Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Thames Tributary Hogsmill - West Ewell

Thames Tributary Hogsmill
The Hogsmill continues to flow north and west to the Thames
The Horton stream flows north towards the Hogsmill


Post to the north Hogsmill and Bonesgate
Post to the west Castle Hill
Post to the east Ewell

Chessington Close
Playing field. The Horton stream runs across it flowing north
The Horton Stream runs parallel to it



Chessington Road
This was once known as Marsh Lane because it ran to Ewell Marsh
The Horton Stream passes under the road flowing north towards the Hogsmill. West Ewell Social Club was originally a Mission Room. It has a rounded front to the road.

Church Road
All Saints Church. Built in the 1890s lack of money meant the building was smaller than intended and it was enlarged in 1975.
Church Hall. Known as the Webber Hall it was built following fund raising by the congregation. The previous hall was an old army hut from 1919 which had been taken as a British Restaurant in the Second World War and later became part of a school
Vicarage. Built in 1968 on land known as Church Meadow.
War Memorial. In 1917 a shrine was put up in 1917 to which names were added as men were lost. It was moved in 1975.

Crosslands
Once called Bridge Road, said to have been after a local family of landowners.

Danetree Road
Danetree school was built as the Ewell County Secondary School, becoming Danetree County Middle School by 1975. It now has secondary and primary schools on site.

Hogsmill Open Space.
The river was straightened in the 1950's,
Stepping stones.
Packhorse bridge. This is said to have carry a road to Kingston from Ewell. It is steeply humped in 18th but isolated in a plantation. It crossed the Ewell Court Stream, tributary of the Hogsmill River.
An area for swimming was at one time built into the riverbank by the owners of Ewell Court house
A cattle crossing on the river in the Crosslands area

Hook Road
The Horton Light Railway was originally a contractor’s railway built in 1904 by Forster and Dicksee to build Long Grove Asylum. It ran parallel to the road as far as Hook Road entering the complex near the junction with Horton Road. In 1905 a lady was killed on the Hook Road crossing by one of the locomotives, Puffing Billy. The LCC took the railway over in 1909 and used if to carry coal for the hospital boilers. They built an under bridge at Hook Road north of the original crossing. This cutting was filled in but the brick bridge piers remained in place for some time.
Hook Road Arena. A large open space occasionally used for public events.

King George’s Field
Also known as Poole Road Recreation Ground and before that as Ewell Court Recreation Ground. It cost £5,000 in 1935. It is one of a large number of fields set up as memorials to George V and there is a plaque on site to that effect.
The Harrier centre. This is a small sports centre which was opened in 2000 as part of the upgrade of an existing running track used by the Epsom and Ewell Harriers. It had been upgraded in 1963 and again in 1995. The existing pavilion was replaced by the new centre.
Sandstone edge runner mounted as a memorial to a local politician, Alderman Smith. Said to be from the gunpowder mill.
Line of oak trees is a boundary of farm fields which were part of pastures.

Lansdowne Road
23 West Ewell Evangelical church. Opened 1932

Shawford Road
Said to be remains of the gunpowder mill on the riverside in this area until the 1950s

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