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Banstead Village

the lake Burgh Heath
The Banstead Image Library
the lake Burgh Heath

This was taken in 1954 by a deceased woman from Sydney, Australia, whose photo album of her trip to the UK that year was found by me in a junk shop in Sydney.

The photo is entitled "Lake, Burgh Heath".

NOTE FROM WEBMASTER Can anyone tell us more about the properties in the distance?
Picture added on 26 November 2011 at 22:34
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In the years between about 1945 and 1950 I well remember paddling in the pond with my brother and sister as children. We used to catch sticklebacks and newts in a piece of old sacking! We always went in a group of local children especially during school holidays. We would walk along the Brighton Road from our home in Ferndale Road and often took a picnic with us. Happy days!
Added by Pat Newell (nee Bromley) on 07 January 2012
Yes. I remember that. I was 11 in 1954.

The picture is taken on the south side looking slightly East of North. The white houses in the distance are on the North side of the A240, next to the Galleon swimming pool. On the left of them there is path across the common, where Deates (Deets?) stores on Brighton Road let their geese (and gander sometimes) graze the common. The Methodist Chapel is on opposite side of the pond. The conifers seen in the distance in line with the roof are the two that stood outside the entrance to Cold Blow on the A217. One of these still stands today (unless it’s been felled recently). The building in view between the school and the white houses is the back of the Corn Stores. The very large tree is next to the general stores; the entrance faces to the right of the picture so you can’t see it. I’m pretty sure this was Privetts Stores.

One year the whole pond was mostly frozen and many people were skating; the enormous block of ice rocked slightly according to the communal weight distribution of the skaters.

This pond had numerous frog tadpoles in it, but the small pond about 100yds or so to the West had hundreds of newts in it.

Compare the Frith Postcard from almost the same viewpoint on their website burgh-heath/photos/the-pond-1968_b723018/

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Added by Michael Funnell on 12 February 2012
Yes I remember those geese - and ganders - as I used to be so scared to walk through them on the way to school. I used to go the longer way round and then be too ashamed to admit why I was late. When we used to get our penny worth of sweets the shop there was known as Bertha's. I also remember the corn stores and catching newts and sticklebacks in the pond and I remember plenty of lizards on the heath. I remember that ice too. I had a friend who lived in Walton on the Hill and we used to have bitter arguments about whose pond was the better - all the way to school on the 406 to Reigate.
Added by Jackie Fearnley (nee Shreeve) on 09 May 2012
I remember paddling here myself, in 1960, when I was twelve. I had been told not to... I stepped on a broken bottle and was hauled out by some kind person. My foot was dripping blood. I lay on the ground while a policeman called an ambulance. It came quickly - one of those large old cream ones. The bell clanged as I was carted off to be stitched up. My mother had a huge shock when the policeman stood on her doorstep and told her the news. Not my finest hour!
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