Friday, 3 February 2017

M25 Rockshaw Road Merstham



Post to the east Rockshaw Road
Post to the south Redhill Brook
Post to the west Merstham Station

Bedlams Bank
Chaldon Bottom There are about 17 kilometres of galleries constituting an mine system from medieval to the 28th. The galleries were dug into a small artificial face by sinking a pit into the ground. The best example is at Bedlam's Bank where firestone for building was quarried. This is a heavily wooded area which includes the entrance to one, two, or more mines..

Heronswood Mere,
Heronswood Mere, This was at one time called New Pond. It is also said when it was realized that the Croydon, Merstham and Godstone Railway would go no further than Merstham, plans were made for a canal to go to Arun by canal. An 1811 plan for this marks the pond which tp be  a feeder reservoir for the canal, It is not known if it existed before 1811 and is not shown on earlier map. It is also said to be an artificially dammed up mill pond for Merstham's second or eastern water mill
This was to have been a point where the Godstone and Reigatte branches diverged on the never built Godstone extension to the Croydon Merstham and Godstone railway (actually a horse powered tramway).

M23
The London – Crawley Motorway, which was planned to extend into London, with a terminus on Ringway 2, the never built replacement for the  South Circular Road.
Junction 8. This is the Merstham Interchange,the junction with the M25. It is one of only three four-level stacks in the United Kingdom.

M25
Junction 7. This is the Merstham Interchange, the junction with the M23

Ockley Wood
The Battle of Aclea took place in 851 between the West Saxons and the Vikings.  It might have been here, or it might have been at the other Ockley to the west.

Radstock Way
NewMerstham,  A housing estate, originally entirely public housing, this was built to a geometric layout in the eastern fields. It was begun after the Second World War and finished in the 1970s.
Furzefield Wood. The woodland has an entrance opposite the end of Delabole Road. There are various structures in the wood and events are organised for local children. It is managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust.
Oakley, a small country house wirh has 19th gothic styling
Oakley Youth Club. This uses Oakley House and some outbuildings


Sources
Reigate and Banstead Council. Web site
SABRE. Web site
Surrey County Council. Web site
Wealden Cave and Mining Society. Web site
Wikipedia. As appropriate

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