Whitaker Wright's Tomb 1906, Witley
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Am I correct in saying that Enton Hall was a health and relaxation place and maybe still is? Where Pat Combes and such like used to go :-) I worked there briefly in the 70s as a relief herdsman on their small Channel Island herd dairy farm. I remember the dairy man who was on holiday was an Austrian called Herman Degner ... anyone have any info please do make contact :-)
My great grandfather lived in and owned Lea Park and I am interested in the history of this wonderful building. My father Austin Stone wrote in one of his crime novels of the underwater fountain in the lake?! Any information and records/photographs would be most gratefully received.
BUTCHERS SHOP, WHEELER STREET
BUTCHERS SHOP, WITLEY. My mother and father ran the butchers shop in Wheeler Street, Doris and Mick McCullough, from 1936 to 1953. I remember the sweet shop next door (Fairfields) and the Co-op opposite (now Witley Wines). There was also Crossways Stores. I wonder if anyone else can remember my parents or maybe shopping at the butchers? I sometimes went with my father to Witley Station at about 6.00 am in the morning to collect the fish which had come down from Billingsgate and went with him delivering meat in the area, places such as Chichester Hall for school meals.
My memories are all in the mid 1950s when I used to visit my grandma and aunts and uncles. My father is commemorated on this war memorial and the vase seen on the left was one his brother had placed there. It was always filled with flowers until later on, after my uncle died, it was put on the family grave.
As a child on holiday with my aunts, uncles and grandma who lived at Northfields (where the post office is situated by the main road), I would spend many happy times buying pens, pencils, notebooks etc. I remember a Mr Bannister used to run the shop then.
Those Were The Days
I worked at Enton Hall in Witley, and often saw actresses and actors who were there for treatment, ie. Anthony Newley, Rita Hayworth etc. On one particular morning I arrived to clean Anthony Newley's chalet and found that some young girl, or girls, had plastered his door with a million lipstick kisses...to say that he was not amused would be an understatement? The proprietors were Norman Jarvis and Mr Reddell.
One Very Good Pub in England
One of My Employments of Yesteryear: Did you know that this public house has a corner where George Elliot used to write some of her famous books? Situated right opposite the War Memorial and next door to where Harry Swallow, who I believe was the head master of Witley School. I used to work there as a waitress in the 1950s and loved being part of Arthur Newland's team...a great boss to work for.
Jasmine Cottage, Petworth Road
In 1956, my family moved into Jasmine Cottage which stands behind the wall on the left of this picture. It was (is) the centre cottage of 3 in one old building. There was a family that lived in the house on the right, where I got my first sight of a television. The program that was on TV when I first saw it was a Test Match, (cricket). The White Heart pub was just up the road on the right and if you turned left, opposite the White Heart, the church was on the right and the village school was on the left. I went to that village school before becoming a boarder at KES. I now live in Kentucky, USA