|Borough Road, Godalming, 1907
This plate girder bridge is on the London to Portsmouth
line between Farncombe and Godalming stations, originally
built as part of the London and South Western Railway. The
line crosses Borough Road and then crosses the River Wey
almost immediately on its route south towards Godalming
Station (formerly known as Godalming New Station). The
road bridge over the river is a few yards behind where the
photographer would have stood. The backdrop to the scene
is Frith Hill.
The bridge was built in the mid 1850s when the line was extended
southwards. In 1856, at the half yearly meeting of the Portsmouth
Railway company, it was reported that "the works extend almost
continuously from the junction with the South-Western Railway
at Godalming to Haslemere", with the expectation that the Godalming
to Witley section would be opened the following autumn.
The immaculately cut hedge
on the right of the road is a thing of the past. So is the
greenery on the left; odd trees and shrubs remain on the railway
embankment, but the land by the roadside is now covered with
"Godalming. Borough Road". Publisher Unknown,
No 22512. Posted at Godalming in Sep 1907 and sent to Miss Freeman,
Southsea.The message reads: "Will you tell Mrs B I called
on Mrs Willard and she will return the cash to her. We spent
a delightful day yesterday and left Stanley cheerful". Willard
is still a local surname but the web mistress has no idea who
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched and written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.
 "Hampshire Advertiser & Salisbury Guardian",
Saturday, April 05, 1856.