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Fire trenches and tank traps set up at the bottom in the Second World War.
Pillboxes were built; one in a private front garden
25 Glebe House, probably early eighteenth century
MacAndrew Recreation Ground. Preparations for war included digging trenches
and Public air raid shelters were set up and Emergency water supply tanks,
holding up to 5,000 gallons each,
War memorial. The present site by MacAndrew Recreation Ground became the
home of this white granite ionic cross in 1939 when it was moved from the
junction of High Street and Sherwood Way. The memorial was originally unveiled
in June 1921 by Lieutenant Colonel Vansittart.
Obelisk. small granite and behind the war memorial is dedicated to
Lieutenant Colonel, Sir Henry Arthur Hallam Farnaby Lennard Bart who was born
at Pickhurst Manor, Hayes, in 1859. After taking a commission with Kent
Artillery Militia he became second in command of the 8th Border Regiment and
then commander of the 11th Cheshire Regiment. In June 1924 he made a gift of 36
acres of Spring Park to the residents of West Wickham
The lane historically ran from Wickham Green to Hawes Farm.
Housing – older houses date from 1909-1912 with late 1920s council housing.
Bungalows built as part of a self-help scheme after the Second World War.
In the Second World War Concrete blocks were placed at the junction with
Silver Lane – presumably to stop it being used as a through route.
Glebe School – was previously Spring Park School
Phoenix Youth Centre
Oak Gate Lodge – back near the school entrance
Methodist Church – a Link building from 1980 replaced a church of 1960,
itself replacing a church of 1935.
Pathway across the railway to Pickhurst Rise – there was a stile on this
path until 1936 which prevented walkers from crossing the railway.
The Railway. Was originally the Railway Hotel. Opened 1882 along with the
Old name was Wickham Street, or Commonway to Croydon
Swan Inn, 1840 but really older
Used to be an elm called Stocks Tree
West Wickham House, Caught up in a shopping
parade, at the corner of High Street and Wickham Court Road, mainly of 1870-1
by Norman Shaw, extending a house by W. M. Teukon. Shaw's work is of
considerable historical significance, as
one can see if one raises one's eyes above the shopfronts; for here is the full vocabulary of the Queen Anne
style, red brick, white-framed sash windows, a deep white eaves cove,
pedimented dormers, and the teasing conflict between near symmetry in the
windows and a random placing of massive chimney stacks - several now removed. West Wickham
House on the corner of Wickham Court Road. Norman Shaw house of considerable
Vine Cottage 1760
Bank 1865 which was the village bakery
Greenhayes School was National School 1818
Noviomagus.suggestion tht the Roman settlement was in this area rather than
Layham's Farm. The farm is marked as
‘Leyhams Farm’ on the Ordnance Survey map of 1819, so named from ‘Leyham’ 1289,
probably 'the fallow or unploughed enclosure', from Old English ‘Ege’ and
Wickham Court Lodge
43 Dolly's Garden, Semi-detached house recognisable by small sunken flower
is garden in the front. Dolly Robertson created her garden over 60 yrs ago and
it has been organic ever since. She made raised vegetable beds which she
gardened from her wheelchair until her death in 2004. Her daughter now manages
the garden, 24ft X 70ft, with disabled visitors in mind. It is a loved garden.
Pole Cat Alley
Was Hokey Pokey Alley
800 year old oak