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Frith Hill from Peperharow Road

The photographer was standing just past the bottom of Dean Road to take this early twentieth century view of the eastern end of Peperharow Road, looking towards where the road bends round the corner and joins Charterhouse Road. The only people to be seen are three young children, one of whom is picking something up, and two teenage boys. It was possibly early spring as many of the deciduous trees are without leaves, whilst smoke is rising from most of the chimneys.

Dean Lodge was the large house on the bend in the centre of the picture. Flats are on the site today but the row of eight houses behind it on Charterhouse Road still remain.

The cliff-side of Frith Hill Road, then Hindhead Road, can be seen on the hillside and on top of the hill is a large house which must have enjoyed wonderful views of Godalming. The thirteen roomed property was called Thorwald and was for some years the home of Colonel George Conrad Sartorius C.B. and his second wife Ernestine Isabella (nee Ross)[1]. Following his death on 2 November 1912, The Times published details of his Will and described him as" late of the Indian Army [and] who served in the Afghan War and in the Burma Expedition"[2]. He enjoyed shooting game in both African and India and apparently took the life of the biggest bison ever shot![3]

The house can be seen on other images, such as Godalming, from Charterhouse, 1903

"Frith Hill Godalming from Peperharow Road". Published by S. G. Eaton, Stationer, Godalming and posted on 9 Nov 190[8] in Godalming. Message, but not relevant to view
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Page researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.


[1] 1911 census of England and Wales, TNA. Although they were in Godalming in 1905 it has not been possible to trace the family in other census returns. Mrs. Sartorius, by then aged 64, was at home in 1911 and living with three female servants but her husband does not appear to have been in the country. He was listed as one of the Indian Staff Corps transferred to the Unemployed Supernumary List (London Gazette, 30 April 1897) when he retired.

[2] "The Times", 1 Jan 1913. His widow was to live until 1927.

[3] This from "Who Was Who", A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014. Col. Sartorius was born on 2 April 1840, a son of Sir George Rose Sartorius, GCB Admiral of the Fleet (announcement of this promotion 2 Jul 1869, London Gazette).

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