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Frith Hill, Godalming, 1895
Frith Hill

Standing out above the skyline is Frith Hill's water tower, which was opened in 1880 for the Frith Hill Godalming and Farncombe Water Co Limited. In 1891 the water tower's tank was recorded as holding 28,000 gallons of water[1].

The rock face at the side of Frith Hill Road is clearly visible (descending the hill from just below the tower); Frith Hill Road was called Hindhead Road when this picture was taken[2].

On the left of the hilltop is Charterhouse School, "situated on a plateau of elevated land about half a mile north of the town, ... with a bathing place on the banks of the Wey for summer bathing[1]". The bathing place can't be seen in this photograph as it was quite a bit to the left.

Whilst the bottom of Charterhouse Road, then Sandy Lane, was well developed and the houses at the end of Borough Road had recently been built (shown centre right), there was no development on the southern side of Peperharow Road. There were also few properties on the north side of Peperharow Road although a few houses had been built in Dean Road. The building to the south of Peperharow Road, shown dead centre above, is probably a farm building belonging to Deanery Farm.

Enlargement, showing the ribbon of houses along the base of the hill.
The two rows of terraced houses with back extensions on the right, then recently built, have been replaced.

"Godalming. Frith Hill". Published by F. Frith & Co. Ltd., Reigate. No. 36147. Posted 9 May 1907 at Godalming and sent to Mrs. Nimes, Reigate. The message reads "I suppose you are still collecting cards. ... The town lies between two hills". Card first published in 1895.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched and written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.


[1] "Kelly's Directory of Surrey", 1891. The water tower belonged to the Frith Hill Godalming and Farncombe Water Co Ltd.

[2] Shown on old OS maps as Hindhead Road, though by 1934 the name had changed to Frith Hill Road. Frith Hill Road did exist in 1895 and, confusingly, Frith Hill Road is recorded in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century census returns. However, the old maps show that what was then Frith Hill Road is part of Knoll Road today.

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