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A selection of photographs and postcards of a Surrey country town
High Street, Godalming, 1910 - an Edwardian postcard
Godalming High Street in 1910 - it is still recognisable today

You would not find a man on horseback on today's High Street! He is just behind the pony and trap standing outside the Burgess grocery store. One of the younger shop assistants, wearing a long white apron, is standing next to the pony but whether the boy walking past has anything to do with the shop is unknown.

On the left of the photograph is No 77 which looks very similar to the way it did then. Even the usage has remained the same as what is now NatWest Bank was then the County & Westminster Bank Limited. D. Caudwell F.R.G.S. was the bank's manager in 1913[1]. Next door, at 76 High Street, was a double fronted ironmonger's shop run by George Jones[1]. There are watering cans hanging above the window of the further shop front and a display of metal garden furniture is on the pavement. The building was demolished in the 1960s.[2]

Two men are standing on the pavement outside Woods Bros., a Pianoforte Warehouse at 75 High Street[1]. The business's name and what they did is clearly visible on the wall above the first floor windows. Albert Mewett ran a saddler's next door (no74)[1].

There are railings outside No73, a private house known as the Old Croft, which was the home of the Medical Practitioner Gerald Francis Bird and his family in 1911. The front of it was covered in ivy, which can be seen above the buildings.

There is a sign on the wall of the next shop, but it isn't clear what it is advertising. However, Frederick William Paine had a hosiery business at No 72[1] and at No 71 was the tobacconist and hairdresser Miss Annie Jury[1]. The White Hart was at No 70 High Street[1] and you can just see where the upper floor of this beautiful old building juts out over the pavement.

The shop behind the Pepperpot or Pepperbox, now a restaurant, was advertising a Summer Sale. The Old Market Hall, as it was known then, was not in use.

The right hand side of the picture is dominated by Burgesses Stores on the corner of Moss Lane and the High Street. A few years later the shop was advertised as:

Borough Stores, 35 High street & wholesale grocer, Moss lane (Charles Burgess, proprietor), wholesale & retail provision merchant, grocer, tea dealer, wine, spirit & beer bottler, butcher, fishmonger & poulterer. A comprehensive retail price list free on application; orders of ten shillings & upwards sent carriage paid within a radius of 30 miles. [also listed were the addresses of branches in Farncombe, Hindhead, Haslemere, Shottermill, Liphook and Woking][1]

If you look at the roof level a few doors down on the right hand side you will see the letters A and H which belonged to the old Angel Hotel. And the lights are of note, too. Although the shop lights are probably gas, Godalming was the first town to have a public and private electricity supply.

"Godalming, High Street" Craddock, Publisher, Godalming. Posted 13 Apr 1910. Written message, but not relevant to image.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched and written by and © Ann Andrews.
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[1] "Kelly's Directory of Surrey" (1913) Kelly & Co. Ltd, London.

[2] "Memories of Farncombe and Godalming" (1981), The Godalming Trust. Used for approximate date of demolition of 76 High Street.

[3] From the 1911 census.

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