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.
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
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.