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Tales from the Archives - 2

25 Years On

In April 1908 the Parish Magazine carried a letter supposedly written by ‘Viator’ to his brother in 1933 telling him how things have changed in Fernhurst since 1908. Here are some of his predictions:

  • 'I arrived shortly after 10 o’clock at Fernhurst station, on the Electric Railway that runs from Petersfield to Oxted, the station being situated between Cooksbridge Farm and the King’s Arms
  • The disconnected arms of the village have now been linked up, forming a kind of starfish with the cross as the centre. I gathered that a large number of the cottages now belong to the people who inhabit them
  • I recognised the handsome building on the Midhurst Road as the Village Hall, you will remember that there was much talk of it when we lived there (work started Dec 1908) with the Men’s Institute adjoining
  • You will be pleased to hear that a new road has been made through Vann Common and Kingsley Marsh (now Green), enables you to avoid the slippery slopes of Friday’s Hill

If you would like to know more about this story, or research other local topics, the Archive is open on Tuesdays, 2.30-5pm in the Village Hall. Other times by arrangement.

Christine Maynard
Fernhurst Archive

One of a series of short articles bringing you some of the incidents from our rich village history. Collated by Christine Maynard, based on documents preserved at the Fernhurst Archives, these originally were published in the monthly Fernhurst News.

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