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New Way, 1907

The photographer has created a rural idyll with this Frith publication. SS. Peter and Paul Parish Church is the focus of the picture, viewed from a quiet country lane and framed by the trees. What the image doesn't show are the early twentieth century industrial buildings with their tall chimneys that we can see in other photos from this time.

New Way runs along the side of the London - Portsmouth railway track but pre-dates it by some years. Even today it is extremely narrow, little more than a track in places, with few houses along its length and the land rising steeply on one side. The lane begins just past the bridge on Westbrook Road, where the railway is initially on an embankment several feet above it but then rises to the station's back entrance onto the London bound platform. Although we can't see it, the line is close to the bend in the road but is below road level. Today (2019) the church can only be glimpsed through the trees that have grown up in the intervening years and the chimneys have gone, as have some of the factory buildings.

We first learn of New Way in 1844 when an unfortunate accident was reported in the press: "On Tuesday evening last, two young men were walking up a lane at the upper end of the town, known as the new way, the path of which is banked up six or seven feet from the level of the road, when one of them by way of a joke, pushed his companion from him towards the road, who taken by surprise, wont[sic] over, and falling upon his head broke his collar bone. He was carried to his home insensible and is still in a dangerous state"[1].

As a piece of social history it is interesting to note that this card was sent by a young Charterhouse pupil to his father, Rev. A E Gover, Carlton Rectory, near Newmarket from C EJ G. The boy was thanking his father for the pheasant which was "beautifully tender", so clearly the school's pupils received treats of dainty morsels from home.

"Godalming, New Way". Postcard by F. Frith & Co. Ltd., Reigate, No.57516. It was first published in 1907. Posted on 24 Oct 1907 at Godalming.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

References (coloured links are to transcripts or more information elsewhere on this web site):

[1] "Sussex Advertiser", 26 November 1844. Godalming. Distressing Accident.

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