Tuesday, 28 February 2017

M25 Allmners Chertsey




Post to the east Chertsey Station
Post to the north St. Ann's Hill

Almners Road
This is shown as ‘Alm’ners’ on older maps which probably indicate it was the property of the Almoner of Chertsey Abbey.
Alm’ners Barns Farm. In the 15th this farm was in the hands of the Wapshott family who claimed it had been granted to their ancestor by King Alfred.
Almner Priory. This building is said to have been given to Reginald Wapshott by King Alfred- it was then a wattle and daub house on the same site. Wapshott was his warrener. It was later Chertsey Abbey and became the home of the Almoner and sixteen monks. The entrance hall was erected in 1427, and the in the monks’ dormitory is a ‘king post’, one of the main supports of the house. A priest’s hole was found during the early 19th century. The remaining parts of the house are around 200 years old. The rest of the house is 18th. Recently it has been the headquarters of a computer firm and is now the Rainbow Day Nursery.
North and South Lodges. Entrance lodges with railings and gates. They were built in the early 19th and are there is one on each corner
Columbarium Tower. This is probably 17th or 18th. . It is a tall red brick dovecote with a pyramidal roof.
Walnut Tree Farm Caravan site. There are at least two sites here – it is unclear whether they are for touring holiday caravans or traveller sites.
Thames Water Pumping station. This is adjacent to the railway bridge. The area is subject to flooding, and a watercourse in the area has been severed by the M25

Hardwick Road
Great Cockrow Railway. This began in 1946 at John Samuel’s garden in Walton-on-Thames. When he died in 1962 the line’s future was doubtful but publisher Ian Allan enabled a move to this site, a former piggery. Because of the boggy and uneven nature of the site the first section did not open until 1968. There were extensions in following years including a long loop in 2000. Signals and points are now electrically-controlled from three signal boxes. There is a fully-equipped workshop and a new station building completed. There is also a fleet of between 25 and 30 steam locomotives and an increasing number of diesel and electric locomotives

M25

Watery Lane
This runs between the motorway and a stream. It continues into Chertsey where it joins the Bourne.
Silver Birch Caravan site

Sources
Chertsey Museum. Web site
Great Cockrow Railway. Web site
Pastscape. Web site
Wheeler. Chertsey Abbey

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