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Banstead Village

The Old Forge
The Banstead Image Library
The Old Forge

This is the site of the forge taken around 1985. The High street was widened during the redevelopment of the eastern end of the village, and the exact position of the forge would be nearer the middle of the road.
Picture added on 20 October 2009 at 16:47
The forge and the sweetshop next to it were demolished when a German V1 fell in 1944. The old Woolpack Inn was also demolished. There was only one casualty, a Canadian soldier who threw himself on top of a young girl who survived the blast. The original "Woolpack" had steps leading from the road to the front door with a flat platform where horse drawn coaches could stop to allow passengers to get off.

Note from LNW: Tony, the V1 fell on the 8th August 1944 and the soldier who was killed was Donald Victor Horsley aged 18, T/14733743 900 Motor Transport Company, son of Albert and Lilian Horsley of Streatham Hill. He is buried at Streatham Park Cemetery, Grave Ref: Square 21A. Grave 30616.
Added by Tony Collinson on 18 April 2017
Lewis, Thanks. Clearly I was misinformed at the time
Added by TonyCollinson on 21 April 2017
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