County confirms executive

11:22am Friday 9th May 2008

NICK Skellett is to remain leader of Surrey County Council following an executive reshuffle.

Victorian house sale back on

5:37pm Monday 21st April 2008

THE sale of 24 Chart Lane, Reigate, is back on track with the original buyer and is due to complete on Friday, May 2.

Local hero who led England

2:34pm Thursday 9th August 2007

WALTER Read played in 18 Test cricket matches for England, twice as captain.

Famous flame lights up a town

1:44pm Tuesday 17th July 2007

THE 1948 Olympic Games took place in Great Britain and the Olympic flame was carried in July of that year from Mount Olympia in Greece to Wembley Stadium via Redhill and Reigate.

A Lady not partial to a drink

3:27pm Friday 9th March 2007

The owner of Reigate Priory in the 1890s, Lady Henry Somerset, travelled the world as president of the British Women's Temperance League which advocated abstinence from drink.

Gates were too close to a pub!

Redhill And Reigate Life: The Bell Street Entrance created by John Parsons was later removed by Lady Henry Somerset because of its proximity to the Castle Public House

1:21pm Tuesday 23rd January 2007

THE previous article about Reigate Priory detailed its early beginnings and told about some of those who lived there.

Reigate Priory and its owners

Redhill And Reigate Life: Charles, Lord Howard of Effingham

8:57am Wednesday 27th December 2006

DESPITE the fact that Redhill and Reigate are so close together there are many differences between the towns. A major one is that Redhill's history goes back only as far as the mid-1800s while Reigate's stretches back to about 1100.

How pupils kept their cool

Redhill And Reigate Life: The ventilation grille high in the town of St John's School can be seen alongside the clock

3:25pm Wednesday 13th December 2006

An earlier article in this series mentioned that on Sunday, September 12, 2004, the clock of St John's School in Pendleton Road, Redhill, was again set into motion after being stopped for several years.

Happy days climbing Nelson

Redhill And Reigate Life: The southern slope of Redhill Common in days gone by. The path down to St John's School is straight and wide, the view across the Weald in uninterrupted and the common is free of the scrub and trees that cover it today

5:02pm Tuesday 28th November 2006

In a previous article about Redhill Common I mentioned the Common Conservators, a body set up in 1894 to administer Redhill and Earlswood commons.

Horse sense before the car

Redhill And Reigate Life: Horses were used for personal transport as well as for commercial purposes. Here three horses and carts are the only traffic in early1900s London Road, Redhill

4:48pm Tuesday 7th November 2006

Horses gave us the main motive force on our roads and farms until other forms of power such as steam, petrol and diesel engines provided the means of moving people and goods.

Where dairy horses were shod

Redhill And Reigate Life: The British Legion Club in Clarendon Road was once a house called Elmsfield, the home of Captain Sutton. Pictured here in the early 1990s before it was demolished, it had the new telephone exchange next door to it. The Dome flats at can be seen in the dis

2:05pm Tuesday 17th October 2006

More about Scamperdale and Clarendon Road A recent article in this series about Scamperdale, the building in Clarendon Road, Redhill, where Sam Marsh once had stables, evoked memories for Mrs Jean Belton, from Horley, who, as a child in the 1940s, lived next to it.

Lost murals from the war days

Redhill And Reigate Life: The boys' shelter being inspected shortly after it was re-opened in 2003. Some of the murals on the walls can be seen, although their vivid colours do not show up in this picture

2:45pm Tuesday 19th September 2006

St John's School in Pendleton Road, Redhill, has stood opposite the church of the same name for 160 years, a period equivalent to six generations.

Beer was matured in the Reigate caves

Redhill And Reigate Life: The offices of Mellersh and Neale in Reigate High Street in the 1930s. The site is now shops

4:13pm Tuesday 15th August 2006

The Neale family had been connected with the malting industry for a number of years before Thomas Neale founded a brewery in Church Street, Reigate, in 1801.

Meet the family on the corner

Redhill And Reigate Life: Shaws Corner as it was before the war memorial was erected in 1923

4:57pm Tuesday 1st August 2006

On July 31, 1950, the King and Queen, the mayor of Reigate, Alderman Miss M C Donkin, and many others sent their congratulations to Mr and Mrs Jepthah Shaw, of Devon Road, Merstham, on the occasion of their diamond wedding.

When police controlled cars

Redhill And Reigate Life: A policeman on traffic control in Reigate faces Tunnel Road, then still in use by vehicles

9:59am Wednesday 28th June 2006

Many pictures show a policeman on point duty in the centre of Redhill but few show one in the centre of Reigate.

Suitcase factory sent packing

Redhill And Reigate Life: Scamperdale, now gone, was a luggage factory and, earlier, stables

10:28am Friday 16th June 2006

For such a young town Redhill could be famous for old buildings that have been demolished.

A colourful history behind four walls

Redhill And Reigate Life: Home sweet home: This house called Shenley became the site of the Ark Royal Training Ship

11:28am Wednesday 31st May 2006

Major Kingsley Osbern Foster lived at a house called Shenley on the corner of Brighton Road and Hooley Lane, a location later to become the site of the Ark Royal Training Ship.

Driving people mad

Redhill And Reigate Life: Nice wheels: This car was pictured outside the White Hart Hotel in Reigate in 1896

12:09pm Wednesday 19th April 2006

Motoring was firmly in the news in 1901. The trouble was it was mainly bad news for the motorist described as a horrid word' by a journalist reporting a collision in Reigate between a cyclist and a car.

A common story to spoil you a little bit

Redhill And Reigate Life: Common protector: Samuel Barrow did the borough a favour

12:55pm Wednesday 5th April 2006

In 1867 16 acres of Redhill common had been secured for use by borough residents. But by 1881 the lord of the manor, Earl Somers, was still digging gravel from the common, with train loads of spoil being removed.

It started as a life of Grimes for cinema

Redhill And Reigate Life: A 1933 advert for Redhill cinemas

1:46pm Wednesday 22nd March 2006

The cinema between Chapel Road and Lower Bridge Road was opened in 1912 by G W Grimes and Sons. The building was red brick with bold mouldings and rough cast panels in ivory to create a prominent feature in the High Street.

A roundabout story which ends with golf

Redhill And Reigate Life: Roundabout: The cottages on what was Union Road Pic: S Ware

11:25am Thursday 9th March 2006

The Roundabout was the name given to an isolated group of 12 cottages that once stood on the common opposite Redhill and Reigate Golf Club.

A roundabout story which ends with golf

Redhill And Reigate Life: Roundabout: The cottages on what was Union Road Pic: S Ware

4:02pm Wednesday 8th March 2006

The Roundabout was the name given to an isolated group of 12 cottages that once stood on the common opposite Redhill and Reigate Golf Club.

Warwick School pupils show off their X Factor

Redhill And Reigate Life: Anxious wait: Pupils at the Warwick School wait for the results to come in

10:09am Friday 17th February 2006

Budding superstars at the Warwick School pulled out all the stops to try to impress judges in their own X Factor style show.

Changing times of Church Street

Redhill And Reigate Life: Much changed: This is how Church Street in Reigate looked during the 1920s

10:04am Thursday 16th February 2006

The scene shown is familiar because the Old Town Hall, something we are all used to seeing in Reigate, appears in it.

‘I was blown down the stairs by bomb’

Redhill And Reigate Life: Carnage: The front of Dorothy's house was left wrecked after being hit by a German war bomb

11:42am Wednesday 1st February 2006

Grandmother Dorothy Fraser was blown down the stairs of her home when a bomb dropped in the front garden one October evening in 1940.

A-bridged history of a road with a tale

Redhill And Reigate Life: On the road again: Upper Bridge Road leads to the High Street and has seen several changes. Pic courtesy of John Eede

9:39am Thursday 19th January 2006

Bridge Road was unimaginatively named after a bridge that carried it over the Redhill to Reading railway line.

End of the road for ‘the death trap’

Redhill And Reigate Life: Men working on the Station Road tunnel circa 1902

1:16pm Wednesday 4th January 2006

Redhill railway station was built in the 1840s very early in the life of Redhill and access to it for travellers from Nutfield and Bletchingley was provided via a farm track from Redstone Hill that was converted into a road.

Reigate is certainly a mannered town

Redhill And Reigate Life: Reigate citizens built the arch to mark Queen Victoria's visit

9:21am Friday 9th December 2005

In the 1830s, before the rise of Redhill, the town of Reigate was already a prosperous market town that had been in existence for some seven centuries and was at the centre of the old manor that bore its name.

The rise and fall of Redhill’s Market Hall

Redhill And Reigate Life: Times past: Redhill's Market Hall, completed in 1861, was a bustling place

11:03am Friday 25th November 2005

Redhill Market Hall was built on half an acre of land bought for £200 to fulfil a need in the town for meeting rooms and an indoor market.

Ghosts out of the past

Redhill And Reigate Life: Grave matters: St Mary's Church, Reigate, where a ghostly woman was seen in 1975

10:25am Thursday 27th October 2005

The ghostly figure of a woman dressed in white and sightings of a man on Reigate Heath are among the spooky revelations featured in a new book about Surrey's haunted towns.

Book charts the life of patients in Victorian asylum

Redhill And Reigate Life: Bird's eye view: The former Royal Earlswood Hospital, some of  which has now been turned into luxury flats			           			                   Pic: Aero Pictorial Ltd, Redhill Aerodrome

10:52am Thursday 29th September 2005

The Royal Earlswood Hospital site is now home to luxury apartments but from the outside it still bears all the hallmarks of a Victorian asylum.

Hidden secrets open to public - Rare opportunity to see treasures

Redhill And Reigate Life: Church on time: St Matthew's Church

1:17pm Thursday 1st September 2005

Some of the borough's treasures will be throwing open their doors next week, offering people a unique opportunity to visit buildings not usually open to the public.

Disaster struck our first cinema three times

Redhill And Reigate Life: Flicks: The borough's first cinema was in Station Road, Redhill

10:02am Thursday 18th August 2005

The first cinema in the borough of Reigate was the Cinema Royal in Station Road, Redhill.

Remembering the carnival days which illuminated the borough

Redhill And Reigate Life: Step on: Local organisations dressed up to represent historic themes

10:36am Friday 5th August 2005

Carnival processions were popular events in Redhill and Reigate throughout the first half of the 20th century and beyond.

History of the High Street hunting men’s club

Redhill And Reigate Life: The Huntsman in Redhill High Street was first

2:38pm Wednesday 22nd June 2005

The Huntsman once stood in Redhill High Street where Woolworths now is, but instead of serving the general public it was part of stables that had stalls for up to 20 horses and catered exclusively for hunting men, their servants, liverymen and coachmen.

History of the Common

Redhill And Reigate Life: Stones like this marked the boundary of the proposed military prison on Redhill Common, several of which still exist

12:54pm Wednesday 25th May 2005

In 1862 the war office compulsorily purchased 16 acres on the summit of Red Hill Common for a military prison.

A police farce

12:14pm Wednesday 27th April 2005

The expression you just can't get the staff', has the meaning that those you do get are less that satisfactory, writes Alan Moore.

The original thin blue line-up

Redhill And Reigate Life: Line of duty: Redhill police, 1879; Head Constable George Rogers is on the left

2:19pm Wednesday 13th April 2005

The borough of Reigate first got its own police force in 1864.

Town’s name in the sand

Redhill And Reigate Life: Class act: St John's School in the 19th century

10:35am Thursday 17th March 2005

Saxon farms once occupied cleared land below the downs where Reigate now is. William de Warenne, who fought at the Battle of Hastings, was endowed with Surrey estates and in the 12th century built a castle which encouraged a new settlement to grow close by for protection and trade.

Workhouse to hospital

Redhill And Reigate Life: The General: Redhill General Hospital c1918

12:22pm Wednesday 2nd March 2005

In 1793 the parishes of Reigate, Nutfield and Headley formed a Poor Law Union to provide a workhouse on 10 acres of Earlswood common.

Calling all Channon’s children

Redhill And Reigate Life: Channon's children in 1953: Rev W G Channon (back, centre) with a young Michael Shergold (middle row, centre, directly in front of Rev Channon) and Jean Shergold (front row, sixth from left). Were you one of Channon's children?

11:45am Thursday 17th February 2005

Not all of the young worshippers shown in this picture have been located yet by Michael Shergold, one of the organisers of the reunion.

Who’s the greatest?

Redhill And Reigate Life: Most famous: The statue of Reigation Dame Margot Fonteyn in Riegate

3:29pm Wednesday 2nd February 2005

Who put Reigate on the map?

Pillar of the community

Redhill And Reigate Life: Local feature: The pillar

3:54pm Wednesday 19th January 2005

After the London to Brighton railway was completed in 1841 the line to Dover was built in 1844.

Getting to top of downs

Redhill And Reigate Life: Beaten track: Reigate Hill decades before the car was invented

2:30pm Wednesday 27th October 2004

Several routes carried traffic from Reigate to the top of the downs before the present road was made.

Victoria’s jubilee celebrations

5:19pm Thursday 14th October 2004

In 1897 Queen Victoria's 60 years on the throne were celebrated in Redhill in several ways.

When Gatton’s treasures were lost to fire

Redhill And Reigate Life: Burning: Smoke billowing (left) and molten lead streaking the walls Pix: Gatton Park

3:14pm Wednesday 29th September 2004

When fire ripped through Gatton Hall 70 years ago, not only was a beautiful building destroyed, but one of the finest collection of treasures in Europe ruined.

The swimming bath that never was...

Redhill And Reigate Life: Men's club: The Colman Institute never did get the baths the original plans suggested

3:42pm Wednesday 15th September 2004

In 1900 a boy drowned in the lower Earlswood Lake and it was suggested that the existence of swimming baths might have avoided the tragedy.

Hall in a name

Redhill And Reigate Life: Hall tale: The Municipal Buildings

10:59am Thursday 19th August 2004

Land was first offered for Borough Municipal Buildings in 1863.

Rediscover the Great Doods

Redhill And Reigate Life: Adrian Webb has started to digitally recreated and enhance the front view of Great Doods from around 1906. The original picture was taken from the point that is now the corner of Croydon Road and Reigate Road, opposite the bottom of Chart Lane

12:15pm Wednesday 4th August 2004

The creators of a website providing historical information about Reigate need your help to piece together the final years of one of the town's grandest estates.

Bell-makers heard world-wide

Redhill And Reigate Life: Berlin's Freedom Bell, made by Gillett and Johnston Pic: Croydon Local Studies Library and Archive Service

5:04pm Wednesday 21st July 2004

The makers of the clock in the Old Town Hall in Reigate also made clocks for international landmarks.


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