Sunday, 22 January 2017

M25 Limpsfield



Post to the north Titsey Park
Post to the west Oxted


Bluehouse Lane
Limpsfield Grange School. This is a state boarding school for girls with autism opened in the early 1950s.  It is in the buildings of what is said to be a 19th manor house. The school has a swimming pool adjacent.
Bridge over the River Eden
Skinners Farm  This is said to have stood at the corner with Water Lane. It is said to be where George Eliot stayed when she wrote Mill on the Floss’ and Adam Bede. The farm was unoccupied, the building was unsafe and the site developed. The low brick wall in front of the current houses on the site are the remains of the farm walls left as a planning condition but reduced to the height of one foot.  There was also a barn on steddle stones,

Detellens Lane
48-50 this was once two cottages, now  one. The building is 18th to early 19th with a ground floor of sandstone and ironstone rubble and the fiurst floor tile-hung. These houses would originally have had gardens which extended across what is now the road. An earth closet from one of them is said to remain in the tennis club.
Limpsfield Club. This sports club began in the late 19th leasing grounds for tennis and croquet plus a thatched pavilion. In 1910 some of the grass courts were given a hard sueface and a badminton hall was built. In the Great War Army officers were honorary members and in 1921 a motor entrance was added. In the Second World War from 1942  until 1955 Limpsfield School used the badminton hall as a canteen. Later squash courts and  another sports hall were added  and the grass tennis courts removed. The club continues to expand.

High Street
School Cottage. This was previously called Grangebrook. It was built as a school in 1832 for girls and infants and then extended for boys.  There was a National School in Limpsfield and this was probably it.
Church Cottage. House built around  1700 wiith some later  alterations. It is timber framed with rendered brick. It has a lead lined box gutter.
St.Peter’s Church.  The tower dates from 1180  but most of the rest is the result of a  'restoration' in 1872. The porch is 16th. There is a wooden shingled spire carrying a wooden cross. There are recesses including an oven to bake sacred bread. There are monuments: including on to the Teulon family..and to members of the Stanhope family,
Churchyard: The entry is by a 15th lych gate.  Frederick Delius, the composer,  is buried near an old yew tree along with his wife. Nearby are the graves of Eileen Joyce, pianist, Sir Thomas Beecham conductor, and Norman Del Mar, conductor..Jack Brymer clarinettist is also here. A granite boulder came from the Matalpo Hills in Zimbabwe. There is a war memorial just outside the church door.
Poors Allotments. These lay behind the church where some allotments are still to be found.
Rectory.  This was struck by lightening in 1711. It is a red brick building with later additions.
The Barn, This was the tithe barn for storage of crops by the Rector.I  t had an ancient timber frame but was clad in 1841.It was burnt down in 2000.
St. Peter's Halls. This Church Hall was built in 1969 as a temporary structure. It  is a utilitarian timber building typical of the sixties and was originally owned by the local Church but was transferred to the Diocese in 1985.
The Glebe, This is the open area behind the halls which appears to be shown as a playing fields,The Diocese want to build on it.
Old Sawmills, The actual sawmills stood behind this modern house. The gateposts of it are said to remain, It was demolish ed in 1924 and the timbers used for the Barn Theatre in Oxted. It has since been established that the main structtural timbers of the barn date from 1363-1433 and it is thought the barn was built in 1434.
Manor House. This was not actually the manor. It was built around 1775 and was then called Stanhopes. It later became a girls school from 1896 to 1968 and is now flats.
Detellens. Cottage. This includes 58 Detillens Lane. It is 16th with some additions. It is timber framed on a rubblestone plinth, with a whitewashed brick infill above and tile haninbg on the first floor.
Detellens  House. This is a 15th house with a front of 1736. Oriiginally a timber framed hall house with now a red brick front  Inside are Tudor style fireplaces with stone surrounds and an octagonal crown post.  It was called Millcroft in 1718 and appears to have been the millers house and barn from 1480. Grain is still found in the joints of the structure. It was the home of Eugenia Stanhope.  15th hall  house with impressive king post roof. 18th front.
The Bull Inn, This is a 17th building which was once called Anchor and Chequer. It was owned in 1892 by Bushell & Co of Westerham There are rubble walls around what us now the car park.
Miles Butchers shop. This was described as a 'slaying house' in 1424. At the south end is a moulded 'dragon post'.
Redfern. This was the home of Richard Church from 1918.  It is a 19th building
Jarretts Shop. This is part of a hall house of of 1500.
Old Lodge - this was built as the lodge to Hookwood Park, and later used as an extension by Manor House School

M25

Pitchfont  Lane
Thought that this might be a part of a prehistoric route
Footbridge and ford over the River Eden


Sandy Lane
Hookwood. 19th stock brick house
Ice-House, a buried ice-house appeared under the lawn of the house after heavy rain in 1969. The chamber was of mortared sandstone and ironstone with a tunnel entrance of brick. It was thought to date from the late 17th;

Titsey Road
Limpsfield to Croydon via Titsey Road. One route across the North Downs was the Limpsfield to Titsey road which was turnpiked in 1813,
Boys School. This was built by the Rector in 1880 plus with a house for the master.Boys home near the bottom
Boys Home. This belonged to Oxford House Settlement in Bethnal Green. They set it up In 1886, as a place where boys between 7- and 13-years old could go for three weeks to experience fresh air and playing outside.  It could take twelve or thirteen boys at one time, and had a large garden and a playing field.
Old Court Cottage. This is now a row of 16th and 17th houses. They are timber framed exposed  with brick and ironstone rubble infill with tile hanging above.Said to be  said to date from around 1200 as the aisled hall of Abbott of Battle, and assizes were held here. There are two unique carved capitals dating from 1190. It may be the oldest timber house in the south of England.

Water Lane
This runs from the village to the lodge at the gates of Titsey Park

Sources
British Listed Buildings. Web site
Chelsea Speleological Society. Newsletter
Limpsfield Club. Web site.
Oxted and Lmpsfield History Group. Web site
Oxford House. Web site
Penguin. Surrey,
Pevsner. Surrey
Tandridge District Council. Web site

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