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Peperharow Road, Godalming, 1903
Peperharow Road at the very beginning of the twentieth century


This early Edwardian postcard shows increasing development along Peperharow Road and is worth comparing with a picture taken less than a decade earlier that is also on this web site[1]. The only vehicle on Peperharow Road is a hay cart on the bend close to the bottom of Dean Road, the cul de sac on the right.

On the left hand side of the road are three new houses and next to the hay cart are two strips bounded by close-boarded fencing. The land either side of this fencing was to be built on over the next few years (see the next image) and it is possible that the fencing was in preparation for that.

Dean Road had houses on both sides by this time and another plot is fenced and appears to have work going on, but this isn't totally clear. In the 1901 census[2], the heads of household in Dean Road were Messrs. Heathorn, Gale, Godwin, Jeffries and Burgess as well as Mrs. Brockelsby. Two more properties were under construction at census time, so there were fewer dwellings than appear in this photograph. By 1911 some of the names on Dean Road had changed and the household heads by then were Messrs. Hawkings, Russell, Godwin, Kearvill, Cooke, Wheeler, Smith, Parsons, Mayne and Burgess; two properties were uninhabited[2].

Charterhouse School is also clearly visible on the top of the hill (top, right). Some of the houses further along Peperharrow Road were built for the masters of the school; Aldous Huxley, whose father was an Assistant Classics Master at the school, was born in one of them[3].

Unfortunately for the viewer, no explanation is provided in the card's message about the reason for the arrow.


"Godalming, Peperharrow Road" published by F. Frith & Co. Ltd., Reigate. No.49191. Posted 21 Dec 1905 at Godalming and sent to Col. E. S. May C. Mcky? Message not related to card - "The very best for 1906 and after". Card dates from 1903.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews. Researched and written by and © Ann Andrews. Intended for personal use only.

References:

[1] Compare this with the 1895 postcard of Frith Hill, which also shows the road.

[2] Census information is available on Find My Past

[3] In both 1891 and 1901 the Huxley family were living in a large house called Laleham.




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