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Old Houses, Church Street, Godalming, 1905
Magpie houses on Church Street

These buildings, which have the distinctive black and white "magpie" patterns in the timber work of the upper floors, are at the "top" of Church Street, opposite the Pepperpot / Pepperbox. Some of Godalming's oldest properties are in Church Street and the street today is not hugely different from the way it looked 100 years ago.

This Edwardian photograph shows us a mixture of dwellings and shops; a little further along is what was then the Cornmeter public house, where the road comes in from the left. This road was Hart's Lane, now part of Mint Street. The beerhouse keeper of the Cornmeter at the time was Jesse Henton[1] and he and his wife ran the beer house for a number of years. Elizabeth Henton died in 1910 and Jesse moved away to the Petworth area; he died there in 1917, aged 83.

The Cornmeter public house survived as a hostelry until 1956 and it was then converted into an ironmongers; it remains a specialised, family owned, DIY store. The houses are now all shops or offices.

The empty shop next door, with the sign in the window, had been a draper's shop. As for the sign board, it is very difficult to read and the only words I can read are Witley and Milford. Presumably, it was some kind of bus service.

"Godalming, Old Houses, Church Street" published by F. Frith & Co. Ltd., Reigate, No. 54684. Not posted but card dates from 1905.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews. Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
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[1] Information from both the 1901 and the 1911 census, which are available on Find My Past. Ten years earlier the beerhouse keeper was John Golds.

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