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Bell Street, Reigate. Unknown date. Harry Snook.
Northover & Sons.

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A Strachan from London posted this comment on Tuesday 19 February 2013 16:14:00.

Hi, just wondered if there is historical information about this company. I am looking for their 1950's crematorium reoords and wondered if there are relatives connected to company that may still retain this.

Thanks.


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Bobby Post from Round Rock, Texas posted this comment on Monday 06 January 2014 19:41:00.

Hi There,

I'm pretty sure that all cremations in the 50s were performed by Surrey and Sussex Crematorium; they are on the Balcome Road just south of Horley. Hope this helps.


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jan hutsebaut from aalst belgium posted this comment on Sunday 10 March 2019 16:07:31.

one of the furniture i have in my home (purchased from an antique shop specializing in english antiques) carries a label from northover and sons reigate on the back! nice to see a photo of their shop !



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Woodhatch House, Reigate. Circa 1910.

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David Woodhead from Sutton Coldfield posted this comment on Wednesday 05 December 2012 09:40:00.

I assume that this was the house of the Haywoods in the period 1870-1910. Mr Haywood was a timber merchant and a well-respected amateur rose-grower. His daughter, Margaret (1880-1965), married Alfred Fripp in 1898, won a medal for service in the Boer War, and became Lady Fripp when he was knighted by Edward VII in 1904.


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ian watkins from broadstairs posted this comment on Monday 24 February 2014 23:28:00.

My grandad was the chauffeur for mr R P Evans from about 1912 untill he died. I have a camera and camera stand bought in reigate that used to belong to mr Evans.


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Jim Brennan from Inverness posted this comment on Saturday 23 May 2015 16:54:00.

Was there an earlier Woodhatch House? This looks late Victorian. Apparently this had been the address of GW Alexander, a London banker and bill-broker who had been the Treasurer of the British and Foreign Anti-slavery Society from 1840.


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Jon Alexander from Paris, France posted this comment on Friday 26 February 2016 14:18:00.

Can anyone clarify if the house portrayed in the 1910 photo here was the home of the Haywoods in 1870-1910, or of George William Alexander (b.1802; d.1890), the London banker and Treasurer of the Anti-Slavery Society? My information is that GWA lived at Woodhatch from 1883 (when he retired) until his death on 24 November 1890.


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Adrian Ballisat from Devon posted this comment on Tuesday 01 January 2019 22:34:19.

I lived at 'The Cottage' Crescent Rd until the 1970's. The cottage was semi-detached and we understood they were built as estate cottages for Woodhatch House (which I remember as a small boy). Ours was meant to be the gardeners cottage. I can find some old photos if anyone is interested.



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Ivy Bank School, Oakhill, Reigate. Boarding and day school for girls and kindergarten.

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Barbara Tucker from Steyning posted this comment on Friday 25 January 2013 09:45:00.

My late mother, Doris Penfold, and her four sisters attended Ivy Bank School in the early years of the 1900s.They lived in Blackborough Road, Reigate,where their father was a Stonemason until 1914,when he moved to the Armoury in Chart Lane as Sgt Major.


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Christine Iqbal from Murcia Spain posted this comment on Tuesday 23 July 2013 01:56:00.

It is amazing to see this photo of Ivy Bank School 50 years before I attended there, later known as North Bank Preparatory School,which ceased in about 1961, as Miss M Rayner, the Principal, retired. I have very happy memories of my time at that school and still remember the names of many of my fellow pupils.


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Christine Iqbal from Murcia Spain posted this comment on Tuesday 23 July 2013 21:45:00.

I love this photo of Ivy Bank School. Later the name was changed to North Bank Preparatory School and I attended there from 1952 until 1958. I have very happy memories of my time there and remember the names of many of my fellow pupils. I still have one "writing" book from the third year. I lived in Smoke Lane.


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Fay Ewbank from Brockham posted this comment on Wednesday 21 October 2015 22:27:00.

My late mother, Wendy Titshall, went to North Bank school - does anyone remember her?


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Liz Tattersall from Selby posted this comment on Sunday 28 October 2018 10:13:27.

If this is Ivy Bank on Blackborough Road, then it was in 1875 the home of one of my ancestors, James Duthoit. Wonderful to see this.


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Robyn lamond from Sydney Australia posted this comment on Friday 14 December 2018 02:19:30.

I also am related to James but strangely also to Catherine Christie who also live in Red hill Reigate in 1860 s. She marrie another ggg grandfather Peter Cheffins from Little Easton. Dunmow



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Reigate, Tunnel Road. Unknown date. Unknown publisher.

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Penny Clark from Reigate posted this comment on Thursday 13 December 2018 14:22:35.

My father Mr.C. Adams was employed at the Garage situated at the top of the tunnel in 1934, Wray Park Garages and one of my first vivid memories was that of my mother running and pushing the pram with my brother and I on board to take shelter in the caves during an air raid. My father was also a special in the Police force at the time.



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Wonham Manor. 1906.

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Sandra Arthurs (nee Wonham) from Kamloops, BC Canada posted this comment on Wednesday 06 January 2010 04:16:00.

This was in my Dad's family at some point in time - not sure of when but was there in Aug 2008 but only at the gate. Unfortunately, we could not get into the grounds. Would have been fab if we could have!!


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Gemma knight from Bexley posted this comment on Friday 14 October 2011 14:21:00.

My father in father - law's mother grew up here as daughter of the housekeeper and gardener and he often visited in his childhood in the 1930's. I would love to be able to take him back to visit so if anyone knows how that would be great!


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Peter Tucker from Reigate posted this comment on Wednesday 19 October 2011 16:06:00.

@ Sandra Arthurs: if this British history website (www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=42950) is reliable, the Wonham family appear to have owned Wonham Manor only until 1646.


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Ashley Wonham from Camden, NSW, Australia posted this comment on Monday 06 February 2012 00:31:00.

I am also a Wonham. we dont know much about our history but I would love to know more... Rumor through the family is that the Wonhams lost the Manor due to gambling debts?

I have always wanted to go and see Wonham Manor... Maybe one day :-)


Comment 5

Linda Peirce from Bexhill-on-Sea posted this comment on Wednesday 25 April 2012 04:00:00.

My mother was born and grew up here in the 1930's. Her father was chauffeur and they lived in a cottage in the grounds. She told me many tails of life there.


Comment 6

Linda Hudson from Bournemouth posted this comment on Tuesday 01 January 2013 06:47:00.

I was the housekeeper and my husband was the chef from 1976-1980, we lived in a cottage in the grounds, ''wilkie'' was the butler and we worked for Mr De-Lazlo and Lady Sharples.


Comment 7

Susan Wright from Golden, B.C. Canada posted this comment on Friday 01 March 2013 18:04:00.

Gemma Knight or Linda Peirce from comments #2 and 5. Please contact me at Box 527, Golden, B.C. V0A 1H0. I'm fairly sure we have the same ancestors. Would love to verify.


Comment 8

Leslie george Burgess from Deal,Kent,Ct14 6Bu posted this comment on Wednesday 22 January 2014 04:21:00.

My uncle was the Edward Wilkie The Butler at wonham Manor in the Mid Sixties up till he retired i think in the 1980 Approx,as a Boy I spent many School Holidays there along with My Sister Heather Burgess,we stay with My Uncle Edward Wilkie and Ethal Wilkie(Maiden Name :Burgess) in the Butlers Cottage,I remember Mr& Mrs De-Lazlo Very well there son,they had 3 Daughter's the Youngest being Charman De-lazlo, she had a pony called sailor, the Actor Oliver Read would come to stay sometimes, and my uncle Wilkie recovered him from the swimming pool a few time,after Mr Read had drake to much of the De-Lazlo's whisky,Princess Ann would come to stay and to go Horse Riding with the De-lazlo Girls,I can remember Mr Mac the Chef,and Mr Buzzbie the Gardener he had a wife and 3 boys 1 Daughter,they lived in the Cottage at the top of the main Drive way, I play in the Gardens with the Buzzbie Boy my sister Heather would Hang around the stables to get a ride on the Horse, she still Rides to this Day ,Thanks to the Free riding Lesson from the De-Lazlo Family I Learned to Swim in the De-Lazlo's Swimming pool,when they where away from the house,Very Happy Times, I would like to say thank you to the De-Lazlo Family for the kind way they treated my Uncle "Wilkie the Butler"


Comment 9

Jason Hughes from betchworth posted this comment on Monday 24 March 2014 22:38:00.

I have been at Wonham Manor now for 11 years.


Comment 10

Robbie Wilson from Reigate posted this comment on Wednesday 17 September 2014 11:59:00.

FAO Jason Hughes: Jason, I hope you don't mind me contacting you via here, but I was hoping to get in touch regarding information about the Wonham Estate, and therefore wondered if you would kindly contact me please? Many thanks.


Comment 11

jason hughes from Betchworth posted this comment on Tuesday 01 March 2016 15:51:00.

Your welcome to call or email me

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Comment 12

jason hughes from betchworth posted this comment on Saturday 19 November 2016 20:54:00.

You are welcome to come and visit at anytime. Just ring the bell on the Gates

Best wishes

Jason Hughes


Comment 13

Stephen dewar from Reigate posted this comment on Tuesday 13 December 2016 09:33:00.

Hi there Jason,

I was wondering if you might be able to advise what's happening in the grounds at the moment? Thanks!


Comment 14

Mark Simmons from Croydon posted this comment on Thursday 26 January 2017 10:35:00.

My maternal grandmother was a Wonham and I am doing history into the family and wondered if anyone can give me any details of the history of the Manor, Mill and Lane


Comment 15

Ken Dason from Burton on Trent posted this comment on Friday 11 August 2017 10:57:56.

After reading the comments posted. Comment 8 Lesley makes reference to my uncle Arthur Busby, the gardener. As a small boy, our family spent time during one summer (late 60's?)at the gate house for our holiday. From a northern industrial town (Scunthorpe) days spent in the country, exploring the woods and riding in the grass box on the tractor was heavenly. If business takes me in that direction, I would love to have a look at the place again after all these years.


Comment 16

Georgia Fitzgerald from reigate posted this comment on Sunday 26 November 2017 15:56:10.

Hello Comment 9 - Jason Hughes, are you still living there? If so I am a photographer and I am doing a project on ancient places of beauty would you let me know if your interested in letting me come visit one day. I live in reigate :) Georgia


Comment 17

jacqueline skinner from weymouth posted this comment on Friday 20 April 2018 21:22:05.

My grandparents lived in the gate house in the late 70s. Grandma being the housekeeper and grandad the gardener. As mentioned previously, i too swam in the pool, road my pony which was kept in the paddock next to the walled garden and walked across the stepping stones on the lake. I would wake up in the bedroom at the back of the bungalow with the horses looking threw the window. Does anyone remember the tortoise who used to pop up all around the garden? I believe my grandparents move when the De-Lazlo's moved on. I also remember 'wilkie' and Mr Mac but more by name than face as i was very young and enjoying the freedom of being an imaginary princess that the De-Lazlo's and this beautiful property allowed me to be. Such memories are priceless!!!


Comment 18

Alexandra Wolfenden from Manchester posted this comment on Saturday 16 June 2018 08:54:57.

Hi, would love to know if anyone followed Jason Hughes invitation and visited the Manor. Do we know if anyone resides there currently? Would love to visit, the history is fascinating. Alex


Comment 19

jason hughes from Wonham Manor posted this comment on Saturday 14 July 2018 21:34:33.

I have lived at Wonham Manor now for 16 years with my Wife and three boy's. You are more that welcome to pop round for Tea or coffee and walk around the grounds. View the Manor. Great to hear the stories above. Just write a letter to Wonham Manor, Betchworth, Surrey RH3 7AD with your details and I will ring / email you back.


Comment 20

Linda Herbert from Perth Australia posted this comment on Thursday 06 September 2018 05:55:01.

So good to read all of these comments. My father was a gardner and my mother one of the house keepers, approximately 1965. We lived in one of the Gardners Cottages on Wonham Lane. My father was Ronnie Skelton and my mum Isabella (Bella) I used to play with Charmian when she was home and the Busby children, I was very friendly with their daughter but sadly I can't remember her name. We rode to Redhill on our bikes one day and couldn't get back so Mr Busby had to come and collect us..I so remember Mr Mac and Wilkie, Mr Mac used to take my mum to Reigate to do her food shopping as we didn't own a car, they were all such lovely people. Sadly we were only there for approximately 1 year, we then moved onto Hadley Woods, Herts. My sister Margaret used to work in London with Damon De Lazlo. I was told the house had been demolished many years ago so it's good to hear it's still there and lived in. On my next visit to the UK I would love to visit the area, it's such a beautiful place.


Comment 21

David Laidlaw from Betchworth posted this comment on Sunday 11 November 2018 19:39:32.

Hi to anyone who lived in the Manor. I live opposite in Wonham Hill Cottage, built as service accommodation for 'Wonham Hill'. I'm trying to get a list of inhabitants of Wonham Hill Cottage since it was built c.1910. Any leads/info would be gratefully received.


Comment 22

jason hughes from wonham manor posted this comment on Sunday 11 November 2018 20:26:06.

will check my records tomorrow. Have paperwork going back to 1565 when wonham manor was built.


Comment 23

mark hancock from wallington posted this comment on Thursday 06 December 2018 17:35:37.

Hi i have cycled passed Wonham manor with my cycling club Anerley bc many times from about 1989 often wondered who lived there,how many deer are in the park,what the history of the place is.



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Chaldon Surrey Home Guard. 1940.

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Neil Uwins from Redhill posted this comment on Wednesday 28 November 2018 13:26:05.

First on the left is my Grandfather Percy James Manning, lived at Rockshaw Cottage.



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Naval Display to be held at the Drill Hall, Blackborough Road, Reigate. Wednesday 14th April 1943.

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Janet P Durbin from Leatherhead posted this comment on Saturday 24 November 2018 18:49:26.

I am a volunteer at NTPolesden Lacey. Major Frederick Gordon Gill was an office recovering here in WW1. I am writing biographies of all eighty officers. He often held/attended meeting at the Drill Hall, Shaws Corner as he was President of the Reigate Old Boy's ?? Lived in Old House, High Trees. Any information on him and his family very welcome.



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Wonham Manor. 1906.

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Sandra Arthurs (nee Wonham) from Kamloops, BC Canada posted this comment on Wednesday 06 January 2010 04:16:00.

This was in my Dad's family at some point in time - not sure of when but was there in Aug 2008 but only at the gate. Unfortunately, we could not get into the grounds. Would have been fab if we could have!!


Comment 2

Gemma knight from Bexley posted this comment on Friday 14 October 2011 14:21:00.

My father in father - law's mother grew up here as daughter of the housekeeper and gardener and he often visited in his childhood in the 1930's. I would love to be able to take him back to visit so if anyone knows how that would be great!


Comment 3

Peter Tucker from Reigate posted this comment on Wednesday 19 October 2011 16:06:00.

@ Sandra Arthurs: if this British history website (www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=42950) is reliable, the Wonham family appear to have owned Wonham Manor only until 1646.


Comment 4

Ashley Wonham from Camden, NSW, Australia posted this comment on Monday 06 February 2012 00:31:00.

I am also a Wonham. we dont know much about our history but I would love to know more... Rumor through the family is that the Wonhams lost the Manor due to gambling debts?

I have always wanted to go and see Wonham Manor... Maybe one day :-)


Comment 5

Linda Peirce from Bexhill-on-Sea posted this comment on Wednesday 25 April 2012 04:00:00.

My mother was born and grew up here in the 1930's. Her father was chauffeur and they lived in a cottage in the grounds. She told me many tails of life there.


Comment 6

Linda Hudson from Bournemouth posted this comment on Tuesday 01 January 2013 06:47:00.

I was the housekeeper and my husband was the chef from 1976-1980, we lived in a cottage in the grounds, ''wilkie'' was the butler and we worked for Mr De-Lazlo and Lady Sharples.


Comment 7

Susan Wright from Golden, B.C. Canada posted this comment on Friday 01 March 2013 18:04:00.

Gemma Knight or Linda Peirce from comments #2 and 5. Please contact me at Box 527, Golden, B.C. V0A 1H0. I'm fairly sure we have the same ancestors. Would love to verify.


Comment 8

Leslie george Burgess from Deal,Kent,Ct14 6Bu posted this comment on Wednesday 22 January 2014 04:21:00.

My uncle was the Edward Wilkie The Butler at wonham Manor in the Mid Sixties up till he retired i think in the 1980 Approx,as a Boy I spent many School Holidays there along with My Sister Heather Burgess,we stay with My Uncle Edward Wilkie and Ethal Wilkie(Maiden Name :Burgess) in the Butlers Cottage,I remember Mr& Mrs De-Lazlo Very well there son,they had 3 Daughter's the Youngest being Charman De-lazlo, she had a pony called sailor, the Actor Oliver Read would come to stay sometimes, and my uncle Wilkie recovered him from the swimming pool a few time,after Mr Read had drake to much of the De-Lazlo's whisky,Princess Ann would come to stay and to go Horse Riding with the De-lazlo Girls,I can remember Mr Mac the Chef,and Mr Buzzbie the Gardener he had a wife and 3 boys 1 Daughter,they lived in the Cottage at the top of the main Drive way, I play in the Gardens with the Buzzbie Boy my sister Heather would Hang around the stables to get a ride on the Horse, she still Rides to this Day ,Thanks to the Free riding Lesson from the De-Lazlo Family I Learned to Swim in the De-Lazlo's Swimming pool,when they where away from the house,Very Happy Times, I would like to say thank you to the De-Lazlo Family for the kind way they treated my Uncle "Wilkie the Butler"


Comment 9

Jason Hughes from betchworth posted this comment on Monday 24 March 2014 22:38:00.

I have been at Wonham Manor now for 11 years.


Comment 10

Robbie Wilson from Reigate posted this comment on Wednesday 17 September 2014 11:59:00.

FAO Jason Hughes: Jason, I hope you don't mind me contacting you via here, but I was hoping to get in touch regarding information about the Wonham Estate, and therefore wondered if you would kindly contact me please? Many thanks.


Comment 11

jason hughes from Betchworth posted this comment on Tuesday 01 March 2016 15:51:00.

Your welcome to call or email me

(phone number removed by oldreigate)


Comment 12

jason hughes from betchworth posted this comment on Saturday 19 November 2016 20:54:00.

You are welcome to come and visit at anytime. Just ring the bell on the Gates

Best wishes

Jason Hughes


Comment 13

Stephen dewar from Reigate posted this comment on Tuesday 13 December 2016 09:33:00.

Hi there Jason,

I was wondering if you might be able to advise what's happening in the grounds at the moment? Thanks!


Comment 14

Mark Simmons from Croydon posted this comment on Thursday 26 January 2017 10:35:00.

My maternal grandmother was a Wonham and I am doing history into the family and wondered if anyone can give me any details of the history of the Manor, Mill and Lane


Comment 15

Ken Dason from Burton on Trent posted this comment on Friday 11 August 2017 10:57:56.

After reading the comments posted. Comment 8 Lesley makes reference to my uncle Arthur Busby, the gardener. As a small boy, our family spent time during one summer (late 60's?)at the gate house for our holiday. From a northern industrial town (Scunthorpe) days spent in the country, exploring the woods and riding in the grass box on the tractor was heavenly. If business takes me in that direction, I would love to have a look at the place again after all these years.


Comment 16

Georgia Fitzgerald from reigate posted this comment on Sunday 26 November 2017 15:56:10.

Hello Comment 9 - Jason Hughes, are you still living there? If so I am a photographer and I am doing a project on ancient places of beauty would you let me know if your interested in letting me come visit one day. I live in reigate :) Georgia


Comment 17

jacqueline skinner from weymouth posted this comment on Friday 20 April 2018 21:22:05.

My grandparents lived in the gate house in the late 70s. Grandma being the housekeeper and grandad the gardener. As mentioned previously, i too swam in the pool, road my pony which was kept in the paddock next to the walled garden and walked across the stepping stones on the lake. I would wake up in the bedroom at the back of the bungalow with the horses looking threw the window. Does anyone remember the tortoise who used to pop up all around the garden? I believe my grandparents move when the De-Lazlo's moved on. I also remember 'wilkie' and Mr Mac but more by name than face as i was very young and enjoying the freedom of being an imaginary princess that the De-Lazlo's and this beautiful property allowed me to be. Such memories are priceless!!!


Comment 18

Alexandra Wolfenden from Manchester posted this comment on Saturday 16 June 2018 08:54:57.

Hi, would love to know if anyone followed Jason Hughes invitation and visited the Manor. Do we know if anyone resides there currently? Would love to visit, the history is fascinating. Alex


Comment 19

jason hughes from Wonham Manor posted this comment on Saturday 14 July 2018 21:34:33.

I have lived at Wonham Manor now for 16 years with my Wife and three boy's. You are more that welcome to pop round for Tea or coffee and walk around the grounds. View the Manor. Great to hear the stories above. Just write a letter to Wonham Manor, Betchworth, Surrey RH3 7AD with your details and I will ring / email you back.


Comment 20

Linda Herbert from Perth Australia posted this comment on Thursday 06 September 2018 05:55:01.

So good to read all of these comments. My father was a gardner and my mother one of the house keepers, approximately 1965. We lived in one of the Gardners Cottages on Wonham Lane. My father was Ronnie Skelton and my mum Isabella (Bella) I used to play with Charmian when she was home and the Busby children, I was very friendly with their daughter but sadly I can't remember her name. We rode to Redhill on our bikes one day and couldn't get back so Mr Busby had to come and collect us..I so remember Mr Mac and Wilkie, Mr Mac used to take my mum to Reigate to do her food shopping as we didn't own a car, they were all such lovely people. Sadly we were only there for approximately 1 year, we then moved onto Hadley Woods, Herts. My sister Margaret used to work in London with Damon De Lazlo. I was told the house had been demolished many years ago so it's good to hear it's still there and lived in. On my next visit to the UK I would love to visit the area, it's such a beautiful place.


Comment 21

David Laidlaw from Betchworth posted this comment on Sunday 11 November 2018 19:39:32.

Hi to anyone who lived in the Manor. I live opposite in Wonham Hill Cottage, built as service accommodation for 'Wonham Hill'. I'm trying to get a list of inhabitants of Wonham Hill Cottage since it was built c.1910. Any leads/info would be gratefully received.


Comment 22

jason hughes from wonham manor posted this comment on Sunday 11 November 2018 20:26:06.

will check my records tomorrow. Have paperwork going back to 1565 when wonham manor was built.


Comment 23

mark hancock from wallington posted this comment on Thursday 06 December 2018 17:35:37.

Hi i have cycled passed Wonham manor with my cycling club Anerley bc many times from about 1989 often wondered who lived there,how many deer are in the park,what the history of the place is.



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Wonham Manor. 1906.

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Sandra Arthurs (nee Wonham) from Kamloops, BC Canada posted this comment on Wednesday 06 January 2010 04:16:00.

This was in my Dad's family at some point in time - not sure of when but was there in Aug 2008 but only at the gate. Unfortunately, we could not get into the grounds. Would have been fab if we could have!!


Comment 2

Gemma knight from Bexley posted this comment on Friday 14 October 2011 14:21:00.

My father in father - law's mother grew up here as daughter of the housekeeper and gardener and he often visited in his childhood in the 1930's. I would love to be able to take him back to visit so if anyone knows how that would be great!


Comment 3

Peter Tucker from Reigate posted this comment on Wednesday 19 October 2011 16:06:00.

@ Sandra Arthurs: if this British history website (www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=42950) is reliable, the Wonham family appear to have owned Wonham Manor only until 1646.


Comment 4

Ashley Wonham from Camden, NSW, Australia posted this comment on Monday 06 February 2012 00:31:00.

I am also a Wonham. we dont know much about our history but I would love to know more... Rumor through the family is that the Wonhams lost the Manor due to gambling debts?

I have always wanted to go and see Wonham Manor... Maybe one day :-)


Comment 5

Linda Peirce from Bexhill-on-Sea posted this comment on Wednesday 25 April 2012 04:00:00.

My mother was born and grew up here in the 1930's. Her father was chauffeur and they lived in a cottage in the grounds. She told me many tails of life there.


Comment 6

Linda Hudson from Bournemouth posted this comment on Tuesday 01 January 2013 06:47:00.

I was the housekeeper and my husband was the chef from 1976-1980, we lived in a cottage in the grounds, ''wilkie'' was the butler and we worked for Mr De-Lazlo and Lady Sharples.


Comment 7

Susan Wright from Golden, B.C. Canada posted this comment on Friday 01 March 2013 18:04:00.

Gemma Knight or Linda Peirce from comments #2 and 5. Please contact me at Box 527, Golden, B.C. V0A 1H0. I'm fairly sure we have the same ancestors. Would love to verify.


Comment 8

Leslie george Burgess from Deal,Kent,Ct14 6Bu posted this comment on Wednesday 22 January 2014 04:21:00.

My uncle was the Edward Wilkie The Butler at wonham Manor in the Mid Sixties up till he retired i think in the 1980 Approx,as a Boy I spent many School Holidays there along with My Sister Heather Burgess,we stay with My Uncle Edward Wilkie and Ethal Wilkie(Maiden Name :Burgess) in the Butlers Cottage,I remember Mr& Mrs De-Lazlo Very well there son,they had 3 Daughter's the Youngest being Charman De-lazlo, she had a pony called sailor, the Actor Oliver Read would come to stay sometimes, and my uncle Wilkie recovered him from the swimming pool a few time,after Mr Read had drake to much of the De-Lazlo's whisky,Princess Ann would come to stay and to go Horse Riding with the De-lazlo Girls,I can remember Mr Mac the Chef,and Mr Buzzbie the Gardener he had a wife and 3 boys 1 Daughter,they lived in the Cottage at the top of the main Drive way, I play in the Gardens with the Buzzbie Boy my sister Heather would Hang around the stables to get a ride on the Horse, she still Rides to this Day ,Thanks to the Free riding Lesson from the De-Lazlo Family I Learned to Swim in the De-Lazlo's Swimming pool,when they where away from the house,Very Happy Times, I would like to say thank you to the De-Lazlo Family for the kind way they treated my Uncle "Wilkie the Butler"


Comment 9

Jason Hughes from betchworth posted this comment on Monday 24 March 2014 22:38:00.

I have been at Wonham Manor now for 11 years.


Comment 10

Robbie Wilson from Reigate posted this comment on Wednesday 17 September 2014 11:59:00.

FAO Jason Hughes: Jason, I hope you don't mind me contacting you via here, but I was hoping to get in touch regarding information about the Wonham Estate, and therefore wondered if you would kindly contact me please? Many thanks.


Comment 11

jason hughes from Betchworth posted this comment on Tuesday 01 March 2016 15:51:00.

Your welcome to call or email me

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Comment 12

jason hughes from betchworth posted this comment on Saturday 19 November 2016 20:54:00.

You are welcome to come and visit at anytime. Just ring the bell on the Gates

Best wishes

Jason Hughes


Comment 13

Stephen dewar from Reigate posted this comment on Tuesday 13 December 2016 09:33:00.

Hi there Jason,

I was wondering if you might be able to advise what's happening in the grounds at the moment? Thanks!


Comment 14

Mark Simmons from Croydon posted this comment on Thursday 26 January 2017 10:35:00.

My maternal grandmother was a Wonham and I am doing history into the family and wondered if anyone can give me any details of the history of the Manor, Mill and Lane


Comment 15

Ken Dason from Burton on Trent posted this comment on Friday 11 August 2017 10:57:56.

After reading the comments posted. Comment 8 Lesley makes reference to my uncle Arthur Busby, the gardener. As a small boy, our family spent time during one summer (late 60's?)at the gate house for our holiday. From a northern industrial town (Scunthorpe) days spent in the country, exploring the woods and riding in the grass box on the tractor was heavenly. If business takes me in that direction, I would love to have a look at the place again after all these years.


Comment 16

Georgia Fitzgerald from reigate posted this comment on Sunday 26 November 2017 15:56:10.

Hello Comment 9 - Jason Hughes, are you still living there? If so I am a photographer and I am doing a project on ancient places of beauty would you let me know if your interested in letting me come visit one day. I live in reigate :) Georgia


Comment 17

jacqueline skinner from weymouth posted this comment on Friday 20 April 2018 21:22:05.

My grandparents lived in the gate house in the late 70s. Grandma being the housekeeper and grandad the gardener. As mentioned previously, i too swam in the pool, road my pony which was kept in the paddock next to the walled garden and walked across the stepping stones on the lake. I would wake up in the bedroom at the back of the bungalow with the horses looking threw the window. Does anyone remember the tortoise who used to pop up all around the garden? I believe my grandparents move when the De-Lazlo's moved on. I also remember 'wilkie' and Mr Mac but more by name than face as i was very young and enjoying the freedom of being an imaginary princess that the De-Lazlo's and this beautiful property allowed me to be. Such memories are priceless!!!


Comment 18

Alexandra Wolfenden from Manchester posted this comment on Saturday 16 June 2018 08:54:57.

Hi, would love to know if anyone followed Jason Hughes invitation and visited the Manor. Do we know if anyone resides there currently? Would love to visit, the history is fascinating. Alex


Comment 19

jason hughes from Wonham Manor posted this comment on Saturday 14 July 2018 21:34:33.

I have lived at Wonham Manor now for 16 years with my Wife and three boy's. You are more that welcome to pop round for Tea or coffee and walk around the grounds. View the Manor. Great to hear the stories above. Just write a letter to Wonham Manor, Betchworth, Surrey RH3 7AD with your details and I will ring / email you back.


Comment 20

Linda Herbert from Perth Australia posted this comment on Thursday 06 September 2018 05:55:01.

So good to read all of these comments. My father was a gardner and my mother one of the house keepers, approximately 1965. We lived in one of the Gardners Cottages on Wonham Lane. My father was Ronnie Skelton and my mum Isabella (Bella) I used to play with Charmian when she was home and the Busby children, I was very friendly with their daughter but sadly I can't remember her name. We rode to Redhill on our bikes one day and couldn't get back so Mr Busby had to come and collect us..I so remember Mr Mac and Wilkie, Mr Mac used to take my mum to Reigate to do her food shopping as we didn't own a car, they were all such lovely people. Sadly we were only there for approximately 1 year, we then moved onto Hadley Woods, Herts. My sister Margaret used to work in London with Damon De Lazlo. I was told the house had been demolished many years ago so it's good to hear it's still there and lived in. On my next visit to the UK I would love to visit the area, it's such a beautiful place.


Comment 21

David Laidlaw from Betchworth posted this comment on Sunday 11 November 2018 19:39:32.

Hi to anyone who lived in the Manor. I live opposite in Wonham Hill Cottage, built as service accommodation for 'Wonham Hill'. I'm trying to get a list of inhabitants of Wonham Hill Cottage since it was built c.1910. Any leads/info would be gratefully received.


Comment 22

jason hughes from wonham manor posted this comment on Sunday 11 November 2018 20:26:06.

will check my records tomorrow. Have paperwork going back to 1565 when wonham manor was built.


Comment 23

mark hancock from wallington posted this comment on Thursday 06 December 2018 17:35:37.

Hi i have cycled passed Wonham manor with my cycling club Anerley bc many times from about 1989 often wondered who lived there,how many deer are in the park,what the history of the place is.



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William (Bill) Armstrong from Kidderminster posted this comment on Thursday 07 September 2017 15:42:45.

This is how I remember the lane and the school, which I attended from 1952 (I think!) until 1955 (definitely). The head was Miss Pocock and my form teachers, in order were Miss Triman, Miss Dunn and Mr. Couston. I'm not sure about the spelling of the first of these but do recall that she was known as Fatty! In the very early days, there was a Mr. Craighill, again not sure about the spelling and later and from Oz I think, a Mrs. Fink, who drove a pre-war Wolseley. I'd like to hear from anyone who was in my class. Cheers and best wishes, Bill


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BARRIE GILBERT from TADWORTH posted this comment on Saturday 27 October 2018 15:31:01.

I attended here 1955-1959 I remember Miss POCOCK very well Myself and two girls ..we all lived on the then new and unfinished PRESTON HAWE ESTATE..were first taken by coach from the estate to Walton by coach After about 6 months all the pupils from the estate were offered places at Picquets way, but the 3 of us loved that school so much we decided to stay We had to catch the 80a bus from Shelvers way to the Chequers by ourselves every school day..was so safe then! Sometime Miss Pocock would give us a lift home in her BOND 3 wheeler..We kept in touch for a number of years after the 3 of us moved to the NEW DeBurgh school I went into the old school (now community centre) for the first time in over 50 years last year..what memories!!


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Bill Armstrong from Kidderminster posted this comment on Wednesday 07 November 2018 16:28:08.

You must have had to walk the length of Shelvers Way to get the 80A - I believe that the bus stop in question was more widely known as Waterhouse Lane, which was the road leading to Kingswood village. Miss Pocock's first car was a Series 1 Morris Eight with, if I recall correctly, faded green paintwork. I do remember that soon after passing her driving test, she seemed to put what was then known as "Kangaroo Petrol" in the tank! I never had a ride in either the Morris or the Bond Minicar but did have some in Mrs. Fink's Wolseley. Also some pillion rides (no crash helmet of course)on Mr. Couston's Francis-Barnet motorbike - before he got this, he had a pushbike with a Cyclemaster engine in the rear wheel.



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