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Banstead Village

The Mint Public House in Park Road Banstead
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The Mint Public House in Park Road Banstead

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Picture added on 18 October 2009 at 13:47
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In the 1901 census my Great Grand father Henry King was living with his second wife Anne at number 10 Mint cottages; these cottages run along side the Mint Pub.
Added by Christine Kent on 20 October 2009
8 Mint Cottages, along with countless other properties had been requisitioned in the war, by Banstead Urban District Council. In 1955 I was due to be married and, like countless other young couples, was desperately seeking somewhere we could live; flats (usually furnished) were like gold dust, and often had many punitive restrictions on the tenancy. Working at the Gas board in Sutton at the time, I noticed that 8 Mint Cottages was due to be de-requisitioned, so off I cycled in my lunch hour to try to "bag" it. I pedalled back to Sutton crestfallen, having been told by a workman on site that the properties were being offered to folks on a priority waiting list. I followed-up over 150 addresses before having to accept a two-roomed furnished flat at North Cheam!
Added by Bill Mallion on 07 June 2011
The Wood family (My aunt Nora, uncle Bob and cousin Lucy) lived in number 6 Mint Cottages for about 40years from the mid 1940's.

Uncle Bob worked on his uncle Arthur's farm (in Park Road) along with a jovial character by the name of "Porky" Latter.

"Porky" and his family (including a son named Raymond) lived in a house near the farm, on the opposite side of the road to "The Mint" Public House.

I remember someone in Mint Cottages decorating the outside of their house with Union Flags. to celebrate their son's homecoming from his posting abroad?

These are my memories from my holidays in the 1950's, early 60's.
Added by Stuart Forster on 01 February 2013
Just as a matter of interest, my father (Mac Boyce)managed Place Farm (opposite the Mint)from the late 1960's into the late 70's. Harry Latter & wife and Ray were still there. The builder A.J. Waite owned the farm, we lived in Apsley House during that time and later in the newly built Tracery built by A.J. in Park Road. I used to know the Shone family who ran the Mint during that time.
Added by Doug Boyce on 28 February 2013
I worked at the Mint for a while in the early 70's. I remember the landlord, Bob Shone, disappearing every Saturday evening, he would come back before closing time with loads of seafood, crabs, prawns, etc., the regulars were then invited to a lock-in after closing to enjoy these delights. We were lucky that the police never called in as we often didn't get rid of the last customers until well after 2.00 am.!! I also recall in the early 50's visiting my grandparent who lived at the bungalow attached to the ammunition depot. My grandfather was in charge of this establishment during the war and they lived at the bungalow until the early 50's when they moved to one of the pre-fabs in Chetwode Road. I could only have about 3 or 4 years old but still recall my gran plucking chickens for a local farmer or butcher, the room would be full of feathers which were always put to good use stuffing cushions and pillows.
Added by Liz Williams on 30 April 2013
My mother-in-law, Helen Nicholson (nee Hillman) said she was born in Mint Cottages (1905). The 1901 census shows the family lived at Park Farm Cottage and the 1911 census as Park Farm. Later they moved to Stagbury Cottages (then two separate cottages) and Alfred worked on the Garton's estate. John Hillman, their son, died in WW1 (14 July) and is listed on Banstead War Memorial. Helen and her brothers would walk from up Park Road to school in the village and sometimes walk to Hedley to visit their grandparents. I too went to that school starting about 1940 as did my future husband Leslie Nicholson.
Added by Marie Nicholson (nee Burgess) on 11 March 2018
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