Lower Kingswood photos
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Lower Kingswood maps
Historic maps of Lower Kingswood and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all Lower Kingswood maps
Lower Kingswood area books
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Memories of Lower Kingswood
Summer 1956.... I am Armell, a "Frenchy, a "Frog", who will remember for ever my beautiful days with Mr and Mrs Cantrell, John and Jill, from Lower Kingswood. I was in "such a need" just after my father had passed over and ... so many good souvenirs ... and so many good things I am so grateful for. Now, I am almost 68, a widow and live in Las Palmas, Canary Islands. I shall never forget my best days and also my friend Anne Newton, her sister, brother and her cheerful family (and the doggies, Shandy and the pony) just across Mrs Cantrell's garden. Thank you for your friendship and good willing towards me.
Garden Farm, Waterhouse Lane
We lived at Garden Farm, Waterhouse Lane, Kingswood, these are some of my memories. I went from there to Tadworth School, also myself and family used to walk from there most Sundays along different paths to Reigate and have an ice cream, and had no money for the bus fare home so we had to walk all that way back again, but was good fun. Also we would often walk to Main Road and see a Greenline bus coming, so we would hop on, and end up in London, again with not much money, and we would sit on the steps of Eros with peanuts, and more often than not get the last bus home. We also would walk over to Epsom downs after the races and find money that people had lost after a day at the races, they were good innocent days
An Idilic Childhood
My grandmother, Lillian Kemp, lived at 9 Howard Close. We visited regularly and had the best days running all over the village. Fishing sticklebacks out of the pond, looking for rats at the rubbish dump (!), trying to catch the wild kittens, riding various ponies bare back, raiding orchards for apples, watching the shire horses pulling the brewery dray on Derby Day as they set off from the Chequers pub. We lived full time, briefly, at Howard Close and I attended the school in Breech Lane and sang in the choir at St Peters. Sadly my grandmother passed away in 1971 so those wonderful days were cut short. I have very fond memories of those days
Dudleys in Walton on The Hill
My great-grandfather Henry Dudley grew up in Walton On The Hill, as did many of his ancestors and siblings. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1874. His father Jacob Dudley married my great-great-grandmother Jemima King in 1828 and they had eleven children. Walton On The Hill, I am proud to say, looks every bit as I would have imagined it to be, a beautiful, peaceful and serene location. Next year following my retirement, I will fulfill a lifelong ambition to visit Banstead and all its surrounding counties including of course Walton On The Hill. My family tree is on ancestry.com.uk .
Walton on The Hill in 40s
I was born and lived in Chequers Lane Walton in 40s. Our house which was No 74 was the Police House and I used to cycle to St Hildas School at Tadworth, run by Miss Adams who lived in house opposite Chappell's newsagent in Tadworth. I went to school with young Chappell. but sadly cannot remember his name. Used to be great as a kid riding across the wonderful expanse of Walton Heath and the Golf Club where Miss Paul was secretary.
My father as the local Police Officer given freedom of the course by Miss Paul for services to the club during the war and used to play there and did so quite often with Mr Miles who was a local probation officer. I remember the 80A buses that used to turn around and park at The Chequers, before later on doing so in Howard's Close.
I also vividly remember getting the 406 from Hedge Corner to Reigate when I... (Awaiting moderation, read more soon)