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"Hethersett", Reigate. 1920. Unknown publisher.

Comment 1
    Patricia Aubrey from Ascot, Berkshire posted this comment on 18/06/2011 at 12:15
    Hethersett belonged to my great-uncle - Julius Auerbach and lived there with his wife, Helena Auerbach from 1894 to 1956. It is our family home.
    However,unfortunately, because my father, Harold Auerbach, his nephew, did not continue the family busines - Dreyfus & Co - Julius's wife, Helena, left the house to the secretary who in turn left it to the RNIB in 1952 to set up a Residential home for the blind. We have several photos of the house and some original etchings. The house should have gone back to the family but we did not claim it. I went to visit it myself in 1991. If you would like further information about the house or its owner, Julius Auerbach - please contact me via my e-mail address: - Patricia Aubrey (formerly Auerbach)- great-niece of Julius Auerbach.

Comment 2
    Charlotte Copus-Hayes from Clapton, London posted this comment on 27/04/2012 at 00:29
    I'm interested to know about a gallery called Hethersett Galleries on Philanthropic Rd. Was it based in this house? I bought a pencil illustration in a charity shop which has the gallery's sticker on the back. The frame looks 1970s ish style. In particular does anyone know of a link to E H Shepard as the drawong is of one of his Winnie the Pooh illustrations but probably a copy by someone else ( no visible signature). Fascinating to read about the house, though I've. no local connection.
    Charlotte

Comment 3
    rue from London posted this comment on 14/01/2013 at 16:49
    This looks very Gothic, almost worthy of Horace Walpole.
    As a matter of interest, can anyone tell me what was on the land in Gatton Park road, where the modern Parkside Court now is?
    It must have been a substantial house, or hospital perhaps.

Comment 4
    David Harrington from Reigate posted this comment on 13/06/2013 at 10:58
    I would love to see any other photographs of Hethersett House. My late father was associated to the RNIB for some years.

Comment 5
    David Rogers from Kemsing, Kent posted this comment on 02/11/2015 at 19:16
    I went there with my school in 1975 to play cricket. The blind school had a team that played using a large ball filled with lead shot so that they could hear where the ball was. I have very fond memories of a lovely summer's evening. My form master at Purley Boys also worked at Hetherset.

Comment 6
    Peter Steward from Hethersett posted this comment on 11/04/2016 at 21:52
    I run a web site and electronic magazine for Hethersett which is a village about six miles from Norwich on the London Road and just off the main A11. I have been told that the original owner came from Hethersett in Norfolk. I come from Hethersett and ironically my niece lives in Reigate but has never mentioned Hethersett House

Comment 7
    Anne McLaughlin from Limpsfield Surrey posted this comment on 17/10/2016 at 13:45
    I have been researching my family tree and found that my great great uncle was Head Gardener and lived at Hethersett Lodge, Wray Lane in 1901. I wonder if he worked for the Auerbach family at Hethersett. He later had a nursery and florist shop in Wray Lane which his son took over. If anyone can confirm this or has any photos I would love to hear from you. Anne

Comment 8
    Patricia Auerbach from London posted this comment on 17/10/2016 at 15:42
    Yes your great great uncle worked for my great uncle Julius Auerbach. He owned Hethersett from 1890 - 1924. He died in September, 1924 age 64 years. His wife continued to live there for a few years before selling it on. She passed away in 1955.
    Regards Patricia Aubrey

Comment 9
    Michael Orrow from Rochdale posted this comment on 13/12/2016 at 11:37
    was a pupil at Heathersett in 1975. I also remember the cricket match on the common that David Rogers is referring to. Funny the things we remember. I remember it as I played Silly Mid Off and managed to take and hold on to a well struck ball. Took the wind out of me.


Comment 10
    kathy atherton from dorking posted this comment on 22/02/2017 at 18:02
    I am researching the history of the campaign for the vote in the dorking/reigate area. Mrs Auerback (helena, Julius's wife) was very active in the non-militant campaign and hosted many events at Heathersett. are there any photos of her surviving?

Comment 11
    Patricia Aubrey from Acton,London, W3 7BH posted this comment on 25/02/2017 at 00:11
    Dear Kathy,

    Thank-you for your interest in my family. Yes, I have one photo of my great aunt Helena Auerbach. I don't have it scanned at the moment. She was on various committees - I believe she was the Treasurer on most of them - of the Suffragette movement during the 1920's. There is quite a lot of information about her on the internet if you just google her name - and more photos of her. Please contact me anytime, should you want further info. You can email me or call me on my mobile - 07716311400 . Kind Regards - Patricia Aubrey (Auerbach).


Comment 12
    Anthony Twyman from Clacton posted this comment on 11/04/2017 at 13:26
    My parents were friends with Hellen and Jasper Otley who lived in the gatehouse in the mid-50's. I remember seeing the main house in a sorry state having been damaged during WWII with the upper floors and the contents of the rooms (beds/wardrobes etc) in clear view. I was about 8 years old at the time.

Comment 13
    Anthony Twyman from Clacton posted this comment on 17/04/2017 at 10:08
    Comment number 12. My apologies to Hetherset, I was confusing it with Quarry HiLL house and Lodge.

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Stone House, Reigate. 1907. F. Frith & Co. Ltd.

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Stone House, Reigate. 1915. F. Frith & Co. Ltd.

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    Wendy Redhead (nee Lewin) from Jeffreyston, Pembrokeshire posted this comment on 10/01/2017 at 16:53
    I have just started researching my family history. The Surrey Electoral Registers show my paternal grandparents, John Reuben & Lillian Kate Lewin, were resident at Little Gatton from 1945 to 1947 and the entry for 1947 includes A "malcolm Campbell". I remember my grandmother telling me she was in service to Sir Malcom Campbell for a time. I know from the 1939 Register they were butler and cook to a stockbroker in Chertsey so they may well have served the same functions for Sir Malcolm. Sadly I don't have any photographs relating to this period of their lives and I would be very grateful to receive any photos (especially any showing Little Gatton as it was in the mid 1940's and/or the servants at that time) or any other relevant information.

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View from the Terrace, Stone House, Reigate. 1904. F. Frith & Co. Ltd.

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The Pond, Stone House, Reigate. 1904. F. Frith & Co. Ltd.

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Stoneleigh, Reigate. 1916. Unknown publisher.

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"Little Gatton", home of the late Sir Donald Campbell. 1956. Unknown publisher.

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    jaqueline mitchell from cirencester posted this comment on 26/09/2011 at 10:38
    i have discovered that my father lived at Little Gatton as a small child. I wondered if you had any more pictures/information.

Comment 2
    Phyl Gordon from Croydon posted this comment on 07/01/2012 at 13:37
    I used to stay at Little Gatton as a small child

Comment 3
    Georgina Hayman nee Lowe from Swansea posted this comment on 03/02/2012 at 02:27
    My parents used to live at Quarry Hill House 1959-1986/and then built Old Garden House 1986-1993 (ish!) on Gatton Road. I used to visit Little Gatton very frequently to visit my friend; the house then belonged to the Smedley family (of frozen pea fame). There used to be a bothy to the side of the house that we used to love playing houses in. The garages to the side were used to keep the famous racing cars in when the house belonged to the Campbell family.

    There were 2 large houses at the end of Gatton Road near Wray Common, Nethercote (only the Lodge remains now) and Greystones (nothing left), and Hethersett opposite Little Gatton. Quarry Hill House has perhaps survived because it was divided up and the owners never agreed together to have it demolished. Before us, from the 1950s, Colonel Bain, the Cox family, & the Pettit family and the Darnell family lived at Quarry Hill House. Over the years the Trembath family, the Lowe family, the Holbrook family, the Warner family , then the Kirton family lived in various divisions of the house. I have lost track since the 1990s.

    When we moved to Gatton Road in 1959 there were very few other houses in Gatton Road. The views across the countryside were spectacular and everywhere was light and open. I am saddened to find now how many heavy evergreen trees are around, and how dense the hedging is. However I still remember the wonderful walks across the Downs especially with our two dogs.

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    Joanna Friel from Chislehurst posted this comment on 12/12/2012 at 14:06
    I believe this is the house where Sir Malcolm Campbell died, he was born and s buried in Chislehurst, Kent. Does this house still exist, can anyone send me a photograph?

Comment 5
    David Evans from Bexley posted this comment on 24/12/2012 at 02:16
    This house still exists. My mum lives just along the road from it.
    part of the garden has been built on in recent years but the house and garages remain apparently well cared for

Comment 6
    Linda Holloway (nee Middleton from Cullompton, Devon posted this comment on 28/01/2014 at 14:22
    All these postings about Gatton Road ring many bells with me as my family built one of the houses in Gatton Close in 1961/62, (there were 4 others on the new-road site) and stayed there until the mid 1980s. The plot (Hillview) was incredibly steep but the views from the top were magnificent. My parents were very keen gardeners and landscaped it beautifully into beds, paths and terraces. That top boundary was between us and Hethersett grounds.
    Georgina, I remember coming to your house to play, and also we used to go to the Smedleys house to play with a friend there, but I cannot remember her name.

    I also used to visit Hethersett because another friend lived there as her father worked at the School for the Blind. I recall being invited to go around the work rooms to watch what the people there were making: it was a hive of industry and training and I remember being amazed at it all.

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Speed racer dies - Sir Malcolm Campbell, Brisith auto and speed boat racer,
died in Reigate, Surrey, England today. He was 63. He was the first man to
travel on the ground at a speed of more than 300 miles an hour.
Jan 1st 1948. Associated Press.

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