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Bridge Street, 1950s
Bridge Street 1950s

Although this view was taken over forty years after the previous image much of Bridge Street remained the same, even if the residents had changed. This picture was taken between 1952 and 1959.

On the far left is a sign for A. E. Moore's fruiterers and greengrocery shop at 41 Bridge Street. Annie Elizabeth Moore's husband, George, was in business here after the First World War, but he passed away in 1952 and the sign must have been repainted to show the new owner. Annie was still in Bridge Street when she passed away in 1964[1]. The shop later sold knitting wool and sewing materials but a few years ago a new grocery business opened here.

Next to it is the narrow entrance to Wiggins Yard, on the far side of which is the timber framed building of 39 and 40, Bridge Street, also shown in the photograph below. This had once been the Baverstock Brewery, but the building was severely damaged in a fire in 1895. It was bought by Godalming builder David Fry and refurbished as David Fry & Son Steam Joinery Works[2]. The Frys owned two buildings on Bridge Street itself and Fry's Yard, which gave works access to the back of the Brewery building, is further down on the same side was named after Mr. Fry.

timber framed buildings
The Bridge Street frontage of the former brewery with Nos.37 and 38 beyond.
The sets of double doors are consistent with it being where the grain for brewing was
taken into the building. All these buildings are Grade II listed.
Further along is the Borough Hall and the modern structure we can see is an office block
called Bridge House. It was built on the site of The Bridge (see below).
A smaller version of this photo can be found on Godalming, Surrey (about).


To return to the top image. It is hard to see what the first two shops on the right were selling although they were both part of Galen? Hub----? and there were skeins of wool displayed in one of their windows. The third shop along, where the two women were browsing, had paintings and prints in its window.

Next were two shops in one building. The first floor of both premises is painted white and there are five windows on this floor. In the 1950s the right hand unit had become S. J. Maisey's shop; today there is a hairdressers and an Indian Restaurant here. However, until the mid 1930s this was the Brewer's Arms, a public house that had quite a chequered history. James Ede was landlord in 1855[3], followed by Henry Seavers in the 1860s[4] and by 1881 it was described as a Common Lodging House that was run by Ditmar Fredenstein[5].

Thomas Wiggins was charged with selling intoxicating liquor at prohibited hours here in 1892, when the policeman involved in bringing the case told the bench that "he did not consider the house was conducted satisfactorily at the present time". The policemen had seen a boy leaving the premises with a basket containing a pint bottle of beer which was being taken to the landlord's brother. The landlord was fined and cautioned as to the way the house was being conducted[6].

By 1901 the Brewer's Arms was being run by the Italian Michele Mattia and his wife Emma Louisa (nee Scarrott) . As well as Michele's sister and her husband there were 19 other Italians visiting or boarding. Ten years later his beerhouse was said to have 16 rooms, though none of his lodgers were Italian. Angelo Michele Mattia died on 2 Nov 1911, aged 43. Emma was the beer retailer here in 1913; the same year she temporarily transferred the licence to her son John Mattia of the Wheatsheaf public-house in Guildford. She married John W Sanders in 1916[7]. Frederick Charles Mansell was at the Brewers Arms for some years[8]. The final licensee was Frederick William Mann[9]. The 1939 Register shows that Brian B Green, confectioner and cake maker was at no.6.

Enlargement of part of the top postcard

enlargement to show buildings demolished in the 1980s

The Bridge, with a large London plane tree in front of it was the home of several generations of the Marshall family. The last member of the family who died there was Miss Octavia Marshall, who passed away on 27 Nov 1951 and the old house was demolished in 1959. The London plane survived a little longer and was drawn in the middle of a roundabout on the 1967 and 1968 O. S. maps but it was taken down in 1969.

More about The Bridge can be found on Godalming Bridge & The Bridge

On Bridge Street itself we can see two shop awnings behind the cyclist; the three storey buildings where these shops were and those beyond, down to and including the building with another awning, were demolished in the 1980s when what was known as the Co-op site was developed by Waitrose. This has already been mentoned on the previous page.

In the 1950s the building with the large bay windows, 19 Bridge Street, was still home to members of the High family. Charles J High, a master watchmaker, passed away on and 22 Apr 1952. His nephew Arthur A High lived in another part of the building at 19a Bridge St with his wife and son. Arthur was a cabinet maker and upholsterer; he died on 9 Sep 1969[10]. A photograph of the flooding that affected Godalming and other parts of Surrey in September 1968 shows that both shop units in the building had become John Hancock Antiques. Unfortunately, the houses at the bottom of Bridge Street has also been flooded twelve years earlier[11].

1. and 3."Godalming". Published by Judges Ltd., No.23572 [after 1939]. Posted 4 May 1962 at Hindhead.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
2. Photograph © Andy Andrews.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

References (coloured links are to transcripts or more information elsewhere on this web site):

[1] George Edward Moore had been the caretaker of the Busbridge recreation ground in 1911.

[2] David Fry was born in Farnham in 1856 and christened there on 23 Nov 1856. He later moved to Godalming, joining the business of his father-in-law John Beagley which he later took over. He passed away in 1920. Other information about this building from "Surrey History", Vol. 15 (2016) (ed. Gerry Moss), Surrey Archaeological Society, pp45-7. The extensive records of David Fry & Son, builders, Godalming are held by the Surrey History Centre (go to Links, Surrey).

[3] Kelly's 1855 Directory shows Mr. Ede was a beer retailer.

[4] Post Office Directory of 1867.

[5] Ditmar Fredenstein was of German origin. The first of his children known to be born in Godalming was Hannah Maria, born on 25 June 1874 and christened in the parish church on 9 August. His wife Elizabeth was buried at the Nightingale Cemetery in 1879 (grave no.6) and Ditmar on 24 Aug 1881 aged 53 (grave 5). His family were still there in the following year ("Surrey Advertiser", 19 August 1882).

[6] "Surrey Advertiser", 14 November 1892. Godalming Borough Bench. Charge against a Licensed Victualler. It rather sounded as if the policeman who brought the case was standing outside, staking the place out.

[7] References to the Mattia family at 6 Bridge Street (the Brewer's Arms) have been extracted from the 1901 and 1911 census returns, Godalming's burial records, Kelly's Directory of 1913 and the "West Surrey Times", 24 May 1913.

[8] Kelly's 1924 Directory. A newspaper report ("West Sussex Gazette" 20 February 1936, Wife's Application Dismissed) claimed that he was the licensee between 1910 and 1914 and that his wife ran the Brewer's Arms whilst he was away in the War. This slightly conflicts with the Mattia family holding the licence.

[9] "Surrey Mirror", 24 May 1935. A public notice was placed, under the Licensing (Consolidation) Act of 1910, by the Compensation Authority. Amongst the premises listed was the beerhouse known as Brewers Arms; its licensee was Frederick William Mann. It was to close.

[10] Charles High (born 1863) did not work in Godalming when he was a young man. He was at Portsea in 1891 and then Southsea in 1911, working for the same watchmaker. Arthur High (born 1890), whose father was also a watchmaker, lived here with his parents. The 1939 Register shows that all the Highs were still in residence before the Second World War and probate records indicate that the two men lived here until their respective deaths.

[11] "West Sussex Gazette," 26 July 1956. Storms and Floods.

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