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18 hours ago

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COULSDON - 22nd July 1783 - in Coulsdon churchyard the burial took place of ‘William Rivers, aged 25. A most amiable, worthy young man who was drowned in the Pound pond at Croydon, and universally lamented by his master, the family and all who knew him.’
The Rivers family has been well known locally for a very long time and the pic shows the interior of the Rivers’ shop on the Common In 1940.
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1 day ago

Instead of a high rise in purley at Russell hill why not build a police station. It's needed and a community focus. We have none left anywhere and their car parking can be in an undercroft under the first floor. A huge population now with no focal point. It creates a local area and would be more useful than flats no-one can afford. We're in old coulsdon and kenley police station is closed. No police office in purley anymore either. ...

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2 days ago

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CATERHAM - 21st July 1859 - the Caterham Railway Company, after prolonged financial difficulties, was taken over by the South Eastern Railway for £15,200. (It had cost £39,367 to construct).
The photo of Caterham station was taken before 1870 and is from Jeffry Spence’s collection in his Book on the Caterham Railway.
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3 days ago

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CHIPSTEAD - 20th July 1854 - Chipstead Fair was suppressed. The following day Thos. Hart described the event in a letter to Sir W.G.Hylton Jolliffe Bart MP: ‘I have the satisfaction to inform you that we succeeded in putting down Chipstead Fair most completely...The Police attended on the spot two days before the Fair and turned away all vans, carts, etc etc as they arrived....I am satisfied a great moral good has been effected...’
The modern pic shows the green outside the church, where perhaps the fair was usually held.
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4 days ago

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FARLEIGH - 19th July 1278 - the expenses of ‘Master Peter and his companions’ for a day spent at Farleigh were: bread 2d, ale 8d, salmon 18d, three quarters of herrings 7d, wine 10d and vinegar 1d. (And no fridge/freezer in those days!)
The 1920s pic shows Gt.Farleigh Common.
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