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High Street, Godalming (no date but possibly 1910)
Seventeenth century buildings

The seventeenth century building on the right of the photograph used to be numbered 28 and 29 High Street, with no. 28 on the right. It has the date 1663 on a oval stone slightly above but centrally between the first floor windows. The horse drawn wagon belonged to Ernest Douglas Brown's Godalming Nurseries which traded from the premises of 29 High Street from about 1901[1]. The ground floor of the building was divided into lock up shops by 1911, there was a telephone exchange above no. 29 and only the upstairs floors of no. 30 were inhabited[2].

George Holden & Son, Boots and shoe makers, used the shop at no. 28[3]. The sign below the right hand window reads "Holden & Son" and on left and it says "boots".

The High Street was renumbered in the 1960s.

The photograph below shows the upper floors and the intricate seventeenth century brickwork in a little more detail.

Up above

"Block, High Street, Godalming". Published by A Jury, opposite Market House, High Street, Godalming, no.1663. Not posted.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Photograph © Andy Andrews. Researched by Ann Andrews. Intended for personal use only.


[1] In the 1901 census Ernest Douglas Brown described himself as a Nurseryman and florist. He was born at Brockenhurst and boarded on Meadrow. Ten years later he was married and living on Llanaway Road. Ernest Douglas Brown also advertised in "Kelly's Directory of Surrey", 1913.

[2] The 1911 census is available on Find My Past

[3] "Kelly's Directory of Surrey" for 1891 shows Joseph Wright's bakers and pork butchers at no. 27 and the census for that year shows he lived at no. 27 whilst George Collier, a baker's assistant, lived at no. 29. No. 28 High Street is not mentioned in the census but "Kelly's" of 1891 advertises George Holden & Son at the shop. By the time of "Kelly's Directory of Surrey", 1913 the business was just called Holden & Son.

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