In October 2023, I am planning to walk the Pilgrim’s Way. I will start from Winchester on 13th October and will be going via Merstham to Oxted, so quite close to Nutfield, probably on 19th October if I stay on schedule. This is instead of the annual Nutfield walk.
Aware of Covid, I did the walk by myself and left some walk guides. I also left some flowers on the sites on the map should anybody follow. After doing the walk, on the way home, I got a message from one person asking what time was the walk and tried to explain and felt awful that I’d let them down. (Walk Route.)
This is the railway bridge over Mid Street. We thought of it as the SNIBO bridge – it always used to have the letters Snibo graffiti’d across. Snibo stood for South Nutfield something something something. I once knew. The graffiti no longer gets repainted as a woodern fence has replaced the iron fence, and the railway has gone mainline.
On the near wall there was a cigarette machine that never worked. Next to that was 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 garage with petrol pump and pink paraffin where we got our car serviced. A bit further along was a 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.
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.
Laylines are supposed to meet at Christchurch, according to one internet site? But I don’t know.
There used to be two churches in South Nutfield. The Free Church (evangelical) and Christchurch (anglican). This site is dedicated to the latter which no longer exists. More houses have taken its place.
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 Kip – the dog I had back then. The shape of the oak has not changed much in all that time. But it must have grown. There are horses and ponies sheltered under it now. There were cows in my day, and then sheep.
This signpost has changed. The number of fingers are the same but there has been a change of emphasize. The places are unchanged but the names given are quite 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. So perhaps this is partly a desire to stop South Nutfield being used as a rat run. But the most curious change to me is the direction to South Nutfield, as this sign is in South Nutfield.