Sunday, 24 February 2013

Stephen Keen (1759 - 1830)

This delightful fellow is a portrait of Stephen Keen born in Puttenham in 1759. Stephen Keen later moved to Lambeth and became a maltster. The portrait is dated from 1827 and is in ownership of Kevin Standage who very kindly submitted it to the Puttenham study.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Marriage Bond & Allegation - John Benham & Elizabeth Budd 15th Sept 1770

Elizabeth Budd Spinster, Wanborough, parish of Saint John, Puttenham , married John Benham
Marriage bond and allegation Diocese of Winchester, Archdeaconry of Surrey

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Springfield Manor, Puttenham

Copyright Ray George 2007

"While travelling along the Hog’s Back towards Farnham, just past the exit to Puttenham, you will see a sign announcing "Springfield Manor Nursing Home". This property enjoys a splendid view of Puttenham below and across the North Downs. It must have been built for some wealthy person in the days before the Town and Country Planning Act, which would have prevented such a development. Less than a hundred years ago, there was only a field. This field was one of the pieces of land acquired by Thomas Parker who bought the manors of Puttenham Priory and Puttenham Bury in 1761. It was then called Great Bury Down. At the time of the production of the Tithe Map, when it is called Great Bevil Down, it was owned by the major landowner of Puttenham, Richard Sumner who however was not the owner of the manors. The field, which was arable and had an area of about 9 ½ acres, was rented to William and James Avenell. After the Sumner family, the land was acquired by Frederic Ferdinand Smallpiece, a Guildford solicitor. In 1923 he sold it to James Hodgson.

James Hodgson presumably purchased the land with a view to its development, for on 6th September 1929 there appeared in The Times, the following advertisement including a photograph of the building :"Hog’s Back. Magnificent Position, Brightlands, Puttenham, Nearly 600 feet above sea level, facing south. Entrance Hall, panelled lounge dining and drawing rooms, six bed and dressing rooms, two bath rooms, labour saving offices. Electric lighting. Company’s water. Modern drainage. Excellent cottage. Garage for three cars. Stabling. Garden and grounds. With ample scope for attractive treatment, having warm Southern slope and including fine kitchen garden of over an Acre. Small orchard. Herbaceous border and beds, and grassland. All in about 9½ Acres. For sale privately or by auction on September 17th next, at London Auction Mart, EC4." As no mention is made of the open-air swimming pool, this must be a later addition. From the Court Circular of The Times on 23rd December 1930, we learn that "Mr and Mrs F.W.-Hutton-Stott have left 52 Queen’s Gate Terrace SW for Martin Place, Puttenham, near Guildford (telephone Puttenham 59) which will be their permanent home for some time." The new name "Martin Place" is probably derived from that of the world famous street in Sydney, New South Wales. The Wilson-Hutton-Stotts conducted their social life using the Court Circular of The Times. On 7th January 1938, there appeared the announcement, "Mrs F.W.Hutton-Stott, Martin Place, Puttenham very much regrets having to postpone her party for Jan 8, on account of sudden illness." By 1945 they had moved away and the estate was sold to Blanche Eames in 1947. During the mid 1980s the property underwent its second change of name to Springfield Manor and by 1990 it had become Springfield Manor Nursing Home.

When Brightlands was built, the good communication link afforded by the main road along the Hog's Back between Farnham and Guildford must have been a selling point. The build-up of traffic over the years has turned this into a nightmare. After the dual carriageway was constructed in about 1970, only an exit towards Farnham was possible. To alleviate the problem, a new driveway was constructed at this time to join Martin Place with School Lane which leads into Puttenham Village.

The cottage mentioned in the for-sale advertisement may have been provided for the chauffeur. A Times advertisement on 6th April 1932 seeks "Chauffeur-Mechanic, experienced, also electrical plant. Full particulars, letters only, no original testimonials. Wilson Hutton, Martin Place, Puttenham, Surrey." Blanche Eames divided the cottage in two and sold the eastern half, now known as Martin’s Wick in 1966. The western half, now called West Lodge, was sold in 1973 by the next owner of Martin Place, Michael Pendleton. He built another residence between West Lodge and Martin Place, which he called Jefferson House and sold it in 1975.

Since the house has become a nursing home, a single-story extension has been built for additional residents' bedrooms and a new lounge bows out on the south elevation."

Article written & provided to the Puttenham One Place Study by Ray George
28 May 2007

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Puttenham Parish Records

I have today loaded hopefully successfully the following files in Excel:

  • Baptisms & Births
  • Banns & Marriages
  • Dealths and Burials
The files are located HERE

If anyone has an problems opening the files please let me know.

Puttenham Post Office 1904

Monday, 11 February 2013

Manor Farm, Wanborough Circa 1915

This is the Manor Farm at Wanborough that my Grandfather would have known. The Butcher family farmed here until 1930 when the moved across to Guildford to farm at Manor Farm Onslow Village.

Charles Kerry (1833 - 1908)

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Suffield Lane, Puttenham

Puttenham Village

Puttenham Village circa 1905

Suffield Lane, Puttenham Circa 1931

Oliver Hill, Puttenham Circa 1932

Good Intent Puttenham Circa 1905

Puttenham Church Interior

Charles Kerry 1833-1908

Charles Kerry was Curate of St John The Baptist, Puttenham from 1868 - 1877.

  • Baptised 23rd October 1833 at Smalley, Derbyshire, the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Kerry of Old Green Farm
  • 1862 - 1864 Attended St. Bees College
  • Ordained Deacon 31st July 1864 at York
  • Ordained Priest 11th June 1865 at York
  • 31st July 1864 - 1866 Assistant at All Saints, North Street, York
  • 1865 Deputy Vicar Choral Yorkminster
  • 1866 - 1868 Curate at Topcliffe - (All the records for Topcliffe have been deposited in the Riding County Records Office)
  • 1868 - 1877 Curate at Puttenham Surrey
  • Publication 1872 Author of "A History of Waverley Abbey"
  • Publication 1878 Author of "Elstead and its Church"
  • 1877 - 1880 Vicar at Matfen, Northumberland
  • 1880 - 1883 Curate at St. Lawrence, Reading, Berkshire
  • Publication 1883 Author of "A History of the Municipal Church at St Lawrence, Reading"
  • 1883 - 1890 Curate at Stone Broom Derbyshire
  • 1890 - 1900 Rector Upper Standon, Bedfordshire
  • 1901 - 1902 Lived at Smalley Derbyshire
  • 1902 - 1905 Lived at West Hallam, Derbyshire
  • 1906 - 1908 Lived at Devon Terrace, Belper
  • 1908 Charles Kerry died and is buried at Smalley, Derbyshire
  • 1909 No longer listed in Crockfords
  • Article 22nd June 1956

Burial - Jane Clarke 18th March 1870

Transcribed from the Kerry Manuscript ~ Volume 4, Pages 76

March 18th 1870. Friday. (In ? Edwards) Jane CLARKE aged 71. Was interred (by me*) in Puttenham Churchyard. She died on the 13th, suddenly from Disease of the heart. Her first husband was Morris MARTIN who was buried at Puttenham July 21, 1830, at the age of 32. Her second husband was John CLARKE Of Rodsall.

Note: By some means or other the record of John CLARKE’s internment. Has been entered in the church registers as that as William CLARKE. I* pointed out this error to the Rector who promised to correct the entry.

Signed by Chas KERRY, Curate of Puttenham, April 3rd, 1870.

The error was, this day corrected by the Rector in my* presence.

- April 3rd 1870 CK

(* Charles Kerry)