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West Clandon

Station Approach Clandon Station . The Station was opened in 1885 and now lies between Horsley and London Road, Guildford Stations. It has services provided by South Western and by Southern Trains. The Street Summers . This was Summer’s Farm.  It is a 17th house with multiple additions including a music room by Lutyens. There is also a Lutyens designed garden with a timber cloister made out of old cow byre. An adjacent cottage is also by Lutyens. Onslow Arms . Long established village pub named after the local gentry Telephone Exchange . Dates from the 1970s and replaced the dark wooden hut adjacent to it, It also serves East Clandon, Ockham, Ripley and Send. Telephone box – traditional box, likely to be removed Cuckoo Farmhouse . Possibly a 16th hall house British Legion Recreation ground , Cecil Ince Hall. This has club facilities and a sports ground, Sources British Listed Buildings. Web site. Guildford Borough Council. Web site Onslow Arms. Web site Penguin. Surrey


Charleywood Common The Common consists of about 200 acres and is an important wildlife site.  It has grass and heath land with ponds and woodland. Cattle grazed here until the Great War, and now do again,  and wildlife and heath land has increased since.. There are squirrels, rabbits, foxes, hedgehogs, voles, mice and muntjac.   It is managed by the Parish Council. There is a horse track and horses are not allowed other than on it. Chorleywood Golf Club.   This has a a nine-hole course on the Common.  T he club was founded in 1890 and it is the oldest club in Hertfordshire. At the start club members included Londoners who arrived here on the newly completed Metropolitan Line. The original course had 2 holes across the railway so in 1922 the course was reduced to 9 holes, with help from course architect James Braid. Play was not permitted on Sundays until 1926. In the Great War, the Common was used for practice by the Bombing School and later 150 live grenades were cleared from the

Chiswick - Turnham Green and Acton Green

Post to the south Chiswick Grove Park Post to the east Chiswick Riverside to Bedford Park Post to the west Gunnersbury Acton Green This is all that remains of a traditional common and is now a simple area of open land. It continues between the railway line to the south and South Parade to the north between Acton Lane and Turnham Green.  It is in the London Borough of Ealing and is laid out as a park with perimeter planting, cross-walks and some mature trees as well as a children’s playground. The path through the centre is said to have been part of a Roman military road  In 1642 it was the part of the site of a Civil War battle when the Royalists under Prince Rupert overcame the Parliamentarian army under Lord Essex. A path runs along the north side of the railway which is reinforced with a substantial concrete wall Acton Lane Acton Lane was originally called Bromcroft Lane Boundary marker . There is/was a parish boundary marker at the junction with Chiswick High Road. Bou

Chiswick Grove Park

Post to the west Strand on the Green Post to the south Chiswick Duke's Meadow Post to the east Old Chiswick Post to the north Chiswick Turnham Green and Acton Green Bolton Road St.Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church. In 1944 Bolton Cottage here was bought by the Catholics and the church was built next door in 1964 designed by Dr. Plaskett Marshall. Presbytery. This was converted from an existing house in 1958. Burlington Lane Named for the Earl of Burlington who bought Chiswick House in the late 17th.  It was the main route to Strand on the Green from Old Chiswick. Chiswick Station . This lies between Kew Bridge and Barnes Bridge Stations on South Western Trains. It lay on the  branch line of the London and South Western Railway Company’s line from Windsor to Waterloo and opened in 1849 on the Windsor, Staines and South Western Railway and was built on land and was a a requirement of the 1847 enabling Act.  The Station House was by William Tite like a classical villa. It


Post to the east skirting Cane Hill Court Hill Gated road! Great Soloms Wood Holly Lane Car Park . This serves the Banstead Woods Nature Reserve and an interpretation centre is included at the start of nature trails. There is also a Narnia trail here with a wardrobe to walk though. Outwood Lane. Chipstead Valley Bourne . A bourne is an inrermittent stream, this one flowed down the lane and continued past the Woodmansterne water treatment works, though the wells there are not directly related. Sutton and East Surrey Water Works  Pump House., Pumping Station with a neo-Georgian Pumphouse built in 1907 for two gas engines by Sutton District Water Co. It is now being considerably upgraded – this is a large site with a much equipment for the extraction and treatment of fresh water Library – this stood on the corner with Court Hill but was demolished in 1996. Solom’s Court  Road Another gated road Soloms Court House built in 1906 by Guy Dawber in free Tudor style. It is n

Chessington North and Hook

Post to the west Hook Post to the south Chessington Post to the north Tolworth Bridge Road Chessington North Station .. This was opened in  1939 and lies between Chessington South and Tolworth on South Western Trains.  It is on the last line built by the Southern Railway.  It was first called ‘Chessington Court’ but the name changed two years later.  It is designed in’cinema’ style by  James Robb Scott and like other stations on this line used concrete extensively. , On the platform is 200 ft long Chisarc cantilevered concrete canopy with porthole glass and a mix of coloured fluorescent lighting tubes.  From the start at street level there was a car park, toilets, parcels office and lock up shops and a separate parcels ramp. Signs were erected on the  platforms saying  'Next Station For The Zoo' - later amended to 'World of Adventures' - to make sure people got off at the right station. Railway bridge .  Concrete bridge built in the late 1930s continuous in desi


Abingdon Way Houses on the site of Orpington Secondary Modern School. Some trees in the area were planted at the opening of the school Charterhouse Road Orpington Secondary Modern for Boys . Later it was Charterhouse Secondary School. It dated from 1936 and was Orpington’s first secondary school.  It was demolished in 1987 and replaced with Abingdon Way and its tributary streets. Charterhouse playground. Park and children;s play area Christ Church. The church dates from 1939 designed by W. A. Pite Son & Fairweather. On the front wall a mosaic of the Tree of Life was installed for the 75th anniversary of its foundation. Crown Close Coal tax post . This is south west and alongside of the railway by the rear fence of No15, this is not easily viewable. Edgewood Drive Foxbury Wood and Glentrammon Recreation Ground , This area, pre development, was in Chelsfield Parish as Upper Beeches and Lower Beeches or Upper Ash Field and Lower Ash Field. The land belonged to Glentrammon


Post to the west Nonsuch The London/Surrey/Sutton boundary goes round the edge of the playing field and to the end of Peaches Close. It then turns north west up the east side of another playing field Anne Boleyn’s Walk St.Dunstan’s Church of England Primary School. In 1826 the parish church it founded a school in Malden Road for local children. In 1863 an infants' school was also opened in a cottage on the present Nonsuch High School site. In 1869 the infants moved to the Parochial Rooms.  They were joined by the girls and the school was called the Cheam and Cuddington Girls’ and Infants’ School while the Malden Road School was Cheam Junior Boys' School. In 1907 the girls and infants moved to a new building in Jubilee Road and were joined by boys under eleven. It was called St Dunstan's School from the 1950s. In 1989 it amalgamated with Cheam Junior Boys in and construction of a new building began in was 1991 and occupied in 1993. Dairy Crest Depot. This has now bee

Camden Railway Goods Yard

Post to the south Post to the south north east quarter square Camden Town Post to the east  South West Quarter square  Camden Road South East quarter Square  Camden Town Post to the north Gospel Oak , Gospel Oak  and Kentish Town This posting covers only the southwest quarter of the square The south east corner is  Camden Market The north west corner is  Kentish Town West Adelaide Road 1 The Adelaide . This dated from 1842 and named for Queen Adelaide. It was rebuilt after a fire in 1985 and is now flats.  The area in front of the pub was once in use as a bus terminus. Chalk Farm Underground Station.   This opened in 1907 and lies between Belsize Park and Camden Town Stations on the Northern Line.  It was originally on the Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway which was taken over by Yerkes. It is the shallowest station on the Northern Line at 42' below ground and thus has the shortest lift shaft on the underground. It was designed by Leslie Green with rows o