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A Memory of Shere

I was born in 1967 in Guildford, and spent many weekends visiting my great grandfather and step great grand mother - Walter Colin King and Flora (known as Aunt Flora). My Grandfather was Colin Alexander King (brother to Ray Arthur King) who grew up in Filbert Cottage on Lower Street Shere. Having researched my family tree on this side of the family, I have found that our family go back hundreds of years in Shere, Albury and the surrounding area.

My great grandmother Annie Maria Arrow had one full brother and two half brothers through her mother's first marriage to John Songhurst (bootmaker) who died shortly after the death of his young daughter (Evangeline). Evangeline unfortunately died aged 7 due to diptheria in 1874. I imagine there may have been an outbreak in the village and others share similar history?

My Great Grandmother Annie Maria Arrow (daughter of Maria West and Arthur Arrow), and her children went to Shere village school, and her name can apparently still be seen on the school register.


I have discovered so much through researching Annie's family that it always brings a lump to my throat whenever I visit Shere and feel the same ground under my feet that they would have felt - and must visit again to do more research and enjoy the place some more. Shere is a beautiful place, and was a wonderful childhood memory for me. I can't even begin to describe them all!

A memory shared by samanthamullinsetienne , on Aug 3rd, 2014.

Comments & feedback

Sun Mar 29th 2015, at 8:47 pm

Susan Hibbert commented:

Shere 1958-67
I would travel with my father Bunny Smith from The Black Horse, Gomshall to the bank in Shere on a very regular basis. I believe I can also remember visiting the telephone exchange. Knowing I loved riding in the XK120 he would then suggest we take the long way home up through the leafy lanes towards Peaslake sometimes visiting friends on our way. Janie and Geoffrey Hayes, the Dutton family and Claytons. I would also ride my pony, Polly Flinders, from Gomshall to Shere to the farrier situated next to Olwen's hairdressers. Oh how I enjoyed the ride home cross country..... I believe the Kindergarten was located behind Olwen's where I was taught by a sister or daughter of the actor Donald Pleasants. Happy memories of wonderful Surrey where my heart still belongs...

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