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Banstead Village

St Mary's Church Burgh Heath
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St Mary's Church Burgh Heath

Picture date unknown. Estimated at 1911 to 1920

Postcard owner: Banstead History Centre
Picture added on 27 October 2009 at 11:20
Some 35-40 years after this picture was taken, many's the time I've cycled past here. I have to confess that in the early days my contempories referred to the area as "bereaf" (Ber as in Bernard)!
When I started work at Sutton gas offices in 1948 however, I used to phone Banstead Gas Showrooms, whose number was Burgh Heath 2591. I'd dial BH4- there'd be a couple of clicks and burr, burrs, and an operator would say, in an affected,posh voice, "Numberris?" and I'd reply "2591" which she'd confirm as "Two fafe nane wonn!" and I'd get put through to the Gas Showroom at 19/21 High Street Banstead, where the posh, plummy-but-friendly Irish accent of Showroom Manager Bobby Knowles would answer. Our phone number at the Sutton offices was VIGilant 8282- not a lotta people know that!
Added by Bill Mallion on 06 June 2011
St Marys Church. I went there. Minister Bird. We lived at the back, 9 Duncan Rd. We used to get into the vestry when the bombs were dropping and we were at the school, which is units now.
Added by Richard D Grattan on 06 May 2017
Nice to hear from another "oldie" who was around about the same time. From our house on the Sutton Bypass (Reigate Avenue)' I used to watch the German bombers coming over the horizon near Banstead towards us. Then nip to the air-raid shelter when they got too close ! Those were the days ! Thank you, Richard.
Added by Bill Mallion (Now 85. Eeek ! ) on 06 June 2017
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