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Banstead Village

Blind Lane
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Blind Lane

Blind Lane ran north west from a point near the junction of Sutton Lane with Croydon Lane. It was also known as Pig Lane on account of the pigsties that bordered it. It went to the railway bridge on Banstead Downs from where other tracks radiated.
Little has seemingly changed. The path can still be followed – from Flint Close, off Sutton Lane, across Winkworth Road, and passing between the back gardens of Commonfield Road and those of Heath Close, The Maples, etc., one arrives at the railway bridge.
On the reverse of this card of c1910 the boy on the left is identified as Cyril How, and the boy standing on the right as Arthur Noonan. Given the need to carry bulky photographic equipment it was probably taken close to Sutton Lane.
Picture added on 24 April 2011 at 13:22
Blind Lane was almost certainly not always 'blind'. It is the best candidate for 'Cheam Way' and 'Cheam Lane' of the 1680 Extent of the Manor of Banstead, running through the common field, and some of the parcels of land around 'Shelf' (the present area around the top of Salisbury Road) reference it. It is, as Tony Goring says, still walkable today, and is a deep Holloway in parts. Pre-dating the railway, (which now diverts it slightly), it aligns on the footpath across the downs and Burdon Lane, Cheam. It continues as the footpath south to Fiddicroft Avenue, and hence to Well Farm, or 'Wardons' as it used to be called.
Added by Jan Burbridge on 21 November 2017
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