SOUTH STREET, EPSOM

Introduction

South Street, looking north.
South Street, looking north.
Image courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum.

In the period around 1911 South Street was a road of contrasts, ranging from small cottages and shops to substantial houses for the upper middle classes. At the High Street end there was a block of shops on either side and then there were a few more businesses further southward. However, the road was mainly residential and we are fortunate to have some old photographs from Bourne Hall Museum to illustrate how it looked back then. The pictures are not all of the same date, of course.

At the High Street end we had Controversy Cottages, then owned by local trader Thomas Hersey. Behind the shops on the western side (still at the High Street end) was a row of cottages known as The Folly, which had six rooms* each and housed workers such as bricklayers, coal carmen and employed bakers. These next pictures show you what they were like.

Folly 1

Folly 2

Folly 3
Images courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum.

At the other end of the spectrum there were houses like Rosebank (also known as Reston House, Number 32, next door to The Magpie public house), which had fourteen rooms and in 1911 was the home of Mr William Hopper Swainston, naval architect and consulting marine engineer, who died in 1940, aged 81, from injuries received at this address as a result of enemy action. The disparity between a house like Rosebank and a cottage in The Folly can be judged by the 1900 rateable values of 48 and 9 respectively.

Rosebank
Rosebank
Image courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum.

*not including rooms such as scullery, bathroom or WC

Now go to the interactive map of the 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
Jimmy Page
Jimmy Page
Page Family
Page Family
TH Snow
TH Snow
JA Larby
JA Larby
J Harrison
J Harrison
Foundlings
Foundlings
Nonsuch Mansion
Nonsuch Mansion
New Stables
New Stables