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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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

I had a job in the park taking dogs for the Atkins - they had kennels in the park - any one know what happed to them?

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)

Looking at these photos brings it all back for me. My parents ran Ashtead Riding School, Ashtead Woods Road, for eight years until 1969 when we moved to Sussex. I still remember Nash's garage as seen in the Craddocks Parade 1961 picture, as I fell out of my father's Jag XK120, aged 5, when he pulled out of the forecourt. No seatbelts then! Seems like yesterday!!

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)