St Nicolas' Parish Church c1955, Great Bookham
Memories of St Nicolas' Parish Church c1955, Great Bookham
Great Bookham & local memories
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Born in Lower Shott
I have just discovered this wonderful website today and oh what memories come flooding back. I was born in Lower Shott in 1954 and lived there until I was about 23. I remember these shops so well. Being sent by my mum to get some cheese, I think it was from Mr Absaloms, and bursting into tears because everyone ignored me as they were waiting for my mum to come in and didn't realise that I had been sent by myself (obviously a big girl now) to buy something on her behalf! Mr Absalom was so kind and picked me up and allowed me to stand on his step ladders (no health and safety then) whilst he packed the cheese. I remember the James's who owned the newsagents and round the corner was a hairdressers and a wool shop and a butchers, later owned by the lovely Ken Pillings (does anyone know what happened to him????). In the High Street was the granaries, and a lovely shop that... Read more
I was born in Dowlans Road, opposite to Dawnay Road. The grocers which is referred to was where my mum used to shop. Next to the grocers my best friend Nigel lived, as did Dave Hill before him. The waste ground to the left in the photo was a bit of a dumping ground. We, Dave and me, found some old paint tins one day and we took them into the rec and painted the swings, white. You can imagine our mums and dads when they found out. We were only about 6 years old at the time.
My family moved to Great Bookham in 1957, and were the first owners of 1 Allen Road, part of a small Close of bungalows built by New Ideal Homes of Epsom. The 1904 photograph shows the beautiful beech trees by the Leatherhead Road, and these were separated from our home by a service road running parallel. Sadly these magnificent trees had to be chopped down, but not before our side garden had been populated by beech seedlings, which grew to a sturdy hedge! I enjoyed being part of a village community and went to St Nicolas' Sunday School during Canon Hughes time there; I took part in the Church Scenes in 1961(?), depicting the development of our church since its Norman origins. It is the church where I was married, and where a family member is buried. I recall going to the shops, not only for my mother, but for several neighbours, and would vary my custom between those at Lower Shott, the High Street and Beckley Parade, but... Read more
Mostyn Crabtree Lane
My maternal grandparents lived at Mostyn, Crabtree Lane. Mr & Mrs William (Bill) Jones. He was a builder; in the 1920's he worked in London and used to come down to build Mostyn at weekends, they finally moved in I think in the late 20's. It had a large garden that ran down to the back of Dawney Road. He had a large workshop where he did his carpentry. There was a lovely tennis court and orchards which was later sold and has now been built on. He built many of the houses in the area and owned several that various members of the family lived in. I remember Saltwell where my godparents lived in the late 40's before they took over the greengrocery on the Leatherhead Road. I remember walking to the large recreation field where cricket was played. We used to climb the conker trees near the swings!
Does Anyone Remember A Boy ....
My dear father attended Southey Hall in, I'd imagine, the 20's and his name was John David (Arathoon) Webster. It would be a great honour to hear from anyone who might have known him or attended with him.
The Croft Church Lane Great Bookham
My grandparents, Maud and Charles Kleboe lived in The Croft with Great Auntie Kate (who lived to 101). My parents, Geoff and Phil Kleboe moved there in 1960's for 2 years and my mum took over running the dress shop known as Francis after Great Auntie Kate retired (she was still working in her 90's!) My parents were married in Gt Bookham Church and my maternal grandfather (Mr Jones) was a builder who built most of the houses in the Dawney Road area - I can't remember its proper name. My parents had a greengrocers shop in Great Bookham when they were first married during the 1940's.
Where I Lived
I lived in Lower Shott from my birth in 1968 until I got married in 1994, my parents Pam and Tony Read lived here until 2010 when they moved down to Felpham. My Mum was born in Bookham and lived down Keswick Road, my parents moved to 25 Lower Shott in 1966, she saw and remembers the many changes of the village. I remember Tony's (T Cox) the newsagent shop, the greengrocers, the grocers store cannot remember the nice couple that owned it but always remember going up there for my mum and must not forget the Butchers on the corner of the shops owned by the lovely Ken Pillings. It was a nice quiet, safe estate to grow up on - fun times and memories.
The Kennels - is This The Site Bookham Equestrian Centre
I am pretty sure this must be along the Dorking Road looking up towards the Downs. It looks like it is on the left going up towards Polesdon Lacey? Can someone confirm I am right here? The buildings and stables are where the Carters eventually set up their stables. Not sure how early the Carter family were there. Maybe they even ran it back then as the hunt kennels. The place is now Bookham Equestrian Centre.
I think I am right in saying that daughter Norma Carter as a child, helped with the Lawrences Dairy milk horses. Mr Lawrence kept his dairy herd just down the road - Gurnsey or Jersey cattle. It was lovely milk in pint and quart bottles with cardboard tops and with a good deal of cream on top.
I recall a young man called Roger Stack worked at Carters in the 50's as a groom. I believe he became quite a... Read more
My grandfather Herbert Allen owned that building for a while - around 1920's I think - it was run for him by Denis Eaton. Dennis eventually became his son in law - he married Sylvia the 2nd youngest of 5 Allen girls - who only passed away about 4 years ago now. It was I thought called The Granary before it was turned into a house - could be wrong. My Aunt always referred to it as The Granary when talking about her husband running it. I think/assume they sold animal feeds and tools and such like - but not entirely sure. Perhaps someone else knows.
Butchers And Ironmongers Owned by Cordingly Family
Wasn't this at one time a butchers and then later became the Ironmongers owned by the Cordingley family? I am talking about the early 1900's and am not quite old enough to remember that.
Hi, the house in this picture is called Ralphs Cross. The road that runs up next to it is now Crabtree Lane. I lived there from 1968 until 1983, near the top, no 43, on the corner of Halepit Road. It was a nice bungalow and I remember many of the kids/neighbours. I am in touch with many via Friendsreunited and Facebook. We went to South Bookham Infants and Eastwick Middle School. Jenny Hammond and her family lived in one half of Ralphs Cross. It was a strange-shaped house and was actually meant to be a jail, apparently. Jenny was in my class at school. Other local children were Juliet Major, Paula Patterson, Janet Sutton, the Pillings, the Coombers, Penny Grant, Louise and Russell Waite, Ian and Kim Boddy, Vanessa Day, Elaine Wright, Paul and Nick Gale, Janice and Jeremy Oldacre, the Chittys, Mark State, Fiona Macdonald, Geraldine, Phillippa Saunders, Sharron and Leon Butcher, Louise Savin, Christopher and Sue Hunt, Linda and Yvette etc. I've heard from most of them, and... Read more
It's only roughly 1955 because we lived there from 1944 and moved to Little Bookham but I always remember Mum used to go to, as she would say, Absolems, which I remember well. I knew St Nicholas church then, we always went to church. I had friends down the Lower Road where we lived. I went to St Nicholas School. Would you know Gillian Lee or Gillian Longhurst? It would be good to get in touch.
Interesting to read the memory from Sue Rainer- Copland on Petherbridges greengrocers - my Mum worked there for many years. I can vividly remember long queues outside the door on many, many occasions. Above Camerons and the greengrocers was a ladies hairdressers called Geralds.
Does anyone remember Walker Smiths - grocers on the opposite side of the road?
High Street 1960 on
I remember this shop and several others in the High Street as my Aunt and Uncle ran the green grocers further down Peterbridges, and my other Aunt ran the dress shop down from the church. Absolem also had a shop at the top of Dawnay Road where I lived and my grandparents lived in Crabtree Lane from 1930 onwards
Sue Rainer- Copland
This view from Downs Way shows Beckley Parade and my uncle's shop which was next to the houses, the first house belonged to Councillor Turville Kill. My uncle's shop was a greengrocers and he and my aunt moved from here to the High Street in Great Bookham to a larger premises next to Camerons the sweet and toy shop. They traded in the area until 1971. A lot of my family had businesses in the village from 1930 to 1975.
I grew up at No 12 Dawnay Rd and stayed here until about 1975. This picture was taken from the Dorking Road, at the time we had a shop (grocers) which was run by Harry Absolem and his daughter Diane on the right hand corner. A lovely red telephone box stood on the right hand corner of this picture as well. Grass land to the left was were we played as children and hid. As you progess down the road very few people had cars or garages. Most had lovely front gardens and at about no 24/26 a chap called Harry Tuck grew the most fabulous Dahlias!.
Grove Cottage Now
My husband Gerald and I moved into 1 Grove Cottage 6 years ago. We love living in a house so full of history and often try to imagine what it would have been like during the hundreds of years people have lived here. It's certainly a lot more comfortable now with central heating, running water and electricity instead of the fire on the ground, the well outside and candles to see by. If anyone has photos of the house and garden, even quite recent ones, we would be interested in making copies.
I grew up in Effingham and would catch the bus back home from Bookham at the bus stop just opposite the cottage. On the day I went to view the cottage I had a flashback to myself as a child walking past and peering over the fence and into what is now our dining room. I remembered very clearly thinking to myself 'What a lovely old house', little knowing I would live there one day.
My parents were married in St Nicholas Church in 1960 - Valmai Daily (my mother) grew up at 234 Lower Road with her brother, Adrian and parents Dot and Drew. My Grandfather was a local electrician who spent all his free time at Effingham Golf Club and my grandmother (having retired from midwifery) was for many years the nurse at The School of Stitchery. I spent many of my early years in Great Bookham and then every school holiday when I went 'to work' with my Grandmother at The School of Stitchery and made many friends there. Names I can remember are Ellen & Ron Young (friends of my grandparents) and children I used to play with in the holidays were Phillip and Susie (also from Lower Road) and Michael and Jenny (I believe from Townsend Close?). The garden at 234 Lower Road used to be very long and narrow and after my Grandfather died the bottom half was sold off and I believe two bungalows... Read more
The Webbs And The Martins
I remember this house on the right and think it was called The Grange. CORRRECTION. It was called The Glade of course - I remember now so thank you for that, Maureen. I knew it in the 1950s when Mr and Mrs Webb lived there with their son John. Mrs. Webb was the person who first took me riding up at the Carter's stables on the Dorking Road.
Later in the 1960s I remember the Martins lived there - Steve and Tim.
I remember Grove Cottages and the families who lived in both No 1 & 2 in 1965. My parents were friendly with the Davies in No 2 and as a teenager I visited No 1 on many occasions along with all our crowd. The LeNoble family made us all very welcome and the cellar was a great meeting place for all us youngsters - happy memories.
I was born and grew up in Bookham. My extended family owned family grocers shops in the High Street, on Dawnay Road and on the Grove estate. My grandmother owned the sweetshop which is little changed today.
This shop on the right, was first opened by my Dad's father, Henry Absalom, it was next door to a sweet shop his wife Ethel ran. Ethel started a little shop from much further down the High Street during the 2nd World War when Henry came down from London to work as an armaments worker at the factory opposite the station - was that Gillets?. She ran her shop originally from her front room from a tiny house further down on the right. Then they had a little shop which was later a fish shop and I think might now be a computer shop - perhaps someone can enlighten me on this. Eventually they opened the sweet shop, the grocers and the chemist which was run by someone else (I cannot remember his name). Perhaps someone else can help me out.
The fence on the right is the end of the boundary of Bookham Cottage. This was a pretty cottage-style house set well back from the road. In the late 1920s it was bought by Herbert Allen, my grandfather. The gardens were to the back of the house and (from the photos I have seen) very beautiful. The land was bounded by the footpath which ran from the corner of Crabtree Lane to the top of the recreation ground. Many years later the property was sold and is now an estate of bungalows. The road through the houses is called Allen Road after Herbert and Ellen Allen.
2, Grove Cottages, Leatherhead Road
My brother Ray and myself lived at this address, depicted on the right of the photograph, with our parents, Alec and Doris, known as Dot and Davie. During the war a child from 1, Grove Cottages crawled through the fence and was killed on the road outside by a passing coach. Just beyond our house, which used to be a public house called The Saracen & Ring, a flint and brick wall was demolished, almost opposite The Victoria Hotel, by a Bren-Gun Carrier on the way to Normandy with a convoy of military vehicles. The wall was never re-built.
I lived with my parents and brother, Ray, at the top of the High Street at 2, Grove Cottages, Leatherhead Road. I lived there until I married Jean Rumming from Hersham, Surrey in 1960. This used to be a public house later closed down by Mrs Christie. The Royal Oak public house is on the right. We both belonged to St. Nicholas Church choir at the bottom of the High Street. High Court Judge Tucker lived just beyond the Oak and employed a lady gardener. I was a resident constable, PC 745. Henry Williams lived on the Lower Road, towards Fetcham, PC549 and John Carr. PC574 lived on the Lower Road towards Preston Cross. His police house had a fully operational candle-stick telephone for his use.
My brother lives in Woodlands Road, Little Bookham.