Sunday, 22 May 2011

Is this better to own than 25p

This beautiful Cupro-Nickel Coin is a 1951 Festival of Britain Crown, Five Shillings. All British coins after 1947 lost their silver content and were made of Cupro-Nickel.

A crown, Five Shillings was worth just 25p in todays money, although the above coin is worth between £2 to £5 in todays money. Features valiant St George on Horse Back slaying the dragon. On the reverse is the head of our our queens Father King George VI

The Hidden Path For Cyclists and Avid Walkers Hidden Beauty Awaits

The winding path for walkers and cyclists up Ranmore Common to the top of Steers fields and onto the Church at St Barnabas Ranmore features in my other post. For you buuding out of town cyclists out there who may travel down from London want a scenic ride here is a suggestion

Directions By Bike

Make your way to Westcott Village off A25.

Go through the Village down Westcott Street to right up Hole Hill across Hole Hill under the Railway arch turn left at the gate follow the path 2 -3 miles up to the top of Ranmore.

Follow on to St Barnabas Church on your right and then follow the road to the end bear left for the most wonderfull downhill descent into Westhumble Village bear to the right at the bottom of the hill down from Ranmore and the foot of Boxhill.

Turn right into and towards Dorking and follow the cycle path along the side of Boxhill into Dorking Town centre where you pass the dreaded Dorking Cockerell a good workout for the starter cyclists among you taking in spectacular views

If you run out of water my tip go to Dorking Halls they serve fresh water from the machine fresh and cold. I shouldnt say this but its free....

My usual Saturday warm up ride now before I go swimming

I will feature more rides and give out local knowledge so keep in touch please comment on my blog site.
Will through in peices of history also
see my post on Sanuel Wilberforce in the Abinger Roughs


Next one will a delightfull cycle from Westcott across the Abinger Roughs to the Volunteer Pub in Holmbury St Mary a good stopping point for good pub food and refreshment before the climb towards Leith Hill...

How might Twickenham have looked in 1890 answer below

A Framed Print Photograph of Twickenham in 1890

An Attractive Cleaning Implement from the Good old Days

This delightful little item, I picked up the other day mainly because it was so unusual,1920S Silver Plated Hand Sweep has the intials MPP engraved on the face. I wonder where it was used and where it came from probably will always remain a mystery but so of many of the antique relics of the past are very unusual as well as often attractive.

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If it was yours and you are MPP please tell me the story of this wonderful item.


Friday, 20 May 2011

Harry Vardon (9 May 1870 – 20 March 1937)

The Magic of Harry Varden

An excellent picture for any Golfer,this super picture captures the magic of a very talented Golfer.International 6 times winner of the open. The magic for me is the way the picture captures the atmosphere and dynamics of this talented golfer, I believe in my collection of old things I have further pictures of Harry Varden so be sure to look out for them as I will post further ones...

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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

The Olympic Road Race Trial Event Sunday 14th August 2011

Westcott my home village is on the road map of the Olympic Cycling Test Road trip, we have just received a newsletter from the local council, talking about Road and access closures. Well in this great age of Austerity what else do Governments and Councils talk about, closures of course

Thats great news it will save me queuing up for a ticket in the great ticket lottery.I can watch the event in my local village at least I hope so.

Looking at the route they will past both some historic places of interest and some real Surrey beauty spots, the least wonderfull being the man made unsightly out of place Dorking Cockerell situated on the main roundabout on the A24 into Dorking Main Town centre and High Street.

For me I prefer the historic ancient man made relics on route, such as Polseden Lacy-National Trust Property well worth a visit for a day out

Well its going to put Westcott on the map Westcott is a wonderfull village of 2000 of us great community spirit lively church and outreach programme and lots of other village clubs and activities what a blessing to raise my kids in such wonderfull surrounding yes I am very lucky.

Here is a picture of the route....

                                       THE CYCLE ROUTE FOR THE DRY RUN

Now for the real thing updated July 2012 Take a peek at what its like to stand in a Surrey Village and watch as the cyclist tear through the village at over 45mph on their way to Dorking and round the corner to begin the asent of Boxhill.

Click on this link below to see Video Footage on U Tube of the event
Westcott Mens Cycle Race Through Wescott
Click below
 Live Vid eo Footage of Wescott Mens Cyclists Hurtling through July 2012-

Monday, 16 May 2011

What a Delight when you got one for your Birthday


Remember getting a birthday card from an Aunt and one of these fell out..
Its was a wonderfull feeling because as a kid in the 1960s this was a staggering amount of money not like a 50p is today the modern equivalent.

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The Church at Ranmore Common Built 1859 Henry Cubitt well worth a visit

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                                                                        ST BARNABAS CHURCH RANMORE    

Saturday, 14 May 2011

When a Fiver Really was a Fiver

Another of my favourite old British Banknotes the Old 1960s Five Pound Note, probably because as a child I thought i was rich when i had five pounds saving up all my Birthday Money truth was i was...

Royal Memoribillia 1935 Silver Jubilee Souvenir City of Plymouth


Alovely souvenir refelcting our history. Picked up last week at my local Dorking Boot Fair

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Days Gone By

Two examples of watches broken and working firstly a pocket watch and secondly an old mantle peice clock an enfield smiths, mantle clock

If you have any of these old peices you dont want or would like to sell for cash then send me an e mail and a picture

The Story of Samuel Wilberforce

You have heard of William Wilberforce the famous MP and friend of John Newton, writer of the song
Amazing Grace
the ex slave trader, who turned to Christianity and had a profound impact on the life of William Wilberforce to eventually get a bill through parliament to abolish human slavery in England over 200 years ago,

Well on this very spot, marked with a cross and plaque near to the N22 Cycle route in the Abinger Roughs, Samuel Wilberforce the son of William fell of his Horse, while riding with Lord Glanville in 1873 and died. Its just another little peice of History to follow in the Surrey Hills. Rumour has it on a windy night you can hear him riding his horse through the woods to this day

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The Beauty of my Surroundings Ranmore Common May 2011


Here is the wonderful and picturesque surroundings of Ranmore Common. To be precise natures woven carpet of blue bells amongst the trees taken in May 2011, on Ranmore Common.

Did you know if you visit the church of St Barnabas built in 1854 by Henry Cubbit, you can get some of the finest tea and cakes in leafy surrey at a reasonable price. This is a most beautiful spot. Teas and cakes are usually served from June and July until August or September
If you want details contact the church....