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Deepdene House 1891, Dorking

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Working For British Railway's Southern Region

Deepdene House 1891, Dorking
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My mother, Valerie Evans, worked for British Railways southern region from 1957 -1960 at Deepdene House. She was a shorthand typist and remembers Deepdene House to be a beautiful building with extensive grounds. She has happy memories of friends in the typing pool.
The building hadn't changed much since 1891 although I don't believe there was a conservatory in 1957.  During her lunch breaks she would play tennis, table tennis and netball or just sit out on the grass and enjoy the scenery.

Working For The Southern Railway Company

Deepdene House 1891, Dorking
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I started work for the first time on 31st December 1946 as a messenger in the Bridge Section of the Chief Civil Engineers Department of the Southern Railway. Our offices were situated on the whole of the top floor of the building. Then on the 1st January 1947 the railways were nationalised and I worked for the Railway Executive at Deepedene until I was called up for National Service in 1951.

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My Weekend Job

Boxhill, The Wimpy Bar c1965, Dorking
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WOW, I never thought that I would see this post card again. Yes, that's me doing my weekend job as a waitress at the funky new Wimpy bar on Boxhill. My name was Vanessa Howard and I lived at Ismanola, Boxhill Road. Reputed to be one of the first in the UK, locals, mods and rockers, and day trippers flocked to buy their Wimpy and Chips and Coffee, Knickerbocker Glory, Pepsi Cola in a glass bottle and all else Wimpy by the thousands. Hot doughnuts were a speciality with queues of folk waiting anxiously for their fix at 4d each or 4 for 1/-. Folk marvelled at the huge picture window which overlooked Dorking. Astute locals would return the glass Pepsi bottles to get the 3d deposit - it was quite a lucrative way of earning a bit of pocket money. Oh! and the washing up on a Bank Holiday was never ending! Situated opposite Upper Farm, the Wimpy bar was previously a tea garden and now is a restaurant.

Looking For my Family

Milton Court 1906, Dorking
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Hi my name is Avril nee Watts. I was born on Jan 4th 1957 to Jean Olive Watts. Fathers name John Bayliss. I was adopted and would love to know obout my biological family, siblings ect. If anyone can shine a light on this please send a message. Thankyou Avril Armstrong lives in Canada.

School Swimming Lessons

The Watermill Swimming Pool c1965, Dorking
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I remember going from St Pauls school to this pool for swimming lessons. I would also swim there in the holidays. I was afraid of the slide but would jump from the high diving board. I never did learn to dive.

My First Home

Horsham Road 1905, Dorking
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The first house on the left of this picture was my home from 1942, when I was born in the hospital across the road, until 1960. Next door was Miss Colvins Antiques Shop and on the other side was Barrington House that was on the corner of Barrington Road and the Horsham road.

War Time Secret Work

Milton Court 1906, Dorking
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During the second war my father Ronald Micheal Newell was moved from W.T.Henleys London office to Milton Court, Dorking. He told me that as an Electrical Estimator he was involved in working out the costs etc. for RADAR and PLUTO the oil pipeline from England to the Normandy beaches, also the Mulberry Harbours that were sent from England to France.

Pixham Mill House

Pixham Mill 1931, Dorking
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My first post as a carer on a holiday in the UK was in the house next door called Pixham Mill house. A lovely first impression coming from Australia. Exactly as I imagined a country home to be. You could see the mill house from the creek which ran down by the side of the property. Just lovely!

Wedding Day

Wesleyan Church 1905, Dorking
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My wife and I were married in this church on the 30th March 1957. I had spent most of the first twenty five years as a Sunday School member and later as a full member of the Methodist Church.

W.T.Henley Cable Manufacturing Company

Milton Court 1906, Dorking
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I worked in the Buying sction of W. T. Henleys as a Clerk for about two years before leaving to join another cable manufactring company at Leatherhead. I remember there being a very fine staircase in the building.

Not so Much Traffic Then.

Deepdene Avenue c1965, Dorking
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The photo was taken from the railway bridge and the new dual carriageway was only a year or two old. Round to the right opposite Deepdene Garage was Fairfield Drive and what a lovely area it was to be growing up in. We lived at no 4, the Parsons at no 6 and the Skiltons at no 8 or 10, the Barrows were no 8 or 10, but it was many years ago. The road was full of baby boomers. The Cooke twins lived at no 26  and the Chatfields at no 54. All this was in the 1950s and until the early 1960s. We had a stream to play in (which now runs under flats), there was Bonfire Night on the waste ground with the torch procession round the drive. We moved to a posher Yew Tree Road in 1963.  Hedges each side and now 16 years old and everything changed, but I still have photos of the first car, a little tin pedal job, and tea parties in... Read more

Pepsi-Cola And Merry Legs

Castle Mill c1960, Dorking
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These two ponies belonged to Dorking Riding School and they were popular characters with gentle dispositions. They retired in 1963 to good homes. Pepsi-Cola is in the foreground. I was a groom at the stables and regularly rode them around the area.

My First 9 Years

I love my home town of Dorking. I was born there in Lincoln Road in July 1939, five weeks before the start of WW2. We played in the street and used people's gate posts for rounders bases as there was not a car in sight. We roamed for miles in the beautiful surroundings and to the top of Boxhill as well games of tracking with arrows chalked along the many footpaths and alley ways. I attended Pixham school from August 1944 (holidays were shorter during the war) and spent long hours in the air raid shelter when the 'doodlebug' V1 flying bombs were coming over thick and fast. In spite of this they were such happy times because we knew no different and took all the war restrictions - blackouts, sweet rationing, air raids etc in our stride.

In 1945 at the end of the war we had our Victory party and the street lamps eventually came on again after years of blackout. Now, in my... Read more

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