Haslemere in old picture postcards

Haslemere in old picture postcards

:   Annette Booth
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:   United Kingdom
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49 A smart brougham carriage makes its way along Station Raad, or Lower Street, around 1908, me eoaehman persuading the pair of harses to piek up their heels as they pass three ladies. The ladies, in turn, glanee admiringly into the earriage as it makes its way towards the High Street. Perhaps they are on their way to worship as, immediately behind the earriage, with [ust the roof visible, is me Baptist Chapel, whieh was ereeted in 1 862. On the extreme right of the picture you ean just see me corner of the Good Intent publie house. Now a private house, it was a hostelry from

1 867, when me lease was taken by a Godalming brewer. He found it such a profitable

little business that he purchased it outright eight years later.

50 A little further along Lower Street we have the Congregational Chapel, now the United Reformed Church. It was erected in 1881, at a cast of f:2,326, adjacent to an earlier chapel built in 1791, which in future would be used as a lecture hall and schoolrooms. A Private Grammar School was started here by Ioseph Swindells in around 1886. He taught the older boys, while his wife taught the girls and younger boys. By the time of our postcard, published by Frith in 1906, the old building was in use as the 'Hillside Girls School & Preparatory for Boys', or so the sign outside tells us. We can also just make out that the proprietor was a

Miss Iane Gray. I wonder if she had been a pupil of the Swindells. By 1911 Miss Gray had moved her Private School to Thursley End.

}{aslemere. .Eower Sireet.

51 Penfeld's Corner, photographed by Prith in 1912. The building on the left isVerandah Cottage and is typtcal of the lovely Surrey cottages depicted in the watercolours of Helen Allingham, the artist. She apparently used it as a summer retreat and when one looks at her painting entitled 'A Surrey Cottage' one can see that she might weIl have immortalised it in watercolours, minus the busy main road, of course! On the right ofthe cottage you can just make out the sign for the Oaklands Hotel, now retirement homes. Returning to Verandah Cottage - in 1908 a Mrs. Moon, who lived there, had the hon-

our ofbeing Haslemere's very first telephone operator. She had fourteen subscribers.

52 It's April I v l l andin this photograph from the Surrey Local Studies Library, which was taken by a Mr. E.N. Pearce, a gentleman stands quite nonchalantly in the road opposite the "Iudor House' in Station Raad something no-one in their right mind would try to do today. Apart from the absence of traffic, the view is little changed and the 17th century merchant's house, faced in ashlar stone and most out of character with the surrounding Surrey architecture, is still worthy of a photograph today. At one time it bore the name 'Sheepskin House' and its attic was used for the skinuing and curing offurs.Adjacent to the house we can see

the premises ofH. Knights, the printer, known appropriately as Caxton House.

53 It was the coming ofthe railway to Haslemere in 1 859 that heralded a new era for, what was until then, little more than a village. This Frith postcard from the Surrey Local Studies Library shows the station in 1906, by which time the whole area had become a fashionable health

spa. The proprietor ofThe Railway Hotel, Thomas Castieman, made sure he pointed out that his hotel was within 'easy reach of Hindhead and Blackdown', He advertised it as 'completely rebuilt. Luncheons and teas a speciality' . He even offered carriages to meet all trains. Perhaps he thought all those London folk wouldn't be able to walk across the road from the sta-

tion! Certainly everything was done to encourage them, including cheap week-end train tickets. London to Haslemere return cast 9/- First Class, 5/9 Second Class and 4/6 Third.

54 By the beginning of the century visitors were arriving at Haslemere Station in their hundreds, even thousands on Bank Holidays! They all needed to be transported to their destinations and, although many hotels offered their own transport, severallocal men had set up in business as cabmen.Around 1905 one resident, Miss E. Whymper, seen here on the left of this photo from the Haslemere Educational Museum, took pity on the cabmen and provided them with a hut. By 1915, as the number of taxicabs multiplied, there was concern about the varying cab fares. Haslemere Urban District Councillooked into the

matter and recommended that the cab-owners should be asked to draw up and fix a tariff of fares from the station. It was also suggested that their attention should be drawn to the great irtconven-

ience caused to the public by their congregating outside the booking office.

55 Haslemere Educational Museum's photo of King Edward VII at Haslemere Station on his way to lay the foundation stone at Midhurst Sanatarium in November 1903. The Haslemere Herald reporter wrote: 'Haslemere was in festive mood when King Edward VII alighted from the Royal train ... In a carriage drawn by four harses, with outriders, His Majesty frequently recognised the salutations of his people by bowing and baring his head as he proceeded down the Foundry Road where, perhaps, the crush of people was greatest. FIOm the schoolchildren he received an especially enthu-

siastic ovation.' In honour of the King's visit, Foundry Road was renamed Kings Road.

56 A 1904 postcard, published by E. Gane Inge, of the newly-completed St. Christopher's Church in Weyhill. As the end of the century approached the population of Haslemere rapidly increased. In 1842 it had been little more than a large village, with a population of just 840. By 1897 that number was almost 2,000 and demands for another church to ease the burden on the Parish Church grew; Much of the new growth was taking place along Foundry Raad, later Kings Raad, and towards Shottermill. Services for people living in these areas were being conducted in a small

galvanised iron room in Foundry Raad. The foundation stone of the new church was laid in November 1902 by Mrs. Randall Davidson, the wife ofthe Bishop of Winchester, and St. Christopher's

was consecrated in 1903. lts first vicar was the Reverend Allan Macnab Watson.

51. r:?hrisfophers /fas/emere.

57 Inthisl920'ssnapshot from the Haslemere Educational Museum's collection, youngsters are gathering on St. Christopher's Green to enjoy all the fun ofWeyhill's Cooperative Fete. A fancy dress and decorated wagon competition is in progress with coupons to spend at their local co-op as prizes. The Co-operative Society had its beginnings in Rochdale in 1844 and the Haslemere and District branch of the Industrial Co-operative Society opened in Lower Street in 1903, with Mr. Britton WActon as manager. Residents warmed to the idea of sharing in the profits of their local shop and in 1908 a purpose-built Co-operative store was erected in

Clay Hill, almost opposite the Crown and Cushion public house.

58 This postcard of Farnham Lane may not look very interesting at first glance, but in this case, it is the message on the reverse that is sa intriguing. It was posted in Shottermill on 4th December 1903 and is addressed to a Miss Vinten at the Elephant Hotel, Kingsland High Street, London. The message is simple and to the point: 'My-, (no name, just a dash) On the other side is a view of the place where I'rn going to bury the Mrs!' Presumably the gentleman, who doesn't sign his name, was only joking but what if he wasri't? Surely no-one would send an open postcard with such a message? Needless to say, I have already scoured the local

newspapers for any reports of a murder or missing person around this time and, when I have more time, I plan on delving into this little Haslemere mystery!

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