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General View of Godalming, about 1905
General View

Frith Hill dominates this photograph, which would have been taken from Charterhouse. The houses of Charterhouse Road are at the bottom of the slope, with Peperharow Road branching off (bottom right). Deanery Farm is just above the word "Godalming" printed on the card and the roof of the old farm building that now houses S.S. Peter and Paul Scouts can be seen above the word "General". There seem to be all kinds of junk, including timber, behind the farm buildings.

As part of the 1877 application to the Board of Trade for powers to construct waterworks and to supply water within the Godalming a plot of ground attached to and on the north side of the Old Deanery Farmyard was identified for "a well and pumping station, with pumping engines, engine and boiler houses, and other works, buildings, and conveniences"[1]. The former No.1 pumping station was situated behind what the Scout Hut (on the left of the enlargement) and has in recent years been converted into a private dwelling.

In the middle distance beyond the hill and the railway embankment are the Lammas Lands. Slightly further away is a church spire, shown in the enlargement below, that must belong to the former Congregational Church on the corner of Bridge Street and The Burys. Just behind the church and to the right is the distinctive curved row of houses in Victoria Road and then the gasometers belonging to the former Gas Works in Wharf Street. You have to look hard, but they are there.

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There is a similar view: Godalming, from Charterhouse, 1903

"General View of Godalming, No. 3", No. 13592. Unknown publisher but posted in Godalming on 18 Oct 1905 and sent to an address in Lambeth. Message not relevant to picture.
Postcard and enlargements in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
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[1] "The London Gazette", 23 November 1877. Board of Trade.-Session 1878. Frith Hill, Godalming, and Farncombe Water Company Limited. The notice was placed by Hugh F. Day Solicitor, Godalming and others.