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Banstead Village

Oaktimbers - Lesleys
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Oaktimbers - Lesleys

Not all that changed today – except for the retailers. Taken in the 1950s, there is a great uniformity in display of shop blinds. It must have been one of those lovely summer days we all remember – in our youth!
Picture added on 16 March 2012 at 00:06
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Many of the trees by "Oak Timbers" and elsewhere were flowering almonds. The broad end of the ripe almond could be rubbed on a wall or abrasive surface until it wore down enough to become flat and let the seed inside to drop out. It then made an excellent little whistle by blowing across the top. The wall outside the houses here was quite good for that purpose, but as I lived towards Burgh Heath there were many suitable walls and surfaces to and from school. No school run in those days - either walk all the way or catch the D type Daimler 164A bus (1d fare when I first started, but soon raised to 11/2d where it remained to at least to 1954) or walk home to Bolters Lane through the "army camps" to the A217 to catch an 80 or 80A.

Added by Michael Funnell on 07 May 2012
How evocative those bus numbers are!
Added by Jackie Fearnley (nee Shreeve) on 09 May 2012
I remember Lesley's - it's owner was Daisy Dyke. It was ostensibly a sweet shop but there couldn't have been many when my mother (Dorothy Burgess) worked there, part-time, around 1944. One of their customers was Uncle Mac from children's radio programmes. He lived in The Drive. My mother also worked at Dean's, the bakers, a little further up Oak Timbers.
Added by Marie Nicholson (nee Burgess) on 11 March 2018
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