Technical College c1965, Ewell
Memories of Technical College c1965, Ewell
Ewell & local memories
Read and share memories of Ewell and Surrey inspired by Frith photos.
It Looks Bigger Than I Remember
I lived in Ewell as an american child. I remember a small tuck shop, a confectionary and the pub Toby (I think that's what it was called). I still remember the half curtains that effectively prevented me as a child from peering into the pub; but I remember the browns in the pattern of the curtains and an old toby mug. Looking at the pictures of the village of Ewell, it's bigger than I remember
The Jolly Waggoners was situated on the corner of Beggers Hill and Shortcroft Road. I lived with my family at number 28 just around the corner. My early memories were my dad, brother and I going down to the pub on a Sunday to play darts and sip my shandy while mum prepared Sunday dinner. I was about fifteen when I dated the youngest daughter of the landlord and recall building a model glider in their living room. I wonder where they are now. The area has changed so much, the pub pulled down and the old allotments replaced by homes. The field is still there with the path leading to the village via the old church where we played as children. I have lived in Canada for forty years but still visit family in Walton on the Hill, but always take time to walk through the old "hood" it brings back great memories.
Blacksmiths Forge on Kingston Road, Ewell
Further to Pat Dickinson's memories....... I remember it vividly,especially the roaring fire and clanging iron -,the way the huge (to me) horses stood so still. We used to stop on our way home from school. There was always a knot of kids hanging in the doorway,staring fascinated. It was opposite the Hogsmill river. There was a little dirt path that led alongside a brick cottage, to the forge. On the right, was a wooden fence with a painted sign that said 'Private, only to Earnest Cottages', which were further up the path on the left, past the forge.....a row of about five or six small cottages. Presumably they backed onto the 'eight bells'. I went to 'West Street' school, and we lived round the corner on Beggars Hill. I was six or seven at the time,and remember so much more!
Memory For Ewell 1945-55
Down Beggers Hill and round the bend, just a short distance from the Jolly Wagoners and next to the Eight Bells, there was a blacksmiths who used a furnace to shape the iron shoes that were used to shoe horses. The horses from Ewell Riding Stables were taken there regularly, the blacksmith being very patient with the girls who rode the horses there. The stables were run by Shep, I never knew his proper name. Across from The Waggoners was a row of buildings, one of which housed Powels Boot Repairs. It was here my brother Patrick Murphy started work before he joined the Navy.
The Old Jolly Waggoners, 1940 ...1960
Is there a photo of the original pub.? We lived a few yards away on Kingston Road. The old building had two bays with the door in the middle. It opened on to the road and the bus stop was right outside the front door. It was surrounded by a high fence and a Privet hedge which went right round the corner. There were allotments behind which are now part of the recreation ground. A small stream ran down the right hand side. It is now no more than a dry dip in the grass. There were 4 or 5 elm trees too, which are now gone. I also remember a row of little wooden cottages with gardens further down the hill, they were right opposite the "Eight Bell" pub and were built away from the road so that they formed a square which was tarmaced over. I passed all these things every day on my way to school, "West Street". I always loved Ewell, and although it was... Read more
Wedding Day 1958
This is the church that my parents were married in, April 12th 1958. I haven't seen it since 1974, when we emigrated to Australia. Their wedding photos were taken in front of the church, with family members, many of whom are no longer with us.
Baldwin's Butchers Shop
I have this photograph on the wall as it reminds me of my dad, Arthur Edward Elson. He was born in Mill Lane in 1914 and worked as a 'butcher's boy' for Baldwin's which is just visible on the right of the photo.
He delivered meat to customers by bicycle which is how he met my mother, she had come down from Durham and was working for Doctor Eileen Stevenson who lived at Holmfield in Cheam Road.
He worked there until he was called up to fight in the Second World War, in fact they continued to pay a percentage of his wages to his mother Alice, my grandmother, for the duration of the War as she was a widow and survived by taking in washing.
The first Elsons to arrive in Ewell were my great great great grandparents John Elson, a widower from St Martha on the Hill and his wife Sarah Longhurst. They were married in Ewell on 29th December 1793.