Haslemere in old picture postcards

Haslemere in old picture postcards

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59 This postcard from the Surrey Local Studies Library is of Clay Hill in 1909. The area had derived its name from the claypits which supplied the nearby brickfields. By 1913itwasknownasVVeyhill. On the left are the premises of Samuel Beek, the ironmonger and plumber, while next to hirn is Francis VVilliam Charman with his picture framing business. Note the awful state of the roads. This was a continual cause for concern amongst residents and keeping the dust down with the aid of a water cart aften made matters worse. In 1 91 2 a petition was sent to the council from horse owners complaining that toa much water was being put down to

deal with the dust. On the other hand Henry Conduit. a Clay Hill watchmaker, wrote complaining of a distinct lack of water. 'The dust has abated, but sa has the water cart,' he wrote. 'Peculiarly its absence

was noted after the rate collector had been round and since we have received but one sprinkling in five days.'

60 Haslernere's rwice yearly Fairs were granted as far back as 1394 and reaffirmed by a Royal Charter from Queen Elizabeth I in 1 596. They were mainly for the sale of'horses, horned cattle, sheep and hogs' we are told in an old Surrey book in 1830 but, by the end of the century they had became much merrier events. Gone was the livestock and in its place were swings, roundabouts, shooting galleries and stalls. Huge crowds thronged the High Street, over 2,000 ofthem in 1901, and local residents felt that enough was enough. Over the next few years the Fair moved around, ending up in September 1906 in Clay Hili. The photographs on this page and

the next are bath from the Surrey Local Studies Library and were taken on 13 th May 1 911 . This one is entitled 'Cooking the Showrnan's Dinner'. A pot bubbles on the open fire, while sernething

tasty sizzles in the heavy gauge frying pan. Behind the cook you can see a steam traction engine and roundabout.

6 1 The two Fairs were held annuallyon 13th May and 26th September, although my old baak on Surrey, published around 1 830, states 1 st May as the date. Was this a mis take I wonder, or was the May Fair at one time held on May Day? In this picture the Fair looks as if it is being dismantled. In the foreground a man bends over theTest-Your-Weight Machine, a very popular side show with all young men trying to impress the girl on their arm. Behind hirn are the Swingboats, while opposite is a Shooting Gallery. The Fairs were always looked forward to by young and old alike, and not just for their entertainment. aId Clay Hill gardeners would never plant

their runner beans until they heard the traction engines and fair wagons arriving in May!

62 Haslemere Educational Museum's photo of the Weyhili carriage builder H.A. Booker, taken in 1890. Mr. Booker, who also shoed horses and was a general smith at Lion Green, employed a large staff as you can see from the photograph. They are posing for the camera in front of a private omnibus. Introduced around 1 870, these horsedrawn vehieles were very popular in the latter part of the nineteenth century and many hotels had their own. They were also of ten used as station buses and local buses on rural routes. Luggage was carried in the rack on the top and they could carry six people, three on each side looking in, so they didn't have

much of a view. Entrance was through a fuIl height door at the rear of the vehiele.

63 During the FirstWorld War Hilders, the home of Lord Aberconway, was one of severallarge houses which became military hospitals. This postcard ofWey Hill, published by Frith in 1914, was sent in August 1 91 6 by a soldier being nursed back to health there. He writes: 'I've been here six weeks. I'rn keeping weil, but the leg isn't making much progress.' On the left of the postcard is Lion Green Stores, while two doors down are the premises of H.]. Rogers' motor cyde works. Mr. Rogers had started out at the turn of the century selling cycles, but he moved with the times, progressing to motor cycles and later becoming a

garage. He also manufactured the 'Roberts' rain water separator we mentioned earlier.

64 The Upper Pond at Shottermill, photographed by E. Gane lnge around 1904 and looking very much as it does today. Actually over the border in Sussex, it is one of two hammer ponds which drave the machinery used in the manufacture of iran during the 16th and 17th century. By the nineteenth century this industry had died out and the ponds were used to supply extra water power for Oliver's Mill which was sited just below them. At the sale of the mill in 1939, the two millponds were purchased by the Haslemere Preservation Society, which later donated them to the National Trust. In 1 955 they were restared to their farmer glary in memory of

the founders of the Preservation Society, Col. and Mrs. Hume.

65 This postcard of Oliver's Mill at Shottermill, published around the turn of the century, shows one of the last working watermills in the area. Now converted into a house and actually in West Sussex, it was a flour mill in 1826 run byWilliam Oliver. The mill remained in the same family until it ceased working in 1939. In his book "The Watermills of Surrey' Derek Stidder tells us that major improvements took place in 1880 when the overshot waterwheel, 14 ft in diameter by 7 ft 6 in., was replaced by a 'Little Giant' water turbine at a cost of ;1;50. This was installed by William Tomsett, who operated from the Ock-

ford Works at Godalming. The weatherboarded lean-to marks the former position of the waterwheel and the replacement turbine. The road in the foreground crosses Three Counties Bridge, so

named as it marks the boundary between Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire.

liver's }1i11 Shoflerm Z.

66 The nearby village of Shottermill, photographed by Frith in 1908. An elderly bearded gentleman stands outside "The Staff of'Life', a public hause with an unusual, if not unique, name. Today it is a private house, but it still bears the name. N ext door is the family business of Henry Harding. The Hardings had livedheresince 1870,although it was only a small cottage then. Henry Harding built this rambling house presumably to house his farnily of ten children. FIOm here he ran not only his grocers business and post office, but he was also a builder and cabinet and coffin maker. In

1995 the name Hardings can still be seen over the door. Charles Harding taak over the grocers and post office business from his father and, in turn, Charles' san Brian taak over the reins. Carrying on up

the raad past Hardings you can just see the windows of a cottage called Brookbank.

67 Braakbank was, for a short time, the home of George Eliot, the author. She wrote: 'Ever since the 1 st of May (1871) we have been living in this queer cottage, which belangs to Mrs. Gilchrist, wife of the Gilchrist, who wrote the life ofWilliam Blake, the artist. We have a ravishing country round us, and pure air and water - in short, all the conditions of health, if the east wind were away' In Iuly of that year she had to leave her' queer cottage', but managed to rent a house on the opposite side of the raad. While at Shottermill she worked on 'Middlemarch', writing: 'Imagme me seated near a window, opening under a verandah, with

flower pots and lawn and pretty hills in sight, my feet on a warm battle, and my writing on my knees.'

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68 The Hindhead Raad in 1906 with a kerosene, or paraffin, tanker making its slow way towards the summit at Hindhead. At this date these tankers were still drawn by a horse and it was a long haul from the railway station, where the kerosene was picked up, to the Hindhead erossroads, where deliveries would be made. This partieular tanker is earrying 'White Rose Finest American Lamp Oil'. As kerosene was not highly inflammable there were na stringent regulations and shop keepers would sell it alongside flour and sugar. At this time it was possible to see petrol being delivered this way, being handed out to customers in two gallon eans. It

wasn't long, however, befare the oil eompanies realised that this was defmitely NOT the way to dispense such an inflammable fuel and underground tanks and petrol pumps soon began to appear.

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