Wednesday, 9 September 2009

The London/Surrey border -North Looe

SQUARE BY SQUARE LOOK AT LONDON
TQ 24 61

The London/Surrey/Sutton boundary goes north west from Banstead at the south western edge of the houses in Higher Drive

Post to the north Howell Hill
Post to the east Banstead Station



Sites on the Surrey Epsom side of the boundary
College Road
Pillbox In the corner of a field at the junction with Reigate Road (A240).An octagonal brick and concrete structure with much of its roof missing, the entrance is on the north-west face. Dilapidated and overgrown, it now appears to be used by sheep.
Pillbox. A typical brick and concrete, octagonal shaped building with the entrance in its north-east face. Situated at the northern side of the railway embankment 160m south-west of the Drift Bridge. A hollow section in the centre of the roof may have been for an observation post or a light anti aircraft gun.
Roadblocks. Sixteen 4ft (1.2m) concrete cubes, near the junction ofA240/A2022 in the undergrowth on the north-east and north-west sides of the Drift Bridge.

North Looe

North Looe Drive

Railway Line
Drift Bridge. Many proposals for a railway station here. In 1989 a single platform was provided. Still called Epsom Downs Station. Single track only with a twee two storey station building provided by the developer – plus some bits of the original station, ie the canopy and supporting posts.
The Drift Bridge railway arch. when built in 1865 was reputedly the largest single span brick railway arch in Surrey, but the materials and detailing are poor and the bridge was very extensively rebuilt in the 20th century; an

Reigate Road
Drift Bridge
Drift Bridge Farm – scaffolding firm
Drift Bridge House
The Looe
Reservoir

SCC Small Holdings Road
Surrey County Council leased plots to World War I veterans to start them off as independent farmers.
SCC Small Holdings Farm North Looe Farm

This material has been compiled over many years and from a wide variety of sources

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