Appeal for door photos

Wednesday 19th January 2022 5:00 pm

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Scott Bell, who recently set us the puzzle of identifying the location Elsie Powell’s village street painting, has now set readers another puzzle which, hopefully, will be easier to solve.

Scott has recently moved to a cottage in Vicarage Lane, Farnham, next to St Andrew’s Church, and is interested to discover a little more about the history of the cottage and its residents. The house is part of a short terrace numbered from 2 to 7.

The obvious place to look for the history is Pat Heather’s excellent series of The Town of Farnham histories recently published by the local museum society. However, even in that there are no historic photographs of the row and those are particularly important to Scott, who writes: “The cottage is Grade II-listed but has a replacement aluminium door. I don’t know why it was allowed but we want to replace it with a door similar to the original so a picture would be of great help.”

Well, I checked my own photographic collection and found this view I had taken from the churchyard back in the late 1970s but unfortunately it doesn’t show clearly Mr Bell’s new home at the far end.

If anyone has photographs which show numbers 2 and 3, Peggy Banfield’s former home, please can they get in touch with Scott Bell ([email protected]) or via Peeps to help him restore the original character of his conservation area home?

Likewise, if you have stories about the former residents of this quiet little Farnham backwater, including Tony Brown who restored Pump House Cottage, complete with its laundry display, a little further down.

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