UPPER HIGH STREET (STATION ROAD), HIGH STREET AND WEST STREET, EPSOM


For introduction purposes we are treating this as one continuous street.

Upper High Street (then Station Road)

In this street a fair number of original buildings still exist at the High Street end, but you need to ignore the modern shopfronts and look up to see how they used to be.

You may notice on the 1913 map that there is a small triangle of land on the east side of the street, jammed up against the East Street railway bridge. We believe that in 1911 this was probably a store for the shop next door, but at a later date (as shown in the photo below) it became Douglas Estate Agents and it still occupies that position today, re-numbered as 10 High Street.

Further information about Upper High Street is here.

Douglas Estate Agents
Douglas Estate Agents, date not known.
Image courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum.

Now go to the interactive map of this section which can be found by clicking on this thumbnail:
Hovering your mouse over a property will reveal its address; if the property is coloured red, it is a business and a left click of your mouse will bring up the details. Alternatively, use the street list at the end by clicking on the links.

High Street East

High Street East is not particularly recognisable from its 1911 incarnation, although the newer version is not unpleasant. The north side was demolished for a road widening scheme and there is more information about all the redevelopment of High Street East here.

One interesting point about the redevelopment is the way it was carried out on the north side: the new buildings were erected first and then the old shops and houses were demolished. This next picture shows you what it looked like as it happened.

Widening
The old buildings in front of the new.
Image courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum.

The south side of High Street East has not changed quite so much, but again you need to ignore the shopfronts and look up!

Now go to the interactive map of this section which can be found by clicking on this thumbnail:
Hovering your mouse over a property will reveal its address; if the property is coloured red, it is a business and a left click of your mouse will bring up the details. Alternatively, use the street list at the end by clicking on the links.

High Street West

Clock Tower
An evocative shot of the Clock Tower with Albion Terrace behind to the left
and the beginning of West Street to the right.
Image courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum.

The north side is something of a mish-mash, but some of the old buildings are still there, the section from 88 (Leighton's) to 100 (Ashmore Insurance) being a good example. The south side was somewhat decimated by the building of the Ashley Centre, but there is still a good stretch of old shops, notably from the Clock Tower to the Assembly Rooms pub.

There is more about High Street West here.

The Grade II listed Albion Terrace is certainly worth a look, if only for the ornate fašade of the Albion pub (unoccupied at the time of writing).

West Street

West Street was mainly residential in 1911, so that we have covered only the north side portion from the High Street up to the railway bridge. Businesswise the architectural jewels in the crown of this section are the Marquis of Granby pub (Number 4) and the old Furniss premises at 24 West Street (currently Fine & Country).

Now go to the interactive map of this section of the High Street/West Street which can be found by clicking on this thumbnail:
Hovering your mouse over a property will reveal its address; if the property is coloured red, it is a business and a left click of your mouse will bring up the details. Alternatively, use the street list at the end by clicking on the links.

HV Usill
HV Usill
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Jimmy Page
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JA Larby
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J Harrison
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