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Godalming, from Charterhouse, 1903
From Charterhouse


Taken from Charterhouse, this card shows Frith Hill with Charterhouse Road encircling the foot of the Hill. Dean Lodge, the large house on the corner of Peperharow Road and Charterhouse Road, had a large vegetable garden next to Peperharow Road. In 1913 it was the home of Edward Browne Bishop who was a senior clerk in the Civil Service[1]. The house was demolished in the 1970s and flats were built instead[2]. All but one of the houses on the same side of the road as Dean Lodge, from the junction of Borough Road, have also been demolished and replaced by modern houses.

What is especially interesting about this card is that it shows the Lammas Lands on the far side of the railway embankment had become a large lake, flooded in October 1903 after heavy rain. The River Wey had burst its banks and water had crept through the railway arch and onto the land on the far side of Borough Road. It is hard to see, but Borough Road was also flooded. A newspaper of the day reported: "The incessant downpour of Sunday resulted, as might expected, in serious floods, and the low-lying parts of the county have suffered considerably. In fact, thousands of acres were inundated. Reports of damage come from Guildford, Stoke, Burpham, Woking, Send, Newark, Pyrford, Ripley, Godalming, Chertsey, Staines and Farnham. Potatoes are extensively grown in some of the places named ... it is inevitable that the crop must be a poor one ... a majority of the tubers will almost certainly be rotted. ..."[3]. The Lammas Lands were not used to grow potatoes, but if the tubers had been affected elsewhere it would have caused some hardship.



Enlargement of the above, showing the large area under water.
Flood water can be seen under the arch of the railway bridge and
on the small green at the Charterhouse Road / Borough Road junction.


There is a similar view: General View of Godalming, about 1905


1 and 2. "Godalming, from Charterhouse". F. Frith & Co. Ltd., Reigate, No.49262. [1903] Not posted Overprinted with: Hearty good Wishes for Xmas and the New Year.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

References:

[1] "Kelly's Directory of Surrey" (1913) Kelly & Co. Ltd, London. In the 1911 census he was living with his widowed mother and siblings at Ashtead Farm House.

[2] Date from "Memories of Farncombe and Godalming" (1981), The Godalming Trust. Principal written contributions by Harold Pitt and Raymond Martin.

[3] "Surrey Mirror", Friday 16 October 1903. County Jottings.




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