Weybridge Enquiry - a Memory of Weybridge.

My Grandmother lived at Hanger Hill House immediately prior to the Second World War. She worked as a housekeeper for a family with connections to the oil industry. I believe she lived in the Surrey area for most of her life but after the war did not reside at Hanger Hill House. Would anyone have records of the area from the late 1940's onwards that may be able to help me trace more information about my Grandmother?

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Thu Feb 28th 2019, at 1:34 pm
Dennis Hall commented:
Does any kind person interested in the local history of Walton-on-Thames
recall the small heavy industry building that lay close by the Oatlands Avenue
side of Sir Richard’s Bridge over the railway line near to the Station, and which
was referred to by local people by the name of Falkener’s?
As youngsters on our bikes as we rode short-cutwise across the sandy waste-land to and fro Oatlands Avenue, St Mary’s Church, Beechward Avenue and
Oatlands Park, we would often pause to stop and watch the heavy drop-hammer
beat into shape desired of the pieces of red-hot iron with impressive great noise
that held our youthful attention for some minutes on end.
Hard put to finding anyone with any knowledge or memory of Falkener’s Iron Works I should be grateful for any even of the slightest recollection.
Thanks in advance!
Wed Feb 27th 2019, at 10:48 am
Dennis Hall commented:
Hi! During the war, in June 1944, Hanger Hill was if not the first in my view certainly the second recipient of the flying-bomb that subsequently became known as « the doodle-bug »; not at first because no-one knew quite what they were let alone what to call them, although I believe there was a suggestion as to
some kind of reference to them initially but soon let go in favour of the former.
It landed on a house - if not in the grounds of the building - that stood on the crest of the hill rise of the road from which point the road continues on the flat towards the station, ie a little before the house with the Italianate tower on the
left side of the road looking towards the station.

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