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Godalming High Street, early twentieth century

This view is looking broadly west towards the Pepperpot in the distance.

The young errand boy, with his friend who is lolling nonchalantly against the lamp post, are standing outside The Capital and Counties Bank at what was then 89 High Street. Valentine Norman's chemist's shop, "by appointment to Charterhouse" in 1891[1] when he was living at and working from 87 High Street[2], was beneath the circular suspended sign. The shop was on the corner of Hart's Yard. Mr. Norman was still there in 1901[3] but by 1911 he had moved to 6 Queen Street[4] and his chemist's later moved to 12a High Street[5].

On the right hand side of the road was the large store run by Arthur Augustus Barfoot (Barfoot & Co.) at 20 and 21 High Street. He sold school outfits and was also "by appointment to Charterhouse"[5] and was a costumier, tailor, hosier, hatter and shirt maker. The Barfoot family initially lived above the shop[3] but by 1911 had moved to Risegate on Marshall Road[4]. The right hand window of their shop is full of shirts.

Next along the road are two small shops with what looks like Register or Regency Office Servants written between the windows on the first floor.

Beyond that is a three storey building, with a large lamp over the front door, which housed the Little George Inn at 25-26 High Street. The Little George was for many years occupied just the three storey building but eventually incorporated the two storey property next door (where Mr. Chennell was murdered in 1817[6]). The two became Timothy Whites and the premises is now Waterstones and the Post Office at 68 & 70 High Street.

Publicans of the Little George have included:

James Tucker (1855 Directory);
George Edwards (1878 Directory);
Sarah Luff (1891 census), who took over after her husband Frederick died (1891 Directory);
John H. White (1901 census);
Henry Gardiner (1911 census [4] and 1913 Directory[5]).

"High Street, Godalming". No publisher. Published early twentieth century as there are instructions about the writing space on the divided back. Not posted.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews Researched by Ann Andrews. Intended for personal use only


[1] "Kelly's Directory of Surrey", 1891.
[2] 1891 census information can be found on FindMyPast.
[3] 1901 census (FindMyPast).
[4] 1911 census (FindMyPast).
[5] "Kelly's Directory of Surrey" (1913) Kelly & Co. Ltd, London.
[6] See Godalming, Surrey : Murder, Trial & Execution, 1817-18

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