Saturday, 17 September 2016

Riverside, north of the river and west of the Tower. Chertsey Bridge north


This post covers sites north of the river only.  South of the river is Chertsey Bridge

Post to the north Laleham Littleton Lane Quarry and Chertsey Abbey Chase
Post to the east Chertsey Meads and Shepperton Range



Chertsey Bridge Road
Coal tax post. This is sited at the south end of the bridge on the downstream side
Dumsey Meadow Recreation Ground. This is a small area of open unimproved Thameside meadow lying in a bend of the River Thames – and the only such piece unfenced by the river remaining below Caversham. It is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is home to some rare plants and insects. Historically the name is noted as "Dumsea Bushes", "Dumsea Corner" and "Dumsea Deep" which may refer to a clump of willows. It is grazed by cattle and ponies and is used by anglers and wild swimmers.
The Kingfisher. This pub was once known as The Lock, and also as The Lock Haven. It dates from 1999 and is an entirely modern building


Old Littleton Lane
Old Littleton Lane is the old alignment of Littleton Lane, which was truncated when the M3 was built
Littleton Lane Traveller site owned by Surrey County Council and has ten permanent pitches for gypsy and traveller families
Lake – flooded gravel pit. This fringed by grazing land on which the residents of the traveller site keep horses. It is designated a local Site of Nature Conservation Importance.


Thames Side
Chertsey Lock Keepers Cottage.  This was built in 1812 when the lock was constructed.  It may have also functioned as a tollhouse, collecting a levy from boats transporting goods along the river. Because of problems with disability access in 1982 a new house for the lock keeper was built alongside. The old building was then sold
Coal tax post. East side of Thames side
Coal tax post. East side of the road outside 242
Abbeyfields Park. Small estate of park – ‘mobile’ homes.

Sources
Chertsey Society. Web site
Coal tax posts. Web site
Kingfisher. Web site
Pub history. Web site
Spelthorne Council. Web site
Surrey County Council. Web site
Wikipedia. As appropriate

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