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Banstead Village

Winkworth Cottage Banstead High Street
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Winkworth Cottage Banstead High Street

Does anyone have a photo of Winkworth Cottage which as far as I am aware was adjacent to Victoria hotel? The reason I ask is because I have photo of my great aunt and uncle who lived there pre 1959 trying to find info for cousin living in Australia`

Mark Beckenham

Winkworth Cottage added by webmaster in response to the above request.

The cottage was over 300 years old when it was demolished in 1937. It was formerly part of Winkworth Farm shown on the 1868 map, having replaced another farm called Wingfield farm which was shown on the 1840 map. In its later years the cottage had been turned into a popular tea room renowned for its cream teas and bread oven at the side of the fireplace in the lounge. It was set back from the High Street, and Raff electrical was eventually to occupy the shop premises built over the cottage's front garden.

This cottage is included in Banstead Past and Present available from BHRG.
Picture added on 05 May 2012 at 19:11
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Beautiful picture
Added by Jackie Fearnley (nee Shreeve) on 09 May 2012
The following is from a small booklet from the early 1930s advertising the Winkworth Cottage as a tea room. The tea room was known as The Cottage.
It is, however, an established fact that the Cottage—known in those days as the Banstead Church Farm—was built somewhere in the neighbourhood of the 1600s —a time memorable in history as the commencement of the reign of the impetuous James the First and even greater interest is lent when one realises that its erection took place around that adventuresome era when 'Merrie England' with its 'good olde tymes' was enjoying a series of plots —including the Gunpowder Plot— against His Excellent Majesty. Such a direct connection with the Past places the Old Cottage on a sphere of its own, and assigns it to the few remaining cottages of real historic interest in this country.

The year 1760 saw the selling of the Banstead Church Farm, and the North-West portion of the Village became renamed the "Winkworth Farm Estate." The Old Cottage, being regarded as a detrimental factor rather than an asset, fell into a sad state of delapidation —a state which is rather difficult to visualise when one looks upon it to-day.

Still, as an emphatic reminder of its ancient surroundings, the old bread oven remains in the far corner of the lounge —a reminder which silently but proudly proclaims to visitors to the Old Cottage that it has enjoyed a life of over 300 years.

Not only do Banstead's laurels rest on its antiquity alone. It is also famous as a health resort: has, in fact, been known as such for over 200 years, and, in the words of a correspondent to a local journal, "it was a popular vogue for patients who failed to respond to medical treatment to be sent to Banstead for a health cure, a practice which still prevails."

Of the Banstead scenery, known as Devonshire in London, one could write volumes. Space, however, forbids any such departure. Suffice to say, therefore, that the district offers unrivalled attractions, for, after all, what more could one ask than a walk over the Banstead Downs, through the Village, to the surrounding countryside, returning once more to the Village . . . the Old Cottage . .and a Devonshire Tea.

Truly Life is good !
Added by Ralph Maciejewski on 21 May 2012
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