Farnham in old picture postcards

Farnham in old picture postcards

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:   Annette Booth
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19. The same view of The Borough, taken about 25 years later. The formidable partnership of Charles Borelli and Harold Falkner have finished their renovation of No. 40 and Miss Paget has moved her Spinning Wheel Antique business there from No. 17 Bast Street. It is thanks to these two men that so many of Farnham's fine buildings have been preserved. What a legacy they have left the present generation. Their work also seems to have inspired ethers! Sturt's bookshop, seen to the right of The Spinning Wheel, was re-fronted by Crosby's in the 1920's in very much the same Tudor style. Frank Sturt, the brother of the author George Sturt, ran the family business at No. 42 at the beginning of the century. He died in 1930. In 1934 the premises were rebuilt for Boots the Chemist. Notice the much larger chimney on the London & County Bank, another useful clue in dating photographs. This teIls us the photo must be after 1903, when the bank was enlarged.

20. The Bush Hotel gardens in the early 1900's when the grounds extended to some three acres and included a bowling green and tennis lawn. Walter Howard Fisher was the manager at the time this photograph was taken and he offered 'a hotel for families and gentlemen' with a large banqueting hall, dining, drawing, billiard and private sitting rooms. The Bush has a long tradition, dating back to at least the beginning of the 17th century. It was a famous coaching inn in its time, with stage coaches clattering into its cobbJed court yard from The Borough and, unti11940, it was the venue of the annual Venison Feast, inaugurated in 1781 by Bishop Brownlow North, in a bid to dissuade the locals from poaching deer in Farnharn Park. Each August it was traditional for the resident Bishop to give 'a good fat buck to the Bailiffs & the Burgesses of the town, to be consumed at a public festival at the Bush'.

21. The Borough in about 1907 with The Bush Hotel on the left and The Ship inn, immediately la the right of the two ladies. Bath premises belonged to Farnham UnitedBrewery and were offered for sale in 1928, when Courages taak over. At that time The Bush was, and still is, a goingeoneern, but The Ship had lost its lieenee in 1914. In 1994 it is the premises ofthe Abbey NationalBuilding Society. In 1878 The Ship was completely rebuilt and George Sturt, who lived next door at No. 18, te lls us why, in 'A Sm all Boy in the Sixties': 'One moming my father, going out just befare six o'clock to his business at the wheelwright's shop in East Street, found "The Ship" in ashes. It had bumt to the ground during the night; yet none of us had heard anything of the lire.'

22. The Bailiff's Hall in The Borough before it was restored by Harold Falkner in 1935. H's hard to believe that this is the same building as the one we see today. What's really amazing is that Harold Falkner restored it without having any drawings on which to base his work. Later, when original drawings came to light, they were surprisingly like his 1930's reconstruction, but then that, perhaps, was the measure of the man! At the time of our photograph the building housed The Boro' Bazaar Stores, run by A. Crisp. I am not sure of the date, but imagine it to be in the late 1920's. The re as on for the name 'Bailiff's Hall' is also rather vague, since as late as 1820 this building was simply the stables of the Goat's Head inn.

23. This photograph of John Price's store at No. 30 The Borough is from The Museum of Farnham's collection. The date of the picture is unknown, but it is probably around the end of the last century. Mr. Price was a tea merchant and tobacconist and his windows are full of his own blended boxes of teas, coffees and cocoas. In this era befere mass packaging, the tea was sold from tea chests, two of which can be seen in the right-hand window. Also in that windoware boxes of French coffee and Mr. Price's own cocaa. An advert of his in the 1909 Farnharn Directory invites shoppers to come in and try same free samples. 'Before retiring to rest take a cup of Prices Cocoa Essence1I4lb tins only 7 1/2d, 11b tins 2/6d.' His tobaccos, cigars and cigarettes seem to cost around 3d a packet.

24. A young man takes a long hard look atthe photographer, as he nonchalantly saunters along the street in 1921. Can you imagine trying to do that today? Like the other young man in the picture, leaning against the lamp-post, he is wearing a large cloth cap, a fashion made popular by the Prince of Wales around this time. The Borough stretches out behind hirn with Lionel H. Smith's hairdressers' business on the left at No. 1, IE. Speneer's. the draper. opposite at Nos. 51/52 and Timothy White's next to that. Farnham's rather unusual farm of consecutive house numbering means that odd and even numbers are not on opposite sides of the street as in most towns. To the left of Lionel Srnith's shop is No. 122 West Street, for nearly two centuries the wine merchants business of the Williams family. The men standing outside the shop may wel! be discussing the coal miners' strike, which lasted from March to August, causing rationing.

25. The staff of Timothy White & Co Ltd. stand outside their store at Nos.49 and 50The Borough. The 1920's have arrived and the young ladies are sporting much shorter dresses and hairstyles to match. Presumably the young man with the peaked cap and the bicycle is the delivery boy for Timothy Whites. If you look back at the previous pieture you will see the store on the right-hand side. 'Household Stores', the sign reads in huge letters, and 'Cash Chernists'. Look at the wonderful array of buckets and baths hanging up outside. The store also had one of the many commerciallibraries in the town. Until1928 people wishing to borrow books had to go to places like Timothy White's, Boots, and Sturts, and actually pay for the privilege. It was not until Farnham's first library opened at the Council Offices in South Street in October of that year that borrowing became free of charge!

26. A postcard of West Street and The Borough which we have been able to date almast exactly. The year is 1903 and the scaffolding has just gone up on the London & County Bank at No. 38 The Borough. By February 1904 the scaffolding would be down again and the three-bayed bank with its narrow chimney would become the five-bayed building we know today. On the left of the postcard is the Lion & Lamb Hotel, while opposite are the newly-built premises of Darracotts Restaurant at No. 7 West Streel. In the centre of the picture is IE. Spencer's, the drapers. The firm started at No. 7 East Street in 1860, moving to The Borough in 1867. John Elliott Spencer became head of the firm in 1901 when his father died. Perhaps bis death and that of Queen Victoria's in tbe same year prompted Mr. Spencer to advertise bis new 'Mourning Warebouse' in 1901. He could provide you with 'Every requisite for Mourning'.

27. The Lion & Lamb Commercial Hotel at No. 113 West Street, photographed at the turn of the century. I am particularly fond ofthis picture, which is another from The Museum of Farnham's collection, because of the huge lion and lamb which adorns the roof. I wonder what ever happened to that? It's also interesting when one realises th at this is what the Lion & Lamb looked like until as late as the 1920's, but that's another story! The deeds ofthe hotel go back to 1692, andit is possibly a lot older. !tceased trading in 1910afterbeing purchased by William Kingham and Sans, the Farnham grocers. On the right of the hotel can be seen the town's main Post Office, where postmaster Sparkman could be rightly proud of the fact that there were na less than live collections a day and that a letter posted at lunchtime could reach its destination on the very same day and all for just ld! In November 1904 the Post Office was relocated in Leigh House, 107 West Street.

28. I'm sure many visitors to Farnham look at the Lion & Lamb in West Street and marvel at how it has stood the test of time. But, as I mentioned overleaf, the present building is surprisingly new, having been reconstructed in the 1920's. Having purchased the hotel, Kingham's came to the conc1usion that they actually had something a bit speciaL With support from Charles Borelli they set about restoring the building and this 1929 postcard shows what a good job they made of it. Next to the Lion & Lamb were, and still are, the offices of the Farnham Herald, whose original ncwspapers have been invaluable to my research. The Heraid was founded by Ernest Langham, who, in 1891, as a 21 year-old, rode into Farnham on a bicyc1e and never looked back. He originally set up business in South Street, moving his printing works and the Heraid offices to No. 114 West Street in 1905.

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