Saturday, 2 May 2015

Monday, 6 April 2015

E is for Elstead Mill

This lovely building, once a mill still stands, and is now a rather lovely and authentic public house in the rural Surrey village of Elstead.

I have an ancestor, Sarah Ellis (nee Hall), born in London who moved to Elstead and is recorded on the 1851 Census as a lace worker. Sarah and her husband John migrated from Elstead to Geelong Victoria Australia as free settlers.

Last September, I attended the funeral of my late Mum's first Cousin. His son held the wake (family gathering) at Elstead Mill public house and was completely unaware of the family connection.
 
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I discreetly took a few pictures.

Elstead Mill plaque. Taken September 2014 Elstead Mill plaque. Taken September 2014

Elstead Mill - with the wheel still working! Taken September 2014 Elstead Mill - with the wheel still working! - Taken September 2014

The original brickwork at Elstead Mill. Taken September 2014 The original brickwork at Elstead Mill. Taken September 2014

There was something very special about standing in a room, watching a wheel turn not just with the nineteenth century technology, but knowing that Sarah Ellis and had watched this exact wheel turn in this exact spot more than 160 years ago.

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Saturday, 4 April 2015

D is for Dennis

Anyone who lives in the Guildford area will be familiar with the business of Dennis Brothers. Originally from Devon the brothers moved to Guildford and set about building bicycle spares.

A few years ago I spotted this ashtray, which does show signed of use. As I was writing this post I came across the website for The Dennis Society, which was new to me. On that page it shows a picture of the Rodboro Buildings which for all my childhood was derelict despite being sited on some prime real estate. In fact it has only been in the last twenty years that the building has taken on a new lease of life and is the home of the Academy of Contemporary Music.


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Friday, 3 April 2015

C is for Compton

Compton is such a pretty village. My Great Aunt lived in the next village and on occasions we would walk from Farncombe to Compton Church Once there we would sit in the pews for a rest, then wander around the grounds before heading back to Farncombe to visit my other Great Aunt. Our reward for a few hours in the fresh air was tea and coffee cake which was my favourite.

On one such walk we spotted a small antique shop. We had to wander in and see what delights they had, and every now and again my Aunt would comment "we had one of those" referring to her childhood home. I purchased a book from that antique shop on one of our last walks. The book was the Philimore Surrey edition of the Doomsday Book, which I still have and is shown here and I notice there is now a website about Surrey in the Doomsday Book and there is a Doomsday Map site.

As usual we stopped at the church on this particular day, and Aunt noticed that there was confetti still on the ground from the previous day's wedding. She picked one up and gave it to me, in the shape of a horseshoe and in a pretty pink colour. I still have that horseshoe piece of confetti, which sits nestled into the cover of the book.

My Great Aunt died in December 2010 aged 95 and was the last of my Grandfather's siblings.


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Thursday, 2 April 2015

B is for Bramley

A lovely little village on the main A281 out of Guildford towards the Sussex border. Early on in my career I worked in this cute village. That though, was not my only link to the village. My 5 x Great Grandfather, Daniel Butcher was baptised here, along with that of his siblings in the first two decades of the eighteenth century. 

There is the Bramley local History Society who formed in 1994 when I was still living in the County. My own ancestors moved from Bramley to Wonersh and had branches of that main line to the nearby villages of Hascombe and Shere. I always had the hunch that the Butcher family had originated in Sussex, and whilst I am still proving that hypothesis, Daniel Butcher married in Tillingon in 1745.

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

A is for Aldershot

My first choice for A was in fact Alfold. I have a rather lovely postcard of this Surrey village which is close to the Sussex border. My filing system has become flawed! and so I have substituted with Aldershot.

Aldershot is in Hampshire, and is well known for it's military presence.  You can read more HERE. My Great Great Uncle was stationed here in the late 19th Century as he was in the Medical Corp, or as it is known now the Royal Army Medical Corp (RAMC), who are located at Keogh Barracks and there is a regiment museum located in Aldershot still. You can see their web site HERE.


This has not been used, so dating can only really be estimated with the occurrences within the postcard. I love the soldiers gathered on the left, whereas we see the modern inventions of the car and aeroplane in the sky above.

For those interested in the unusual name of Keogh, there is a One-Name study for the name and you can read more about that HERE

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

A - Z April Challenge

Over the course of the coming month the Guildford and District blog will be taking part in the April A - Z Blogging Challenge.

Each day a post will be published representing the letters of the alphabet - 1st April is A, 2nd April is B and so forth. The only exception is there is NO post on Sunday!

Long time readers of this blog may recall I have previously shared what is my genealogical postcard tool - this postcard shows a 10 mile radius of Guildford. Not all the places on this postcard will be shared over the coming month. There will be some previously shown favourites and some new ones!

So stayed tuned! You can see who else is participating in the A - Z Challenge by visiting the participants lists at www.a-to-zchallenge.com


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Wonersh Street, circa 1915


This is one of my favourite cards of Wonersh. My several times Great Grandfather, John Butcher (1795 - 1877) inherited one of the cottages on the right hand side.

Early on in my career I worked in the next village. I would routinely walk between Bramley and Wonesh, past these cottages on my way to the Grantley Arms for a sandwich and drink. It always felt very "warm and fuzzy" to be walking along the path that John walked, around 150 years previous.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Guildford & Neigbourhood Album Cover by Frank Lasham, Guildford circa 1919


I spotted this lovely old album of views of Guildford and Neighbourhood last year. I was very tempted to purchase but the reality was I already have a copy, but the front cover of the album is pretty tatty. I asked if I could take a picture of the cover so that I could share it here and thankfully the then owner let me. The album itself dates to circa 1919.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

WRAC's Receiving Freedom of Guildford circa 1980's



Although not especially old this scene represents a time when there was a military barracks at Guildford. I recall parades such as these from my childhod.

I grew up in Guildford in the 1970's and 1980's. It was quite common to see the WRAC's at the railway station boarding trains crying because they had been posted to Ireland and of course in this period the situation in Ireland was a fragile one.

Whilst this picture and the story I have shared is not especially it old, it does record a time in the Guildford pictorial history.


Friday, 6 March 2015

High Street from River Bridge Guildford 1911



This is a great view. Initially I could not work out what was missing from the picture, but once I gained a sense of place I could tell immediately.

This is the Bridge that crosses the River Wey and looks up the High Street to the town clock. St Nicholas Church is behind the viewer. This is the time before the road (A281), Debenhams and the underpass. This is before cars, which is why there was no road here.

I love the shop views and the boards on the side of the buildings advertising the various businesses. This is the view that my Grandfather, who was aged 3 at the time this postcard was sent would have seen. My Grandmother had yet to be born.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

The Jolly Farmer, Puttenham circa 1909


A postally used card sent to a family member, complete with ink stains!
Produced by Alfred Challen, Compton

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Guildford from St Catherine's


I have very happy memories of St Catherine's. In the summer holidays my Grandmother and I would walk to St Catherine's. The reward a drink from the spring there, Gran would pack in her bag a small plastic beaker. It had red and white spots and would gently bend down and capture the water being careful to not capture any of the sand. We would have a drink and enjoy a rest on a seat before walking back to home.

I don't know if this is a view I remember, but I am sure that it is one that my Grandmother would have seen many times.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Lords Hill, Shamley Green circa 1909


This was such an unusual postcard that despite being in a slightly worse for ware state, I had to purchase it and ad to the collection.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Country Lane between Wonersh and Shamley Green


Published by the S. & W. Series of postcards circa 1910. This is a view that my ancestors who most certainly have seen as they walked this area. My Great Grandfather, Charles Butcher was born in Wonersh in 1869.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Old Rectory Guest House, Guildford


I own two copies of this picture. One used with the postage stamp of 1915 which is much paler in colour and this one which is not used and has brighter and vibrant colouring.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Guildford Lido circa 1950


A slightly different view of the lido and is the view I pretty much remember from two decades later than the date of this postcard.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Guildford Lido, circa 1930


There was something familiar with this postcard. Recollections of visiting the lido through my childhood and sitting at the tables outside, with the ever so faintly mottled and dotted patten in a pale blue colour.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Across the Roof Tops to St. Mary's


This postcard by Judges (5719) I found quite curious. It seems such a strange view to take and because it is quite unusual I had to purchase it and add it to the collection.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Guildford High Street circa 1929


There is something about this scene that I can resonate with. Not that I was born in 1929!

My Grandmother who was 17 years old at the time would have seen this of the High Street. Yet, there is parts of the picture that I recognise, names of the shops - Timothy White Cash Chemists for example were in the same location when I was growing, of course Timothy White's vanished from our streets long ago and merged into Boots. The clock that sits proudly over the High Street and the Bulls Head, a familiar spot in my senior school days (all perfectly legal!).

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

A Snowy High Street, Guildford



This picture has appeared before on Guildford and District. It is a favourite and a fitting way to say thank you and Happy Christmas to readers and supporters of the blog.

Monday, 15 December 2014