This postcard of Borough Road, Deanery Road and Frith Hill was
published in both colour and sepia versions. It is interesting
to compare the picture with one which dates from 1900 in
Mr. Janaway's book about Godalming.
On the left, just beyond the bridge over Hell Ditch,
is a house that wasn't in the earlier picture and the trees
grew considerably in the intervening years. Look carefully
and you can just see a horse and cart outside the Charterhouse
Arms on the corner of Deanery Road and Chalk Road. In 1913
Harry George Mayne was the publican.
Cycling was a popular pastime and before the first war Godalming
and Farncombe were awash with cycle dealers and agents. In
Godalming Ernest Arthur Edgington was in business on Bridge
Street, Frederick Scott was at 85 High Street and Mrs. Edith
Rutherford had premises at both 15a High Street and 33 Bridge
Street. In Farncombe were James Harlock, who was a dealer
at 4 St. John's Street, Edward Hinder at 21 Summers Road and
the Weale Brothers at 48 Meadrow.
As well as the lady in the foreground there are four other
cyclists using the road - seen closer to the junction. Crossing
the road close to the lamp post is one of the local postmen.
We are fortunate to know the lady cyclist's identity and
what she was doing as she often related the story of how she
came to be photographed to her children.
Rose Lily Little was born on 11 February 1895 and had moved
to Godalming to work for the "The Singer Sewing Machine
Company" on Brighton Road. One day in the summer of 1914,
just before the First World War broke out, she had been asked
to deliver a sewing machine to a property near Frith Hill;
the machine was balanced on the back of her bicycle. It was
on the return journey that the photographer stopped her and
asked if she would mind being in his picture. Rose went on
to marry Wilfred Thomas Warner at Busbridge Church in 1917.
Cycling was clearly good for her as she lived to be 101 years
The card was sent from Daisy lodging at a house on Croft Road
on 26 Jan 1915 to Mrs. Barrett in Sherborne and part of message
reads, "I have got very nice lodgings (Army people). This
is ever such a pretty place. I wish you were coming for a time
we had nice meetings yesterday it is a nice corps. I saw A.
there was plenty of soldiers in".
Also see, in another section of this website:
Surrey : A Personal View
Surrey : Murder, Trial & Execution, 1817-18