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The Forge and W Gilmour boot repairer
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The Forge and W Gilmour boot repairer

This image taken from a postcard shows the Forge in Banstead High Street. In front of it is a horse and cart from Clockhouse Farm in Woodmansterne.

To the left is the Boot repair shop run by W Gilmour.

The postcard was never posted but can be easily dated to 1937 from the two film posters at the left hand edge of the (cropped) image. The Plaza in Sutton was showing a film called Ebb Tide whilst The Century in Cheam was showing 100 Men and a Girl, and further on another poster shows Ever since Eve.

Both the boot repair shop and the forge were badly damaged during WWII when on the 8th of August 1944 a flying bomb hit the eastern end of the High street. (see picture #15)
Picture added on 01 January 2019 at 14:58
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I was talking to my sister earlier who is currently working on our family tree and is trying to find out more about our father's side of the family. He was born in Balham and we know at some point he moved to the Banstead area and his father was a master cobbler.

His father was William Gilmour; sadly I never met him as he died in 1954 the year before I was born. My father was Henry and helped in the shoe repair shop and quite a character. I know it's a long shot but if anyone has any memories of our family. We would love to hear.

My sister seems to think the shop may have been demolished and the business went to different premises.

Thanks Susan and Pauline
Added by Su Spittles on 01 January 2019
Hello Su Spittles did you and your family live in Shawley Crescent? Sorry I might have sent a message to you just now by mistake.
Added by Christine Kent nee King on 01 January 2019
Hello Sue, Just wondering whether you got my earlier comment - did your family live in Shawley Way? I remember my father bringing me to a house there and if memory serves, in the loft was a model railway! The person who owned the house was I remember quite a character.
Added by Christine Kent nee King on 01 January 2019
Hello Christine, sorry intended to get back to you tomorrow. My sister and I have been trying to place your name and going through names we remembered from Shawley Crescent. Yes we were there from 1956 until we moved to Aylesbury in 1966/67. My father most definitely had a model railway in the attic. From what I remember it was huge and took up most of the
space, but then that was through a child's eyes.
After both my sister and I finally left home, he was very quick to fill the smallest bedroom in Aylesbury with a smaller version , his enthusiasm never died 😀
Added by Su spittles on 01 January 2019
Hello Su, my dad was Philip King who had a shoe repairers shop in Great Tattenhams. We did not live in Shawley Cresent but I had an Aunty Hilda King and my mums sister Margaret Killick lived at number 22. I was at Shawley Way school from 1964 -1968

Added by Christine Kent nee King on 02 January 2019
Hi. I was at school with Henry Gilmour. In the picture adjacent was Mrs Durling's sweet shop. I use to live in Ferndale Rd; opposite was Marg/Mary Baker and Phil King.
Added by Peter Foster . on 04 January 2019
Hi Peter,
I was wondering if you knew Jasper or Donald Gerdes- Hansen, who used to live in Ferndale Road.

Added by Cynthia Hayman nee Gerdes- Hansen on 17 January 2019
Sorry I do not recall those names. I lived in Ferndale RD from 1929 to 1953.
A character we must not forget is Geoff Pushman.
He had a shop on the corner of Ferndale Rd /Shrubland Rd,
Added by Peter Foster . on 18 January 2019
Hi,. Christine, both my sister and I recall the name Killick but not sure from Surrey or Aylesbury area. Seem to remember vaguely a Sandra Killick. Both of us attended Shawley Way. I left there about three months before we moved. Then onto De Burgh for a short time. Both schools excellent.
I have lots of happy memories of Shawley Way. I had Mr Lewis for the last 3 years; he was very popular, very fair and made learning very interesting. There was a Michael King in my class, perhaps a relative of yours?
Added by Su spittles on 18 January 2019
Hello Su,Sandra Killick is my cousin she was born in 1955. She has a brother Stephen born 1957 and a sister Anne born 1958.

I also had a cousin David King and Nigel King who lived in Shawley Cresent. I too went to De Burgh school from 1968-1973. How are you doing with your family tree?
Added by Christine Kent nee King on 19 January 2019
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