The borough of Epsom and Ewell lies in north Surrey on the outer fringes of Greater London. Epsom Downs is the location of the Derby, one of the most famous horse races in the world, which has been run there since 1780.

Epsom High Street, 1950 Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 9572

Epsom High Street, 1950
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 9572

From the late 17th century fashionable visitors came to drink the waters at Epsom Spa and to build large houses on the outskirts, many of which can still be seen today. At the start of the 20th century a number of mental hospitals were built on the outskirts of Epsom, some for London County Council patients. These have now closed and the sites been redeveloped for housing.

Further information on Epsom and Ewell is available on the Epsom and Ewell History Explorer website. Click on the links below to see information on:

6 Responses to Epsom and Ewell

  1. neil pendleton says:

    Hi
    My gmother died at a sanitarium( mental Hospital ) in epsom in 1954. How do I go about finding out which one it was. I understand records are sealed for 100 years.
    Thanks Neil

  2. Margaret says:

    My great grandfather was Edward Turner who owned the bakers in east street, I was brought up in west ewell, my father built a matchstick house of the house he grew up in , in ewell village, it is In the museum in ewell village.

  3. Caird says:

    Amazing to see pictures from the past. You can almost make out the present businesses and streets!

  4. Fantastic images that will live forever! It’s nice to see what the streets you walk on every day used to look like before you were even born.

  5. Christine Sandell says:

    I have just returned to Aust after a few weeks in Epsom/Cheam/Worcester Park. My husband lived in Summerville Gardens, Cheam during the 60’s. We used to go into an espresso coffee bar in The village just up from the Harrow. Can anyone remember the name of the coffee bar?
    Christine Sandell I attended Chatsworth Road school fro. 1959 to 1963.

  6. Peter Doyle says:

    Hi my mum lived in the earl of derbys coach house in woodmanstern lane in wallington does anyone have any pictures or information to the building which has since gone it was owned by the brewery and was built right on the crossroads in woodmanstern near where the council owned traveller sites are now any info please text or call me on 07803362086 thanks Peter m doyle .

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