The PARISH of OTTERSHAW and its SURROUNDS
1994-2009 with HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
This Fascinating Survey was undertaken by HANNAH LANE
|Ottershaw Roundabout looking up Church Hill
( now Guildford Road) c1900
|Ottershaw Roundabout looking up
Guildford Road 2007
This Survey was started in 1994 by the Secretary of the Society, Hannah Lane. It compliments the archives already held in the Surrey History Centre and Chertsey Museum on Ottershaw.
The Survey has three components. The first a comprehensive photographic record of the village, with every road, public and private, illustrated in detail, as well as many of the individual houses. The photographs number 1,100 in total. These are described in detail in the written text. Where major developments, or demolition of important houses, were taking place in the areas surrounding the parish, these were also photographed. These, together with more recent photographs of the restoration of some of the historical buildings and village events form part of the Survey.
As well as talking to Mrs. Lane of their memories of the village, many residents gave, or lent for copying, their own family photographs to illustrate their stories of the past. These also include views of the now demolished cottages and other general historical views of the area.
The second component is the rich historical background from other sources including books, research papers, deeds and anecdotal comments by older residents. It is mostly from 1800 onwards, but does also refer to historical sources prior to this date.
The third component is written material from sources not previously in any public archive collection. This is mostly illustrating the life of the village in the mid 1990’s. It does also include some historical written materials from the more recent past.
All of this is backed up by 25 inches to a mile large scale Ordnance Survey maps showing where each photograph was taken, as well as the development of the village in the 1990’s. Much use was made of the Ottershaw Society’s Historical Map of 1871 by Mick Stride. Copies are available from the Society.
As a result of Mrs. Lane’s efforts we have an extremely comprehensive Survey of the village of Ottershaw, which is unique.
The Survey is available for reference at
130 Goldsworth Road,
Telephone number: 01483 518737
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays.
The Reference Number is 6943/- (Well worth a look).
For further details of this Survey contact:
Mrs. H Lane
Telephone Number: 01932 873173
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