Merrow

 This post is not finished it has not been edited or checked



Horseshoe Lane East

Merrow Grange: The house was built in 1868 on a large site to a Jacobean style with various Victorian fixtures including a fine lookout tower. : In 1907 Francis Baring-Gould developed the gardens, the main feature being a large, below ground Fernery with underground tunnel. The builders, Pulham & Co., were well known for their Pulham Rock, which was brick or concrete in natural lumps, coated with cement.   The tunnel was built of this with additions of tufa. Even years on this rock looks very realistic and has not deteriorated. The Fernery is an oval and is sunk with a conservatory style roof over it.   From a bridge across the Fernery stairs lead down to a circular room. The path is made of red tesselae with gratings at either side covering the central heating.  The boiler is in an adjoining chamber. From the Fernery a tunnel runs under a large ornamental plot nearby, formed from the soil of excavation.  It seems to have been formed by cut-and-cover and twists and turns, rises and falls.   It features reflective mica on the surface, niches, stalactites etc.   Merrow Grange became a hotel and the Fernery has been much vandalised,

Merrow Park

Merrow

The name is wholly British and does this then imply that the area was a Celtic enclave in the Dark Ages.

Merrow Common

Timber cottages for agricultural workers designed by Clough Williams Ellis who won a Spectator competition in 1913

The Bourne

Also called Windle Brook and Hale Bourne. It partly defines the area in which Woking lies. 

 


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

South Norwood

River Lea/Bow Creek Canning Town

Bromley by Bow