South Nutfield Revisited

Here are some pictures when I revisited South Nutfield in December 2008 ...

Snibo Bridge
This is the railway bridge over Mid Street that often used to have the letters Snibo graffiti'd across.

Station Approach
On the near wall there was a cigarette machine that never worked. Next to that was Harts, the newsagent, where I'd collect my paper-round at 6:30 in the morning. Next door was the wool shop and the post office. Then the Whittle's garage with petrol pump and pink paraffin where we got our car serviced. A bit further along was Nutts the grocers.
Also gone, elsewhere in the village, are the baker, and the butcher. They were all there in the 1970s. They are all houses now. Just one shop remains.
(Image of Bonnar's the Butcher from a Frith Postcard)

Corner Stores
The remaining South Nutfield shop was known in my time as the Corner Stores. I helped Mr Barnett deliver groceries as he couldn't walk too well. He would drive and I would carry boxes to houses often isolated places on country roads round Nutfield .

It has been taken over and called Holborns. The crowd outside are enjoying mugs of mulled wine round a smoking stove. Good to see community spirit is still alive in South Nutfield.

Christ Church
On Christmas Eve we used to go to Christchurch, and sing the carols.

There used to be two churches in South Nutfield. The Free Church (evangelical) and Christchurch (anglican). Christchurch carries on as a church with a building, and the Free Church was knocked down to make way for two new houses. The Free Church has become part of a Redhill Community Church I believe.

Christ Church has had a garden of remembrance added in 1987. In the November 1987 edition of the Nutfield Link the editor said "People who read steadily through the Nutfield Link but stop short of the end section, which deals with religious matters, may find something of interest on page 38 where The Garden of Remembrance has recently been consecrated." 

An Oak Tree

This is an oak tree I have photographed many times in the past, but not for twenty or more year. I used to walk past it every day walking our dog. The shape of the oak has not changed much in all that time. There are horses and ponies sheltered under it now. There were cows in my day, and then sheep.

A Road sign
This signpost has changed. The number of fingers are the same but the names given are different .

Crab Hill House -to- Crabhill House
Bletchingley, Godstone -to- Bletchingley
Outwood -to- Outwood, Smallfield
Redhill, Reigate -to- Redhill Aerodrome
Nutfield Stn, Nutfield -to- South Nutfield

Nutfield is part of Tandridge district council now, and so the emphasize is now on other places within that district rather than those outside where people passing through might really be wanting to go. The most curious change to me is the direction to South Nutfield, as this sign is what I think of as South Nutfield.

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