Tuesday, 7 January 2014

River Ash Shepperton


River Ash
The River Ash flows east and south eastwards

Post to the north Charlton
Post to the east Lower Halliford
Post to the south Desborough Island and Lower Halliford


Fairweather Drive
FerroConcrete. At the rear of the present housing was the works of FerroConcrete (Shepperton) Ltd. The company was wound up in 1962.

Glebelands Road
Once called Backfields Road
Shepperton Recreation Ground. In the 19th this was the area of the Shepperton Ropery.
Scout Hut. 1st Shepperton Scouts

High Street
Library
Village Hall
The Crossroads. This pub has now been demolished. It was once called the Railway Hotel.

Manygate Lane
Span Houses. Villas were built here in the 19th by the Lindsay Estate. The northern end of the road was Villa Road. In 1963 the Lindsay Estate houses were purchased by the Lyon Group and demolished to be replaced by the current modern movement houses in 1964-65 designed by Swiss architect Edward Schoolheifer who had previously worked on airport warehousing.
Thamesmead Secondary Comprehensive School. Opened in 1961

Old Charlton Road
85 The Bell Inn

Station Road.
Shepperton Station. The station was built in 1864. It was originally the terminus of the Thames Valley branch of the South Western Railway and said to be in the middle of a potato field. The original scheme intended that it would extend to a terminus east of Chertsey Bridge but in the Middlesex bank but this plan was abandoned in 1862. The original terminus included cattle sidings and a turntable which was removed in 1942. The station was in yellow brick with round arched windows. The up platform had no footbridge or subway and was hardly used. The line was electrified in 1916 and the station was rebuilt in 1988 including offices for Ian Allen. It had been intended for it to be like its Italianate predecessor and it also had a landscaped forecourt.
Goods yard. Closed
Siding built for building firm and local sand and gravel pit operators, W.J.Lavender in 1931
Terminal House. The Ian Allen HQ which built at the end of the tracks in 1963 and an old Pullman car used as their hospitality suite. This business empire was built originally on train spotting and has grown to encompass publishing, printing, book and model shops, travel, garages, hotels, organics, regalia and property management
Sand and Ballast pit. This was north of the railway in the 1930s with a siding into the railway

Sources
Ian Allen Group. Web site
Jackson. London’s Local Railways
Spelthorne Council. Web site
Walford. Village London
Wikeley. Railway Station Pictures
Shepperton Station. Wikipedia. Web site
Williams. London South Western Railway

1 comment:

Peter said...

Hi Edith

Perhaps the most notable building in Old Charlton Rd is No 36, from 1960 to 2009 the home of J. G. Ballard.