Epsom

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East Street

144 King's Arms

New Post Office Exchange, replaced the Station Road exchange on 20 July 1932 and the system reverted to manual operation on that date. It was restored to automatic working in October 1965 and is still in use.

Epsom Waterworks. Established in 1853 on its present site in East Street.

Epsom Gas Co. was opened in 1839, with Epsom racecourse being among the earliest customers. The works was situated on the site now occupied by the SEGAS distribution station. In 1877 the name was changed to Epsom and Ewell Gas Company Demand grew so that by 1912 there were three gasholders on the site. In 191 3 the organisation passed to the Wandsworth Company and the last retort house was built in 1925. Although retained on a stand-by basis, the works ceased as a production unit in 1933

Almshouses.  Built by local developer John Livingstone in 1703 for poor widows. Rebuilt on the same site in 1886

Hawthorne Place

Cottage Hospital moved here in 1877

Infants School built 1893. destroyed in Second World War bombing

Hessle Grove

County School for Boys opened here in 1938 on a field bought as a playing field. 

Kiln Lane.

Stone and Cos. Pottery .The Company occupied a number of clay extraction and manufacturing sites between Epsom Road and the LSWR line, and between East Street and the LB&SCR line. Sidings ran into the sites from both lines. Owned by Stone & Co, the works commenced operations in about 1830 and manufactured bricks and other earthenware products in large quantities, serving local builders and those of the tide of housing estates encroaching on the Borough in the expansion of Greater London. The brickworks finally closed in 1938. Used in part during and after the Second World War as allotment gardens, and post war as a Civil Defence training area, the Kiln Lane site has since been developed as an industrial and commercial zone with some housing. The other sites are also covered by housing developments of various periods.

Windmill Avenue

A windmill existed near the boundary between the parishes of Epsom and Ewell as can be seen from the names given to local roads -Windmill Avenue Mill Road -and Windmill Bridge. The precise date of its construction is unknown but records indicate that the site was bought in about 1745. Two are known to have existed.  Operations ceased in 1883 and the mill became derelict by 1895. Thoughts of restoring it were abandoned on grounds of cost, and it was demolished about 1900.

 


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