Great Bookham photos
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Memories of Great Bookham
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.
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