Horley, St Bartholomew's Church 1906

Memories of Horley

Prompted many memories of growing up when Horley was a small market town , where cattle, pigs, and other creatures were bought and sold. When empty, it made a marvellous play ground. No doubt it would be out of bounds these days. I went to school in Albert and Lumley Road (s)? And went to secondary (...Read full memory)

I was a boarder at Kingsley School. I clearly recall our "crocodile" to church every Sunday, the Sunday story time whilst we continued our "hobby" ( I really do not know how they would have coped with a singing hobby!). We were all encouraged to be ladylike and NOT wear patent shoes as our thick blue knickers (...Read full memory)

This view looks back along High Street. The two buildings either side of the turning into Albert Road have long gone, to be replaced by new offices. The building on the left was the Constitutional Club; it was built in a Bedford Park Domestic Revival style around 1890 with steep tiled roofs and much use of brick banding.

Further north was the hamlet of Horley Row, with the Chequers Inn at its east end. This is now a busy road junction of the A23 and B2036 Balcombe road. The pond has long been filled in, and the pub is now the Chequers Thistle Hotel, much used by Gatwick airport business travellers. The buildings survive, but they were (...Read full memory)

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