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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.

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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