Reigate: From the archives…

A collection of images from the archives of Surrey History Centre.

Reigate Old Prison, 1905. Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 1738 SHC ref 7828/2/122/24

Reigate Old Prison, 1905
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 1738
SHC ref 7828/2/122/24

Reigate Old Prison, TQ252502, 2007. Now a wine bar. Image: Richard Purkiss

Reigate Old Prison, TQ252502, 2007. Now a wine bar
Image: Richard Purkiss

Reigate Town Hall, 1896. Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 327 SHC ref 7828/2/122/3

Reigate Town Hall, 1896
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 327
SHC ref 7828/2/122/3

Reigate Town Hall, 2007. Image: Richard Purkiss

Reigate Town Hall, 2007
Image: Richard Purkiss

West end of High Street, before the south side of West Street was pulled down, c.1900. Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 5987 SHC ref 7828/2/122/159

West end of High Street, before the south side of West Street was pulled down, c.1900
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 5987
SHC ref 7828/2/122/159

 West end of High Street, TQ250502, 2007. Image: Richard Purkiss

West end of High Street, TQ250502, 2007
Image: Richard Purkiss

Reigate Heath, people playing golf, 1913. Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 6635 SHC ref 7828/2/122/184

Reigate Heath, people playing golf, 1913
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 6635
SHC ref 7828/2/122/184

Reigate Heath, people playing golf, 2008. Image: Grace Filby

Reigate Heath, people playing golf, 2008
Image: Grace Filby

Reigate - crossroads at west end of High Street, 1914. Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 7004 SHC ref 7828/2/122/200

Reigate – crossroads at west end of High Street, 1914
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 7004
SHC ref 7828/2/122/200

Reigate - crossroads at west end of High Street, 2008. Image: Grace Filby

Reigate – crossroads at west end of High Street, 2008
Image: Grace Filby

Reigate - the fair in the High Street, 1912. Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 5895 SHC ref 7828/2/122/155

Reigate – the fair in the High Street, 1912
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 5895
SHC ref 7828/2/122/155

Reigate - the High Street, 2008. Image: Grace Filby

Reigate – the High Street, 2008
Image: Grace Filby

Reigate, Bell Street - a print, from a lantern slide, 1914. Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 7005 SHC ref 7828/2/122/201

Reigate, Bell Street – a print, from a lantern slide, 1914
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 7005
SHC ref 7828/2/122/201

Reigate, Bell Street, 2008. Image: Grace Filby

Reigate, Bell Street, 2008
Image: Grace Filby

21 thoughts on “Reigate: From the archives…”

  1. Bob Post says:

    I came a cross a picture of what appears to be some sort of celebration in Reigate, this huge archway was erected at the junction of High St, West St./Park Lane, it looks very Victorian. Is there any way I could send you this picture to see if anyone in your archive office might recognise it? I’ll try to include a link. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=673798029402569&set=gm.861099993930655&type=1&theater

  2. Robin says:

    the old picture house in Reigate

  3. Lindsey Barnes says:

    Does anyone remember the name and/address of a grand house in the Reigate area in the mid 1900’s which had a staff cottage (with a brook at the end of the garden)? The cottage was left to my husbands grandfather after the 2nd WW.

    1. Steve White says:

      Lindsey

      Can you send an email to [email protected] with details of your grandfather’s name and approx. which decade(s) you are referring to and the Redhill Centre for Local & Family History can look at a street directory in order to help you.

      Thanks

      Steve

  4. Chris Gunter says:

    I am organising a 60th anniversary walk around Priory Park in October.
    I believe the original walk ended at a café near the junction of Park Lane and Reigate High Street (1959) I wonder if you have any idea of the location. I don’t believe it is the site of the Nail Bar which someone said used to be a café. The directions don’t really match. I would be so grateful if anyone can help. A photo would be the icing on the cake!

    1. Liz wakefield says:

      I think it was where 23 west st is now. There was a shack type building at the front which I believe was once a cafe. Then a a physio. Now it is a pull in for a car!

      1. Thanks, Liz, I assisted Chris… we had an inkling that was an alternative. FYI Full details of the walk, questions and answers can be seen on the Quizwalks website (1st October 2017 [http://www.quizwalks.com/Walks/qwalkevent1709.html])

  5. Elizabeth Blood says:

    Does anybody have any memories, pictures or documents relating to the Reigate School of Art c.1940-60? I understand it is now East Surrey College and no doubt looks very different to its original build. I am not from the area but am very interested in one of the Art teachers from this time period. As he was a long-standing member of staff I had hoped that the School might have had traces of him. Contacting them directly has not yet yielded anything. Many thanks for your help.

  6. Roy Ainley says:

    Could you help me, I used to visit Reigate to see a friend called John who owned the Blacksmith forge n the Main Street. I know John went to live in Spain, I was just wondering if the old Forge was still there, and if ther was any information on it. I do know it was very old, it could be private housing now, I was there on the 1970s approx. I would to find some photo’s of this, or a web so I could look at, I do remember the Pub a little bit higher up on the opposite side. Hope someone can help. Thank you

    1. Steve White says:

      Roy

      I think it was in Bell Street. Have a look at the following to jog the memory.
      https://www.oldreigate.com/index.php?goto=bellstreet4

      Hope this helps
      Steve
      On behalf of Redhill Centre for Local and Family History

    2. Scott Scott-Maberley says:

      Hi Roy
      He was known as John the forge, he drank in the bulls head in the town centre. The pub you are thinking of is called the blue anchor. The old forge is now a private home. It’s opposite the dentist.
      Regards Scott

  7. Scott Scott-Maberley says:

    John the forge. Reigate road, now a private house. Pub up the road is the blue anchor. The forge was almost opposite a small hotel called The Cranleigh.

  8. Christine Daubney says:

    Does anyone have any pictures of the old swimming pool situated now under pool house, Bancroft road?

  9. Damien Smyth says:

    Hi. I am just wondering if anyone might have any information on a Miss Deborah Elizabeth Ball or a Miss Eleanor Lucas who lived at Blackborough Rd. Eleanor died in 1941 and Deborah died in 1955. I have been trying to find a photo of either or both of the ladies for years with no luck. But if anyone has any stories or info I’d be very grateful

  10. Jane Yates says:

    Trying to track down distant relative info who was a butcher in Reigate around time if First World war who owned a Rolls Royce and was the first butcher in England to install electricity ?

  11. David Dawes says:

    Can anyone remember a bicycle shop called Raggs or Wraggs in High Street Reigate in the 1960s

    1. Steve White says:

      David

      According to a 1959 Directory CH Wragg was a cycle agent and dealer for Humber, Rudge-Whitworth, Dawes and Hercules .

      Address was 51 High Street, Reigate
      Hope this helps

      Steve W
      On behalf of Redhill Centre for Local & Family History

    2. Steve White says:

      David
      Fuller answer from one of my associates

      Wragg’s Cycle and Motor Cycle shop and workshop was at 51 High Street, Reigate, one shop away from the old Congregational Church. Charles Horace Wragg 1904-1996 had worked as a motorcycle mechanic for the previous owner of this business, Edwin Knight 1871-1941, and took over the business and changed the name to “C.H. Wragg in 1941 following Edwin Knight’s death. Wragg’s business was in obvious competition with that of Finch in Bell Street, though I think Wragg’s specialised a bit more in motorbikes than cycles.

      Steve W

  12. Rob says:

    I lived in Grange House on Reigate Hill in 1976 that was situated down a leafy lane across the road from the Yew Tree pub. It was owned by an uncle of a workmate who was the nephew of the owner who I believe was a stockbroker. looking on Google Earth most of the surrounding leafy gardens has now been built on. Does anyone know if the 1976 house is still there amongst the rest?
    Thanks,
    Rob

    1. Steve White says:

      Rob

      Surrey County Council provide a really useful map that confirms there is a house by that name still standing. The lane is Fox Lane and it does look as if some of its former grounds are now part of Friths Drive. Looking at a 1959 Directory it was owned by a Reigate solicitor who ran a firm in Reigate High Street. At the time of the 1939 Registration it had 9 occupants.

      Hope this helps

      Steve W
      On behalf of Redhill Centre for Local & Family History

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