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Here we have a splendidly detailed view of Godalming's High Street towards the end of the Victorian era. At number 69, Luxford's vegetable and fruiterer's shop boasts a colourful assortment of local produce, including bunches of grapes. Next door is the overhanging 16th-century frontage of the White Hart Inn, with its impressive arch leading into the stable yard. The hotel was closed and converted into shops in the early 1930s. The barber's shop with its prominent shaving sign dated back to the 18th century. On the opposite side of the street were Ballard's Stores standing next to the Angel Commercial Hotel, operated at this time by John Jasper Taylor. He advertised his facilities as being 'replete with every accommodation and comfort', and would even arrange for 'flys to meet trains if required'.

Other Memories from Godalming

Arthur Bradshaw My great grandfather.

My grandad had a grocers shop in Farncombe high street, Renmants. My mum, brother and I lived with the grandparents and great grandma during the 2nd world war. I can remember a German plane being shot down in Broadwater playing fields and we all went to have a look. Also,a bomb dropped on a house near Godalming Grammar School, so we went to see the huge crater as my grandad was in the ARP. I went to ...see more

My great-grandfather Walter Alfred BEARMAN was the 'pub manager' in 1908. He was married to Helen Mary Bearman and had been resident in Godalming for some time, the earliest I am aware of was 1899 when my grandfather's sister was born. Walter was originally the blacksmith in Godalming. There is a picture in the Frith gallery of two children standing on the streetside under the blacksmith sign. The two ...see more

My Grandmother told us all in the family that when she was young, in about 1920, she had passed through Godalming and had stayed there overnight at the White Heart Inn opposite the 'Pepperpot', where that night in her room she had clearly seen a vision at the foot of her bed of a woman in very old fashioned clothing (Georgian?) who then smiled at her and turned away and went through the closed door. Of ...see more

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