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CHELSHAM - 19th November 1401 - the rent paid by Robert Kynsolde for one house and 9 acres acres of land at Beddlestead in Chelsham was 20d a year, payable quarterly, and two ploughshares, two chickens and 20 eggs.
The pic is a fairly recent one of Beddlestead farmhouse. ...
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CATERHAM - 18th November 1904 - A very interesting and instructive Lantern Entertainment was very kindly provided by Mr Warren at the Parish Hall. The subject was ‘Gigantic Littleness’, illustrating the power of the microscope, rendering visible those minute objects which are almost invisible to the naked eye.
The pic shows a selection of C H Goodman’s microscope slides made at that time. How these gentlemen would marvel at what we can see under the microscope now. ...
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CHELSHAM - 17th November 1616 - Thos Payce of Chelsham was bound over until the next Quarter Sessions charged with ‘begetting of Grace Mosle with childe and for diverse other misdemeanours and ill behaviour’. (Bostock Fuller JP)
The population of Chelsham just a few years later than that was recorded as 11 householders and 22 other males over the age of 18 described as ‘youths’. Bring in trouble must have been difficult to hide in those days.
The fairly recent pic shows the old cottages near the White Bear - whether they were built as long ago as the 1600s I don’t know, but some of the 11 householders would have lived in such cottages. ...
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COULSDON - do you notice the handsome line of yew trees along Coulsdon Road (photo 2003). It is said that they were planted for Edmund Byron as he didn’t want to be able to see the modern developments from Coulsdon Court. A strange request as the trees wouldn’t become anywhere near large enough - as they are now - in his lifetime. The old saying goes that you always plant trees for your descendants. ...