Friday, 18 February 2011

Thames Tributary River Mole - Cobham Tilt

Thames Tributary River Mole
The Mole flows west, and then north, then loops back south west.

TQ 11888 59732

Posh suburbs and sort of countryside in posh area. Intersting mill and associated buildings very tarted up

Post to the west Cobham
Post to the south Downside

Brook Farm Road
Site of Brook Farm built in 1801 by Col. Edward Leatherland on land enclosed from Tilt Common. In 1807 it was bought by Sir Graham Moore, R.N., latterly Admiral of the White and brother to Sir John Moore of Corunna. It is said to have been bought with the prize-money of the Spanish treasure ships, the capture of which by Captain Moore gave an excuse for war in 1804. Sir John Moore is said to have planted an oak tree in the garden – now in the garden of a house in Oak Road. Demolished 1926.

Mill Road
Cobham Mill. Probably the site of one of the three mills listed in Domesday and rebuilt by Chertsey Abbey in the 1330s. In 1799 the mill was washed away in a flood. There are two buildings with undershot wheels and a footbridge. One building is brick and tile and has two cast iron wheels. Before 1951 there were two mills together here, but the older one was demolished  following damage by a war time Canadian tank and a need for road widening. The remaining one, which milled corn, dates from about 1820 and was then owned by Daniel Dallin and in 1871 by a Mrs. Datchelor. There were various other owners until Charles Harvey Coombe bought it in 1925 with an intention to demolish and in 1933 a part which jutted over the road was demolished and the mill it is now owned by the Cobham Mill Preservation Trust. The building is under severe risk of flooding.
Millwater Cottage used as a base for a local surveyor since the 18th
Skilton’s Yard used by surveyor and builder Uriah Collyer in the late 18th. Black sheds opposite the mill which have been in use as a builder’s yard into the early 21st.
Cedar House. 15th house with a Georgian front. This may have originally been a tannery and in 11th it was called ‘The Tan House’ - a local tanner provided animal hair for building work at Oatlands. It is timber framed, with a red brick front. A large stone traceried window from the 15th came from Yorkshire in the 1920's. The building was enlarged in the 17th -18th, but retained its original great hall with an oriel window and an open-timbered roof. It was recently a home for old ladies, but is now a hotel
Railings and gates of Cedar House. listed 17th ornamental ironwork railings. 50 feet long with stone coping and pineapple finials. Wrought iron gate with gilt monogram and spheres. Said to have come from Sheridan’s house in Eltham
Ham Manor. House of about 1740, with a brick elevation. Central door approached up a flight of 5 steps.
Old Mill House. A restored house, parts of which can be dated to the 16th and it may actually be older. It has an 18th front but it is timber framed with rendered cladding and some brick

Mole
Water wheel. installed 1884, to pump water from the Mole to the house. By Whitmore and Binyon of Wickham Market. It is on the edge of Park Wood

Tilt Green
The Green is common land which was used for May Day celebrations until 1902. It was also used for cricket, including to County standards by the Surrey side.
Cherry trees planted as a Second World War Memorial.

Tilt Road
1 Fire station. Built as a parish school in 1883 by the Vestry. It later became a parish room and then a soup kitchen. It became a fire station in the late 1890s. It had a Merryweather engine which had been donated by Charles Combe.
Wall letter box on the side of the fire station
3 Cobham almshouses
Running Mare. This pub is near Tilt Green where horse racing is said to have taken place. It is first mentioned in 1756 but may be older. It has been known as ‘The Running Mare’ since the late 18th,
Lion Cottage early 19th
39-41 early 19th
57 locally listed
83 Wall letter box outside
Cobham Cemetery land given by Charles Coombe in 1885

Woodend Park
Woodend was a house used by the local clergy from 14th

Sources
Stidder. Watermills of Surrey
Industrial Archaeology of Elmbridge
Taylor. Cobham
Surrey Industrial Archaeology,
Penguin Book of Surrey
Pevsner. Surrey

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