Caterham, Timber Hill 1903
Memories of Caterham, Timber Hill 1903
We moved into No 33 Crescent Road in 1948 - it overlooked Timber Hill recreation ground which in those days had a large emergency water tank where we caught newts. I am trying to place the house in the 1903 picture. From the look of the slope it was in Crescent Road and fairly high on the hill. Our house was near Jacobs ladder, with 'The Longships' in between. In 1948 milk was delivered by horse and cart fom the dairy which was just behind the primary school on the other side of Timber Hill. There were still gas lights,which were fairly dim so the view of the stars from the middle of the 'rec' was stunning. St Georges day parade used to assemble on the 'rec'. The village had a full complement of traditional ...Read full memory
I was brought up in this house! We moved here in 1965 when I was three and moved from here in 1979. It has wonderful memories for me, of long summer days playing on Timber Hill, or 'The Green' as we called it, and sledging there in winter. The house itself was a child's delight (lots of places to hide!). It was an atmospheric place to live in and evocative of the past. I think living here gave me my passion for trying to understand the past, which ultimately led to my choice of career as a History teacher.
Memories of Caterham
My grandfather with his family moved to Caterham and appeared on the 1891 census as living in Beechwood Road. The census also detailed that my grandfather at the age of 13 was a railway booking clerk. Does anyone know if I could track down whether my grandfather was a booking clerk at Caterham railway station? Saw the photo of the railway station on this site dated 1903.
I will be 72 years old this year of 2015. I remember working with my uncle Syd and Auntie Chris Ryder at Bromley Hall Corn Merchants at the Godstone Road end of Timber Hill on the site which later became Fine Fares supermarket. I was about 8 or 9 years old when I first used to go round ...Read full memory
I write from Queensland, Australia in the hope that someone may read this and be able to provide further leads or information. My husband Bill has an original birth certificate dated 18th May 1948 - mother Elizabeth Theresa Coll, showing his place of birth to be Caterham Nursing Home. We have no further news of her. ...Read full memory
The white-fronted terraced shop on the left was owned by my mum's parents from 1940-44, from where they ran their cafe. My bedroom was the little attic room on the front. Most of the customers were from the Canadian Army Regiments billetted in big country houses that had been requisitioned to accommodate the soldiers. They ...Read full memory