Sunday, 25 September 2016

Riverside west of the Tower and north of the river. Sunbury riverside

Anvil Road
This was previously called Cemetery Road. Anvil Road appears to have been laid out in the 1970s on land used as a caravan site and associated areas. Housing is planned for the site.
Sunbury Old Cemetery. This was apparently opened in 1855 by public subscription and was followed by the closure of the Churchyard as a burial ground.

Church Street
Old Vicarage. 18th house – of which some part might date from the reconstruction of the building in the late 17th. This building was sold in the 1920s and a new vicarage built elsewhere,
St.Mary’s Church. The parish church was built in 1752 to replace a medieval church on the same site which was demolished partly because it was too small for the population. The new brick building was funded by subscriptions from parishioners and was designed by Stephen Wright, as a plain brick building With a  square tower, the upper part of which remains, the roof surmounted by a large octagonal cupola. In 1857 when the church again was thought to be too small S. S. Teulon added a new chancel was built, with a south chapel, plus Extensions and staircases to new galleries. A great deal of decoration with multicoloured brick and filled stone tracery was added. The Gothic porch was added which has since been removed and there were other changes in 1972 following a period of disuse. The bells originate with three bells cast in 1755 at the Whitechapel Foundry. They have been renovated and added to since.
Churchyard. This was in use until 1876 when the Old Cemetery was opened. A yew tree is believed to have been planted in 1752.
Brewery – in the late 19th this stood between Church Villa and the Church.
Holly Close, This appears to be on the site of Church Villas. Sunbury Urban District Council was formed in 1894 and by 1895 had leased Church Villa and used it as offices until 1930.havimg bought it outright in 1929.  It was then used as a fire station until the 1960s.
Fire station. This was built before 1934 and there was a new larger station at rear of same plot by 1958.   This was built before the Greater London Council took over from Middlesex Fire Brigade in 1965

Croysdale Avenue
The Hazelwood Centre is built on the site of the demolished Hazelwood Golf Club. It is now the administration and training base of the London Irish Professional Club and is also the base of the London Irish Amateur Club. It is four times the size of the clubs previous training facility with 17 pitches, five full-size pitches, one of which is an artificial 4G surface, and 12 junior pitches. There is a clubhouse which includes elite equipment required for a professional rugby team.
Hazelwood Golf Centre. This was a 9 hole, private, parkland golf course designed by J. Gaunt.  There was also a floodlit driving range with full clubhouse facilities including bar/restaurant and a function room for hire and a shop.

Fordbridge Road
Sunbury House. This faced the river from the north side of the road. It is thought to have been built in 1712 for Sir Roger Hudson and designed by Thomas Fort. It was of three stories connected by curved passages to pavilions at each end. It was demolished before 1912.

Forge Lane
Once called Cemetery Lane
Page Aerospace Works. This was part of UTC Aerospace Systems, a suppliers of aerospace and defence products. This site appears to have closed in early 2015
Sunbury Gas Works. This works had no rail or water connection. It opened around 1861 as Sunbury Gas Consumers Co. Which eventually became a statutory company in 1887. It was taken over by the Brentford Gas Co. in 1915 when it has an annual output of 36 million cubic feet of gas.  There were two gasholders on site which were latterly filled from the district mains at night. They were still extant in the 1960s, although one may have been replaced in this period, by which time the works was part of North Thames Gas.

Green Street
80 Hawke House, This is an 18th house commissioned by Lord Admiral Hawke , First Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty and Rear Admiral of Great Britain." ,and where he lived in retirement. Its wings have been converted into Berwick House and Portland House. The block was built in 1703 and probably replaced an earlier house. During the Second World War it was used as the local food office and then became the local headquarters of the Women's Voluntary Service, and later a guest house. In the 1970s it became offices a new northern wing was built. In 2006 it was converted into three houses.
Conservative Club. This dates from the early 20th. It has a low-rise single-storey club budding fir snooker tournaments, separate meeting areas as well as a large bar. It has no links to the Conservative party
81 Admiral Hawke pub. This was set up in 1862 as the Railway Arms. It was renamed the Admiral Hawke Tavern in 1965.
35 Three Fishes. This pub was established by 1665. It is a Timber framed building with a weatherboard gable end.
Parish Hall. This has over the door “1892 In Memoriam 1899”. It is not clear what this refers to but records for maintenance of ‘Parish Rooms’ start in 1899.

Green Way
Was Gravel Pit lane
Sunbury Cemetery. This is Sunbury New Cemetery which dates from 1900. There are 36 war graves noted.

School Walk
School. At some time before 1700 where had been donations for the education of poor children of the parish. In 1818 the Free or Charity School appears to have been financed from this fund. From 1815 it was a National School and in 1826 a new National school was built on glebe land in School Walk taking both boys and girls. By 1847 there was also an infants' school.  It became known as St. Mary's or Lower Sunbury School and was transferred to the county council in 1919 and closed in 1924. Before the 1950s the buildings were sold the Scouts and Guide Associations.
Scouts hall – used by 1st Sunbury Scouts Group
School House. This is now a care home.

Sunbury Park
Sunbury Park house. A Tudor Manor House was built here for am Elizabethan courtier and there is an illustration of this from 1714. In 1851 the Arden family built a large house, which was demolished in 1946.  Some of the house can be seen in the wild garden to the west of the car park. In 1975 Surrey County Council bought the site and it was later leased to Spelthorne Council.
The Walled Garden. This was built in the early 18th and has recently been restored by Spelthorne Council.
The Lendy Memorial is in the centre of the walled garden. It is a re-creation of structure - the original lion on a new plinth - which stood on the riverside here but which was destroyed during the Second World War. It commemorates the lives of the two sons of the French-born Major Auguste Frederic Lendy a royalist who settled here and ran a "Practical Military College"
Sunbury Millennium Embroidery Gallery, this houses the Millennium Embroidery which was completed in 2000. There is a cafe n the gallery building, which is designed to look like a boat

Thames Street
This was once called Sunbury Street.
69 The White Horse. 19th brick corner pub with emphasis given to the corner chimney feature. The pub is first mentioned in 1729 and claimed to be the oldest established alehouse in Sunbury - if you exclude inns like the Three Fishes. There is a Courage gold cockerel mounted above the hanging sign
The Phoenix. Pub established by 1846. Stoner Cottage is to the  right. There are four first floor windows two of which are fake with painted bars. It is suggested that an earlier alehouse here, the pub Incorporated Stoner Cottage by 1935 and you can see the two premises visible in the cellars and steps from the cellar of Stoner Cottage emerge in the bar.
64 Magpie Hotel. This pub was established before 1729 and was rebuilt in 1880
Flower Pot Hotel. 19th pub with a porch. Inside is a parliamentary clock. The building is said to date from before 1714..
Lendy Place. New gated development built on the site of the Metropolitan Police Cadet Training Centre. This was on the site of Montford House.
Sunbury Nursing Home, this was opened by Marian Blarney in 1932 as West Lodge Nursing Home and also included Weir Lodge and Montford House. The home was later run by her grandsons and they built Marian House in 1962. Hayward Hall was also built in 1991 as staff accommodation and names after one of the employees. It continues to be run by Marian’s great grandchildren.
Weir House. This is part of Sunbury Nursing Homes. It has been modernised for the needs of a nursing home but many original features have been retained – rooms have been used for filming and are available to hire. The Nursing Home was opened by Marian Blarney in 1932 as West Lodge Nursing Home. Weir House was bought in 1941

The Avenue
This runs along an old track which was the boundary between Sunbury and Kempton.

British History Online. Sunbury. Web site
British Listed Buildings. Web site
Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Web site
Firestations. Web site
London Irish Rugby Club. Web site
London Metropolitan Archive. Web site.
Middlesex Churches
Pevsner. Surrey
Pub History. Web site
Spelthorne Council. Web site
Stevenson. Surrey
Stewart. Gas works of the North Thames Area
St.Mary’s Church. Web site
Sunbury Conservative Club. Web site
UTC Web site

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Riverside west of the Tower and north of the river. Walton Bridge Road

This post covers sites to the north of the river only. South of the river is Walton Bridge

Posts to the west Desborough Island and Lower Halliford
Post to the north Lower Halliford

Bishop Duppa’s Park
Bishop Duppa’s Bowling Club Green and Clubhouse
Pavilion – this is in use by Jollies Nursery

Felix Lane
This is thought to be the remains of a medieval road going to Walton Ferry. It is in a zone liable to flood.
Shepperton Marina. This is a family business set up in the 1980s on an old gravel extraction site.

Penny Lane
This is an area of plotland developments. A number of lanes go down to the riverside through sites. On the corner of the northernmost bend a site, is called St. George’s Field, with a building called St.George’s and two ‘open barn like’ buildings adjacent.
Training Ship Black Swan, Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets. S Black Swan dates back to 1943 and now had a ship’s company and junior section.  The unit has three Rowing Trinity 500's, several power vessels including a Viking, Dories, Champ, Whaly and much else. It is based on the riverside at the eastern end of Penny Lane.
Marina Cut Bridge

River Ash Estate
River Ash Estate. The estate is bisected by the boundary between Elmbridge Borough Council and Spelthorne Borough Councils. The boundary appears to follow a historic route largely mirroring the alignment of a backwater of the River Thames. This means that although it is north of the river it is part of Walton on Thames. This may be another plotland development.
Menagerie – a Captain Sarll had a private menagerie here in the 1930s. In 1933 he was convicted of animal cruelty and neglect when animals were found dead. He is said to have sometimes lived in a caravan on site.

Walton Yacht and Launch Works. This was founded by C.W.Burnard – presumably in the 1930s. Numerous boats were built there many of which are now preserved historic vessels – like Nyula and Hilfranor. They had two big building sheds and slipways so that there were always at least two big launches under construction. In 1940 they were building craft which included 60-foot motor torpedo boats, 55-foot air sea rescue launches and 45-foot admiralty launches right down to 30-foot police boats.”

Swan Walk
This is a ‘private’ gated road. It appears to be on the site of the Walton Yacht and Launch works.

Thames Meadow
Another ‘private’ road going down to riverside housing, on a possible plotland development,

Walton Bridge Road
Coal post. This was south east of the river on the north east side of the old bridge. Not clear where it is now.

Walton Lane
Bagster House Institute and Club, This was set up in 1946 in Shepperton High Street. In 1982 a new Bagster House Club was built here. The policy was to be a family club.

Windmill Green
This is named for a windmill built in Halliford manor in 1381 or 1382 and existed for at least 20 years

Bishop Duppa’s Bowling Club. Web site
Jollies Nursery. Web site
Mort’s Riverwatch. Web site
Perth Daily News 1933
Spelthorne Council. Web site
Surrey County Council. Web site

Friday, 23 September 2016

Riverside west of the Tower, north bank. Lower Halliford

This posting shows only sites to the south of the river. North of the river is Desborough Island

Post to the west is Old Shepperton
Post to the north Shepperton
Post to the east is Walton Bridge Road and Walton Bridge

Las Palmas Estate
This is a ‘private’ area of countryside and riverside houses. This is said to be low rise chalet-style known as Las Palmas Estate, named after the land said to have once belonged to the Spanish Ambassador.

Russell Road
This is the old main road from London into Shepperton
Lower Halliford Green is a grassy area which at one included a cattle pond. It was excluded from the enclosure of 1842 and 1862 as common land. The open space extends into Bishop Duppa's Park.
The Old Manor House. House from the 18th with 19th extensions. The brick front is colour washed stucco. It is thought that this stands of the site of the late 13th manorial buildings which were rebuilt in 1375-6.  It was divided into three dwellings in 1981. In the 16th and 17th Halliford Manor was held by the Crown
Battlecrease Hall. 18th house with 19th front in red and brown brick refronted in yellow brick. It has a brick front wall and railings and a central gate with a scrolled decoration. It fronts the north side of Lower Halliford Green and was once the home of the writer Rider Haggard. There is a mulberry tree in the garden said to be 17th. There are various stories about Cavaliers imprisoned in the cellars during the Civil War and it is also said to be yet another home for Emma Hamilton.  Rider Haggard, the writer, really did own the house buying it for his sisters.  In the interwar years this was a care hone for the rich and was then home to the Commander-in-Chief at the RAF. In the early 1980s, Walter Hayes the former Vice-President of Ford and later Chairman of Aston Martin lived here.
Duppas Farm, This was a dairy farm.
River Farm Hotel. This was on the corner of Manygate Lane in the 1960s. The site is now flats.
Red Lion. The oldest part of the pub lies back from the road and is the ‘Snug’. This was the building occupied by licensee, Robert Reed, in the late 1720s. After the arrival of the railway in 1864 riverside pubs were very busy and here the Shepperton & Halliford Regatta took place in front of the pub largely because of the influence of the landlord. In the 1950s the pub took over Eyot Cottage, which was used by the Rosewell/Rixon boating business, which let out boats and operated a ferry.
Ship Hotel. Demolished. Also called Harrison’s Hotel. It dates probably from the 1720s and had been rebuilt in 1937
Halliford School. This is a selective private school for boys, which admits girls into its sixth form. The building facing the road is a late 18th house Saud to be yet somewhere else that Nelson’s Emma lived. There are a number of additions at the back
Riverbend House. House dated 1793 with 19th and 20th windows.
Clonskeagh. Early 18th house which was refronted in stucco in the early 19th
Vine Cottage. This was home to George Meredith for a while
Thamesfield House.  This is an 18th brick house and adjoining are the stable block and coach houses, now also converted to housing.
Crown Hotel. This pub was established before 1727 in Chertsey Road. It was rebuilt here in 1866, possibly following a fire. It closed in the late-1980s and is now an Indian restaurant.
Dawson Hall. 1st Shepperton girl guiding

Sandhills Meadow
This is in an area frequently flooded. There is some riverside housing, some of which may have been plotland developments.
Thames Boat House. Walton Marine. Boat sales, etc.
Gibbs Boatyard and Chandlery

Thames Meadow
Riverside housing, prone to flooding

Walton Lane
This was originally called Windmill Lane
Poet’s Cottage. Named after the poet Shelley who it is said once lived there.
Peacock House and Elmbank, two early 19th houses joined by a corridor and now divided again. The poet and novelist Thomas Love Peacock apparently lived at Elmbank from 1832 to 1866.
Dunally House and Dunally Lodge together formed a single late 18th stuccoed dwelling, later extended and divided. This was named after a local landowner and Dunally House was known as the manor for a period from 1832.
Walton Lane Farm
Bishop Duppa's Recreation Ground. This was previously part of Lower Halliford Common and partly owned by the Old Manor House. Brian Duppa was the Bishop of Winchester, in the early 17th owned the waterside meadows adjoining to the south. The park is largely a sports area laid out with football pitches and other sporting areas.

British History Online. Spelthorne. Web site
British Listed Buildings. Web site
English Heritage. Web site
Pub History.  Web site
Spelthorne Council. Web site
Village Matters. Web site
Wikipedia. Shepperton. Web site

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Riverside west of the Tower and north of the river. Old Shepperton

Post to the east Desborough Island and Lower Halliford
Post to the south Weybridge Palace and River
Post to the west Shepperton Range

Cemetery Lane
Shepperton New Cemetery

Chertsey Road
Halliford Mere Lakes. This is an old gravel extraction site worked out in the 1950s and turned into a fishing lake in 1986. It has four spring fed lakes. It also has a posh restaurant, specialising in funeral receptions, and wild life areas.
Creek House. 19th House. Has been home to various show bizzy people.  To the rear are lawns going down to the Creek
Mill Eyot. House built around 1850
Little Cottage. 18th house
Millbrook Lodge. Early 19th building originally the stable block to Millbrook House. It was converted in the 1932 by Colonel Smith, and after it was used as a club
Millbrook House. This 18th house is one of the most prominent houses in the village.  Its top storey was removed some time after 1930 but has been restored and the ornamental gardens surrounding it have gone. It is now partially in use by a joinery. In the 19th this was the home of the Governor of the Bank of England.
Castello. This was the Rose and Crown Pub
Winches Cottage. This is a 16th or 17th house once called Ivy Cottages

Church Square
Warren Lodge Hotel. This was originally a private house from around 1700.It may originally have been a fishing lodge with links to Emma Hamilton.  In the garden is a mulberry tree said to have been planted to please, Cardinal Wolsey. The house eventually became a pub and then enlarged into a hotel in the 1960s to serve the nearby film industry
Anchor Hotel. This is said to have once been a coaching inn and that it originated in the 16th as a timber framed building. This was replaced in the 1800s in brick – although some panelling may remain from the original building. Panelling in the Disraeli Room came from the hone of, Benjamin Disraeli.
Erasmus House. This was the rectory. It is a timber framed house from the 15th refronted around 1700 and clad in the front with mathematical tiles. Inside is a hall house said to date from 1498. Neo-Georgian garage in the front garden.
St. Nicholas.  The church has been on site since the 7th century controlled by Chertsey Abbey. A stone church was built here in 12th and was again rebuilt in 1614 following floods. The tower was added, apparently at the suggestion of Queen Anne. The church is in brick with stone and flint rubble. There are six bells in the tower and a clock from 1769. There is an external staircase going to the gallery from 1834 and another going to the Manor House Gallery so the Lord of the Manor didn’t have to sit with his tenants.  Vestries were added in 1934. There are 19th "box pews" and Hanoverian Royal Arms,
King’s Head. Early 19th pub
Sign saying 'Square handed to the people of Shepperton in 1979'

This stretch of water seems to be called Millbrook Creek and is either an inlet of the Thames or is drainage water from the surrounding flooded and marshy area. There is said to have been a water mill here until the mid 19th – and this implies that there must have been enough flow to drive a mill wheel.

Ferry Lane
This road was built in the 1860s by the parish to access the horse ferry at the lock which had then been given rights to transport passengers
Desborough Sailing club. This has a clubhouse overlooking the river.
Shepperton Open Water Swim. This is a facility for swimming in, presumably, a whole large lake. Also presume the ‘lake’ is another flooded gravel extraction site – on maps from the 19th it appears as marshland and later as an unexplained space.
Nauticalia. This large marine stores took over the Dunton boatyard in 1986.  They began in 1974, as a floating marine antiques shop in a converted rubbish barge. They also began to manufacture replica marine items. They next began to make and sell items of practical marine use.  They now have a chain of stores and an export business,
Ferry – this is now undertaken by Nauticalia and is a service which has been here for 500 years. A ferry is recorded for Shepperton Manor in the 14th downriver between the old centre of Shepperton and what is now Desborough Island. When Shepperton Lock opened in 1813 the lock keeper began a service to ferry the boat horses over the River. Despite complaints from the older ferry this continued for horses only. Eventually it was agreed in the 1860s to allow passengers and a road was built to access it. It then operated until the 1960s. Nauticalia now run a ferry every 15 minutes on request
Dunton Boatyard. This was by the local and ferry from the 1920s and also operated the ferry as well as offering boat hire and a riverside café,

Manor House Court
Manor House built around 1820; said to have been for a James Scott. There is now a 20th entrance. It can only be seen from the river as a large white building surrounded by a fenced lawn. Said to be where George Eliot, wrote Scenes of Clerical Life
Stable block now turned into housing.

Manor Park
Park which hosts Shepperton Cricket Club and annual Shepperton Fair. It is flat naturally well-drained seasonal flood meadow.
Shepperton Cricket Club.  This was founded in 1883 and a Ladies Club founded in 1979. They have signed a lease to remain in Manor Park until 2032, having moved there in the 1929. The old club house has been replaced by a new pavilion funded by the English Cricket Board. It includes a bar and a hall. The club has a junior section with a Manager and coach. There is also an under-8s section, three men’s teams and two ladies.
War Close. The Park appears to include War Close.This is an area, once a field attached to the manor, with tumuli and other features which have yielded Saxon and other signs of conflict. It apparently includes a Saxon burial site.

Renfree Way
This is part of the A375 and appears to act as a bypass to the older part of Shepperton.  It appears to have been built after 1975.

Thames Court Pub. This claims to have been a private residence for the Dutch Ambassador and to still have hand painted Delft tiling and oak panelling In the 50s it was a private members club.
Weir Cottage – this may be the house which is now the pub. The resident, and possibly builder, was William Yates of the Blackburn engineering firm Yates and Thom – but William was more interested in sailing and thus lived in Shepperton.  He was also a collector of curios from round the world.  A later more aristocratic resident appears to have been one of a family actively involved with the British Union of Fascists.

British Listed Buildings. Web site
Desborough Sailing Club. Web site
Grace’s Guide. Web site
Halliford Mere. Web site
Historic England. Web site
Middlesex Churches
Nauticalia. Web site
Pevsner. Surrey
Shepperton Cricket Club. Facebook page.
Shepperton Open Water Swimming. Web site
Shepperton Village Matters. Web site
Spelthorne Council. Web site
Stevenson. Surrey
Thames Court Pub. Web site
Walford. Village London
Warren Hotels. Web site`