chicken... Read more

An Idyllic Childhood in New Haw

I wanted to add my own memories of growing up in New Haw from 1965 until moving again in 1973. The family moved from Richmond (then in Middlesex) to 187 New Haw Road, a detached 3-bedroom house with 1/3 acre of overgrown orchard and backing onto Bentley's Farm. Dad (Peter) worked in London and commuted daily from Byfleet & New Haw station. Mum (Jeanne) was initially a housewife, but also completed Teacher Training college, and had a part-time job delivering cars for Tony Brookes' dealership. I attended New Haw County Primary school from 1966-71 and then Fullbrook Secondary for 1st & 2nd forms before leaving partway through in 1973. There were five kids, Joanna (Jo), William (Bill), Catherine (Cathy, and later universally known as Polly), me, and the youngest Richard (Dickie). After the small courtyard we had at the terraced house in Richmond, our new garden seemed enormous and contained a large greenhouse, apple and plum trees, and an old Horse Chestnut (conker) tree that was big enough for us to build... Read more

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