Ashtead, Oaken Cottage c.1960

Memories of Ashtead


I was born in Ashtead in 1945, we lived at Read Road in Lower Ashtead. I have a vivid memory of the shops at the top of Read Road. From the newsagents, next was the off-licence, then Goldings grocery store, next was the chemist, next was a small cafe which we were never allowed to visit, don't know why. The next place was (...Read full memory)

I was born in my parents' house in The Mead, off Skinners Lane, in 1935. A year later my father became the proprietor of Ashtead Squash Rackets & Tennis Club. It was built by my grandfather, Edgar Littlewood, who built many large properties in Ashtead from the turn of the century, and who lived at Littlewoods, (...Read full memory)

This photograph brings back memories of my very happy childhood in Ashtead between 1944 and 1964 when I went off to join the met Police and live in London. In particular, the shop on the extreme right was Baldwins an old style personal service grocers that my Father Frank Simmons used to manage. He let me work there as (...Read full memory)

My great Grandfather moved here around 1914 and we have pictures of the family at the house, plus a few sketches by my Great great Uncle, however I can find no trace of this property from internet searches. From images that we have, it is very similar in style to the house on the corner of Barnett Wood Lane and (...Read full memory)

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