Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Riverside west of the Tower and north of the river. Old Shepperton




Post to the east Desborough Island and Lower Halliford
Post to the south Weybridge Palace and River
Post to the west Shepperton Range

Cemetery Lane
Shepperton New Cemetery

Chertsey Road
Halliford Mere Lakes. This is an old gravel extraction site worked out in the 1950s and turned into a fishing lake in 1986. It has four spring fed lakes. It also has a posh restaurant, specialising in funeral receptions, and wild life areas.
Creek House. 19th House. Has been home to various show bizzy people.  To the rear are lawns going down to the Creek
Mill Eyot. House built around 1850
Little Cottage. 18th house
Millbrook Lodge. Early 19th building originally the stable block to Millbrook House. It was converted in the 1932 by Colonel Smith, and after it was used as a club
Millbrook House. This 18th house is one of the most prominent houses in the village.  Its top storey was removed some time after 1930 but has been restored and the ornamental gardens surrounding it have gone. It is now partially in use by a joinery. In the 19th this was the home of the Governor of the Bank of England.
Castello. This was the Rose and Crown Pub
Winches Cottage. This is a 16th or 17th house once called Ivy Cottages


Church Square
Warren Lodge Hotel. This was originally a private house from around 1700.It may originally have been a fishing lodge with links to Emma Hamilton.  In the garden is a mulberry tree said to have been planted to please, Cardinal Wolsey. The house eventually became a pub and then enlarged into a hotel in the 1960s to serve the nearby film industry
Anchor Hotel. This is said to have once been a coaching inn and that it originated in the 16th as a timber framed building. This was replaced in the 1800s in brick – although some panelling may remain from the original building. Panelling in the Disraeli Room came from the hone of, Benjamin Disraeli.
Erasmus House. This was the rectory. It is a timber framed house from the 15th refronted around 1700 and clad in the front with mathematical tiles. Inside is a hall house said to date from 1498. Neo-Georgian garage in the front garden.
St. Nicholas.  The church has been on site since the 7th century controlled by Chertsey Abbey. A stone church was built here in 12th and was again rebuilt in 1614 following floods. The tower was added, apparently at the suggestion of Queen Anne. The church is in brick with stone and flint rubble. There are six bells in the tower and a clock from 1769. There is an external staircase going to the gallery from 1834 and another going to the Manor House Gallery so the Lord of the Manor didn’t have to sit with his tenants.  Vestries were added in 1934. There are 19th "box pews" and Hanoverian Royal Arms,
King’s Head. Early 19th pub
Sign saying 'Square handed to the people of Shepperton in 1979'

Creek
This stretch of water seems to be called Millbrook Creek and is either an inlet of the Thames or is drainage water from the surrounding flooded and marshy area. There is said to have been a water mill here until the mid 19th – and this implies that there must have been enough flow to drive a mill wheel.

Ferry Lane
This road was built in the 1860s by the parish to access the horse ferry at the lock which had then been given rights to transport passengers
Desborough Sailing club. This has a clubhouse overlooking the river.
Shepperton Open Water Swim. This is a facility for swimming in, presumably, a whole large lake. Also presume the ‘lake’ is another flooded gravel extraction site – on maps from the 19th it appears as marshland and later as an unexplained space.
Nauticalia. This large marine stores took over the Dunton boatyard in 1986.  They began in 1974, as a floating marine antiques shop in a converted rubbish barge. They also began to manufacture replica marine items. They next began to make and sell items of practical marine use.  They now have a chain of stores and an export business,
Ferry – this is now undertaken by Nauticalia and is a service which has been here for 500 years. A ferry is recorded for Shepperton Manor in the 14th downriver between the old centre of Shepperton and what is now Desborough Island. When Shepperton Lock opened in 1813 the lock keeper began a service to ferry the boat horses over the River. Despite complaints from the older ferry this continued for horses only. Eventually it was agreed in the 1860s to allow passengers and a road was built to access it. It then operated until the 1960s. Nauticalia now run a ferry every 15 minutes on request
Dunton Boatyard. This was by the local and ferry from the 1920s and also operated the ferry as well as offering boat hire and a riverside café,


Manor House Court
Manor House built around 1820; said to have been for a James Scott. There is now a 20th entrance. It can only be seen from the river as a large white building surrounded by a fenced lawn. Said to be where George Eliot, wrote Scenes of Clerical Life
Stable block now turned into housing.


Manor Park
Park which hosts Shepperton Cricket Club and annual Shepperton Fair. It is flat naturally well-drained seasonal flood meadow.
Shepperton Cricket Club.
This was founded in 1883 and a Ladies Club founded in 1979. They have signed a lease to remain in Manor Park until 2032 having moved rhere in 1929. The old club house has been replaced by a new pavilion funded by the English Cricket Board It includes a bar and a hall. The club has a junior section with a manager and a coach. There is also an under-8s section, three men's teams and two ladies
War Close. The Park appears to include War Close.This is an area, once a field attached to the manor, with tumuli and other features which have yielded Saxon and other signs of conflict. It apparently includes a Saxon burial site.

Renfree Way
This is part of the A375 and appears to act as a bypass to the older part of Shepperton.  It appears to have been built after 1975.

Towpath
Thames Court Pub. This claims to have been a private residence for the Dutch Ambassador and to still have hand painted Delft tiling and oak panelling In the 50s it was a private members club.
Weir Cottage – this may be the house which is now the pub. The resident, and possibly builder, was William Yates of the Blackburn engineering firm Yates and Thom – but William was more interested in sailing and thus lived in Shepperton.  He was also a collector of curios from round the world.  A later more aristocratic resident appears to have been one of a family actively involved with the British Union of Fascists.

Sources
British Listed Buildings. Web site
Desborough Sailing Club. Web site
Grace’s Guide. Web site
Halliford Mere. Web site
Historic England. Web site
Middlesex Churches
Nauticalia. Web site
Pevsner. Surrey
Shepperton Cricket Club. Facebook page.
Shepperton Open Water Swimming. Web site
Shepperton Village Matters. Web site
Spelthorne Council. Web site
Stevenson. Surrey
Thames Court Pub. Web site
Walford. Village London
Warren Hotels. Web site`



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