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SANDERSTEAD - 16th August 1650 - in the 18th century a document was found in Purley Bury House, signed by John Bradshaw (president of the High Court of Justice at the trial of Charles I) and dated today, appointing Major Lewis Audley, who lived there, 'to be captaine of a Troup of Horse of such well affected persons as takeing the Engagement shall be Listed under you in the County of Surrey.'
Major Lewis Audley's first wife, Maria, was buried in Sanderstead in 1655 and there is a beautiful shrouded effigy of her in the church.
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GODSTONE - 13th August 1946 - 'Boating at Lines (Bay Pond). We had the misfortune to break a number of oars, but Mrs. Lines said they could be mended. A committee meeting was held in the middle of Lines Pond attended by three members. (Minute book of St Nicholas Youth Fellowship.)
The pic shows another meeting - this time of Surrey Wildlife Trust members - in the middle of Bay pond in 1991.
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1538 - 12th August - the building accounts of Nonsuch Palace for the pay period starting today include reference to the payment of 8d a day for 6 days to John Life, for himself and his horse, in riding to East Tye, Godstone, Burstow Wood and Rutherwick (in Long Ditton) to select Timber for the Palace. ...

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COULSDON - 13th August 1771 - the Sussex Weekly Advertiser reported that at the cricket match played on 13th and 14th August at Henfield the home team were defeated by Coulsdon Cricket Club 'by 4 or 5 wickets'. They had won the first match at Smitham Bottom by 5 wickets.
The Red Lion at Smitham Bottom was no doubt the centre of activities in days gone by and the players had retired there after their match. The pic, c.1905, shows the Red Lion. However it probably had had many changes since the 1771 days.
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MERSTHAM - 11th August 1869 - An Act of Parliament prohibited the manufacture, import, sale and transportation of explosives containing nitroglycerine within Gt Britain, illustrating the failure of Alfred Nobel to convince the Government of the safety of dynamite by his demonstration in a Merstham quarry (see 14th July 1867).
The only pic I have showing Merstham quarries is this early 19th century painting of the hunt. The quarries are in the background and the Brighton Road to the left.
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