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I lived in Ashtead from the 1960s to about 1972 when my parents went back to Ireland. I went to St. Peters Primary School Leatherhead for two years,. This is a list of pals I used to hang out with back in the day. My first name is actually Joe but sometimes I use my given name to track (...Read full memory)

The above photo is the pond which is close to Dorothy Connor's current home in Glebe Road, Ashtead. This area has not changed so very much since the time the Frith photo was taken in 1904. Interestingly, Dorothy Connor (nee Step) is actually pictured in the Caterham Frith photo (...Read full memory)

The petrol station on the right is where my mum bought her first car, a standard 8. I was 3 at the time and remember sitting in the back [no child restraints of course] while she test drove it. I can still remember the smell of Gadsbey's, the delicatescent on the left. The pet shop/ garden equipment shop, 2nd on the left, (...Read full memory)

We lived at Moorlands in The Marld, Ashtead, around the years 1948 to 1952. It was a large house with a very large garden and orchard. There was also a tennis court. I can remember being sent to the upper village to have the battery for the wireless recharged at the hardware shop and also hurling apples at any boys who came too (...Read full memory)

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)

Ashtead is the best place on Earth to live! I lived there with my sister and brother for almost 5 years in the late seventies early eighties..... this picture of the Street brings me tears of joy, the people there were wonderful, polite, hospitable and loving; I wish I could go back there one day to visit old neighbors and see this beautiful town and country again!!

We, the Felton family, lived in Ashtead for many years until Dad retired from running the hardware shop Norman Stores in 1963. That shop had been in our family since probably about the 1890s (Dad was born there in 1907). We lived in Craddocks Avenue until moving to live above the shop for 3 years. Older residents might (...Read full memory)

I spent all my childhood in Ashtead from 1954-1972 and enjoyed a wonderful freedom that today's children don't have. I'm still in touch with Gillian [Barrett] and Sheena [Tailby]. I wonder what happened to other friends: Rita Stewart, Monica Button, Sarah Hytch, Claire Manning, Hilary and Jane Lewis, (...Read full memory)

I am responding to P Mara, I knew a Joe Mara and was a friend of Mick Budd, he was a really pleasant guy, friendly and open. I lived in West Farm and knew Graham, Martin and Roy well. I live in London with my wife and occasionally my children also. I have strong memories of my village childhood, I loved the summers (...Read full memory)

I lived in a cottage by the pond some 20 odd years ago. My neighbour, well into her 90's was Mac May (a version of her true name garbled by other neighbours' kids) who, every day, was out in her wellies digging in the garden. We had this photo &, knowing Mac May had lived in the cottage all her life, asked if she knew the (...Read full memory)