Wednesday, 1 February 2017

M25 Godstone Rooks Nest


Post to the east Barrow Green
Post to the west Godstone Interchange


M25

Nixon’s Pit.
Woodland around an old stone pit area

Rooks Nest
Palmer's Wood Oil Field. The above ground hydrocarbon development at Palmers Wood Oilfield  has a well site at Rooks Nest plus an underground pipeline. Oil is gathered and exported from Rooks Nest via the A22. The oilfield has been developed since 1984 and has been in production since 1987.
Godstone Golf Club. Opened in 2005 in what was Rooks Nest Park
Rooks Nest. This is a house in the classical style, in a park of 140 acres. It had been a  farm belonging to Tandridge  priory which after the dissolution had a number of private owners. The house may have been built by Richard Beecher, who biught it in 1775 . In the 19th it was the home of Charles Hamden Turner who had begun in Limehouse and was associated with rope making and dock interests in the early 19th. He was also a prominent sujpporter of James Watt and member of a number of learned societies. He is said to have had the first wisteria plant in England there. From 1870 it was the home of Sir George Gilbert Scott the architect,  and in the 1920s that of James Voase Rank, the flour millers and brother of J. Arthur Rank.  Rank renamed it Ouborough after the Yorkshire town where his father founded had the business.
Streete Court School. This opened in Rooks Nest in 1954 and  was a ‘prep’ school, founded it Westgate-on-Sea in 1894 by the, father of the author A.A. Milne. It moved here in 1954 and closed in 1994.
Crystal Palace Football Club training centre. The club appears to have used this site briefly.

Sources
British History on line. Tandridge
CPFC. Web site
Penguin. Surrey
Pevsner. Surrey
Streeete Court. Web site
Surrey County Council. Web site
Tandridge District Council. Web site
Wikipedia. As appropriate

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