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14 hours ago

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COULSDON - 1. Happy Valley in its earlier agricultural days. 2. And Happy Valley not very long ago as we all know and love it. ...

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2 days ago

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CATERHAM - 16th October 1987 - our experiences on the day after the great storm - on waking we could see no problems from the windows, so started up Tupwood Lane on foot with the dogs to go to View Point. Within a few yards we were having to clamber over fallen branches and then whole trees. We eventually reached Pilgrim Fort where we met the warden who was in a state of shock. He desperately needed to reach a telephone as their lines were down to report the havoc. Luckily there were no children staying there in that frightening storm. We accompanied him back downhill over and under trees in Harestone Hill to reach our house so that he could use the phone (only landlines then). GF
The pic shows the view from Church Hill to Colburn Avenue a few days after the storm.
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3 days ago

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CATERHAM - 15th October 1935 - David Seth-Smith gave a lantern lecture entitled ‘The Zoo and its inmates’ to the Caterham Literary Society. He was curator of Mammals and Birds at London Zoo and was known to a wide BBC listenership as the ‘Zoo man’
The early undated pic shows Harestone Hall which was behind the Congregational Church in Harestone Valley Road and which was where the lecture was held.
The lecturer had once lived in Caterham and his sister was Elsie Seth-Smith, a local well-known author
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4 days ago

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KENLEY - 14th October 1915 - ‘ A zeppelin raid last night. Many of the children and their parents have been up all night. One zeppelin was seen over Kenley and the noise of the exploding bombs over Croydon was plainly seen and heard, particularly from Kenley and Riddlesdown. Many of the inhabitants were awakened by the noise and were up and about. All the children in a state of excitement all day.’ (Kenley National School Log Book)
The pic shows Kenley taken from Riddlesdown at about that time. You can see the Kenley Hotel to the right and the police station to the extreme left.
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5 days ago

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CATERHAM - October 1910 - the new commodious post office in the valley was opened - now sadly the defunct post office building. We don’t have a post office in the valley now as far as I know.
The second pic is of the local postman and postwomen during 1914-1918.
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