The Village

Nutfield Station was opened in 1884, and from that time the village of South Nutfield began to grow.

The area around Mid Street, where the South Nutfield Mission was built, contained about 18 dwellings before the station came.

The Avenue was built at about that time with The Station Inn at one end,

and Christ Church, at the far end. Christ Church was consecrated on November 9th 1888. The Surrey Mirror noted on 17th November 1888

"To a devout Churchman it was a pleasure to witness such hearty worship and notice the rapt attention which was paid to the Bishop of Rochester, who had attended to consecrate the church."

The Bishop preached on Matthew Chapter 9 verse 21, "For she said within herself, if I may but touch his garment I shall be whole." His Lordship admired her real faith.

There were farm buildings that pre-dated the growth of the Village. One such building is Ridge Green Farm House, a Grade II listed building, dating originally from the 16th Century. This was owned for 400 years by the Butchings Family until 1855. More recently Dr Dick Robertson purchased the property  and it became his place of practise from 1940 until the early 1960s. Some older villagers remember visiting the low beamed building during his stay.

Another striking house, not far from the Railway Inn and down Mid Street, is Magpie Cottage.

Nutfield Brook runs under Mid Street, near Magpie Cottage, and under Kings Cross Lane, near Christ Church. It flows from the hills near Bletchingley, and after Kings Cross Lane joins Redhill Brook.

To be continued next time I visit and get more pictures. We had a lovely meal in the Station Inn when we visited friends on 28th Dec. 2018. It is good to see the pub thriving.

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