A potpourri of a parade…….

Now my look at the history of the buildings along the London Road has left behind the bank building on the corner of Frimley Road and the A30 and started to look to the east.

Oh, and I promised to explain about the name, Osnaburgh.  Rather surprisingly, it is all the fault of the Grand Old Duke of York – more correctly, Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany (1763-1827).  As George III already had an heir, his second son was sent into the army and became the Commander in Chief, actively supporting the setting up of the Royal Military Academy.   For some reason I can’t explain, he was also Bishop of Osnaburgh (which has now been renamed see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dairsie) .  For confirmation of this title – and a portrait of the man himself, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/field-marshal-hrh-frederick-17631827-duke-of-york-and-alb192184

The odd little building where Sowerbutts now have their offices always seems have been a single storey shop in front of a small house.   Next to it (and now transformed completely in appearance) was the Fox and Hounds.  This seems to date from 1859 but was owned by a local man from Hartley Wintney in the 1870s and provided with beer from the Guildford brewery of Friary Holroyd and Healy.  According to Ken Clarke’s book on local pubs it had a ‘bagatelle room’ in the 1870s – what we would now call a ‘billiard room’ (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagatelle) .  In  WW1, the eldest son of the licensees – George W Powley, a gunner,  was killed on the Black Prince in the Battle of Jutland.  It ceased to be a pub at the end of 1925 and seems to have been a restaurant ever since?

The two tall white buildings next to it seem to be part of the original retail parade – certainly they are clearly visible, looking exactly the same, in a postcard of 1900.  Basically they are a normal house for the shopkeeper and his family to live in, with a shop built in front.  In the Edwardian period Foy and milliners were there with Bradford the stationers and printers next door.



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