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Banstead Village

Banstead High Street (west end)
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Banstead High Street (west end)

As far as I can remember the Glass Works were behind the Stanley Bailey Coal
Office. That means they lay between Winkworth Cottage (of delicious cream cakes
fame) and Wingfield House (no such fame). The present small service road is
probably at the site. I would guess that the wall at the left-hand edge in the old
photo (picture #131) is probably the east wall of Wingfield House.
Although I remember breaking a window or two at 9 Wilmot Way (catapults and
cricket balls come to mind) I don’t think it would have been sensible to have
accompanied my father to the glass works as it might have resulted in a shortfall in
the pocket money.

Note from LNW: This response is in reply to a discussion about these shops and the Glass Works started on picture 131 (RAYLEC). Date of photo estimated as 1950. Awaiting confirmation.
Picture added on 21 February 2012 at 19:48
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I would agree with the comments made here about position of the Glass Works. I think the building in the extreme left of the picture is the Victoria and Wingfield House can be seen between that and the Coal Office. The entrance to the Works was between Wingfield House and the Coal Office. A building is visible between the lamp post and Cullens. Is it the Glass Works? I think it could be. The large conifers, or some of them I think, were in the Eastern side of the pub garden which was at the rear of the pub. Also in this photo notice how the High Street narrows on its Southern side. The last shop on this on this parade (on the wide section) was FW Woolworth with its wooden flooring. Banstead's first self service store! Next to that was the South Suburban Co-op with the wire pulley system for sending cash to the central cashier!
Added by Michael Funnell on 06 April 2012
The boards on the fencing next to Scotts shop advertised films showing at the Odeon cinemas, both at Sutton and Epsom if I remember correctly. They seemed to be a permanent fixture. I think the Gaumont, Sutton may also have advertised here or on an adjacent board, but I am not certain.
Added by Michael Funnell on 10 April 2012
Does anyone know where in the High street this is, is it where the Italian restaurant on the corner is??

Reply from LNW; Hi Rosetta, yes that is exactly what the photograph shows. The property on the corner is now Ciao Italia (currently being refurbished as at Jan 2013). I double checked the original photo and the building on the corner clearly shows No. 45 which is the same address. Judging by your surname, I guess that you are connected with the restaurant via the family. Do let us know, as I am sure we could arrange for you to get hold of a very good copy of this photo.
Added by Rosetta on 17 January 2013
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