Thursday, 23 February 2017

M25 Coombelands Addlestone

Post to the north Addlestone

Caxton Avenue
The houses at the north end this road date at least from the early 1930s and were adjacent to Coombelands Printers – some houses are described as ‘printers cottages’ and thus this was probably company housing.

Coombelands Lane
Company houses – some houses in the lane were built for employees at The Press at Coombelands in 1926,
Coombelands Farm. The farm was, or is, owned by DEFRA and used in conjunction with the Animal and Plant Health Agency.


Milton Rise
Ongar Place Infant School

Ongar Hill
Holy Family Primary School. This is part of some Brighton and Arundel Catholic ‘multi academy trust’.

Printing works. This was The Press at Coombelands which covered the area now Redwoods and was set up around 1926. It is described as “a two acre mock Tudor facaded printing factory with 41,000 sq ft of space” surrounded by company housing.
(see comment below about ownership of the press)
In 1987 it was taken over by United Newspapers.  Coombelands was eventually bought by Ian Allen the railway enthusiast publisher.  The site was sold for housing in 1998.

The Bourne
Also called Windle Brook and Hale Bourne.

Holy Family Primary School. Web site
Sparticus. Web site. 
Variuous transport enthusiast forums on line.
Wikipedia. Web site


Patricia Kach said...

The Press at Coombelands and Coombelands Estate Ltd. were established in 1926 by my grandfather, Percival F. Jones. The original printing business was founded by his grandfather in Birmingham in 1836 and carried on through to successive generations. He was Chairman and Managing Director of both operation at Coombelands and it was he who developed the original property into a picturesque housing estate with cottages for his workers and the actual printing works. He first entertained this idea of a garden printing village in Birmingham but due to a clashwith the town's planning scheme it was delayed until Addlestone proved a sitable location. After Percival's death in 1929 his son, George continued the business. My grandmother still lived on the property in the 1950s when I visited her.

Perhaps some historian has the Benns and Redwoods mixed up with Coombelands.

M said...

Patricia - thanks very much for that. I think if anyone is mixed up it is Edith. I had a lot of trouble sorting all that out - and clearly got it very wrong. Need to start again! I was very impressed with the size of the works - what sort of print work did your grandfather do?

M said...

Patricia - as a result of your comment I have taken out the stuff about Benn Brothers. However I feel certain that your grandfather must have done work for Benn because the imprint on some Benn publications says that the material was printed at Coombelands.

LZNPDE said...

Patricia, I would love to know more about the history of the the housing estate and printing press in particular. Do you have any photographs from the time?

There are some interesting photographs on the Chertsey Museum's website. It also looks like they hold the original plans for the housing estate.