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Godalming, Charterhouse from Frith Hill, 1903

This 1903 view of Charterhouse Road was taken from Frith Hill, probably by the photographer who took the picture of Peperharow Road, Godalming, 1903; the two pictures were taken from the same position.

Charterhouse School can be seen on the skyline on the left and there are a few properties set back from the left hand side of Charterhouse Road - some of which were the school's boarding houses - though most of the land beside the road was still undeveloped. Of large buildings top, right of centre and to the left of the arrow, is Bodeites which was also a Charterhouse masters' house where the pupils boarded. Hodgsonites is to its left but is largely hidden by trees.

The large house surrounded by trees on the right, near the bottom, is now known as Fairhill but in the inter war years it was given the name "Dibrugarh".* The property had been bought by a surgeon in the Indian Army, Lt-Col Asher Leventon, who retired there in 1923-4. He possibly named his home "Dibrugarh" because the terraced position of the house reminded him of the hills of northern India. Equally, the name may have reminded him of happier times in India. Born in Leicester in 1870, he qualified as a surgeon in Dublin in 1894 and was commissioned into the Indian Medical Service the following year. He was the superintendent of the Berry White Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh (now the Assam Medical School). He became a CIE, and ended his career as superintendent of the Campbell Medical School in Calcutta. He sent this postcard to his relatives, marking his home with an arrow, two years before he died in 1938.

* Dibrugarh is in the state of Assam in India and the city is the headquarters of the Dibrugarh district.

"Godalming Charterhouse from Frith Hill", F. Frith & Co. Ltd., Reigate No.49192. Image date 1903.
Posted on 17 Nov 1936 in Godalming.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Simon Hill. The information about Lt-Col Leventon has been compiled by his relatives Simon Hill and Sydney Schreiber. Written by and © Ann Andrews.
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