Oxted & District History Society - Talk
Oxted & District History Society

Roger Packham, President of the Bourne Society, gave an illustrated lecture to the Oxted & District History Society on ‘ A Look at Victorian Oxted & Limpsfield ‘.

The lecture was illustrated by slides, mainly of postcards but with some earlier illustrations of buildings and street scenes in Oxted, Limpsfield and Limpsfield Chart.  Most of these were photographs taken in late Victorian and Edwardian times, following the opening of the railway in 1884.

Before the railway’s arrival, all of Oxted, except the church, was centred in Old Oxted and illustrations were shown of the pubs, the brewery, shops and school in Old Oxted.  Houses and shops were soon developed in New Oxted and postcards show the newly developed mock-Tudor shops in Station Road West and the Hoskins Arms, built in the 1880s.  Station Road East consisted of a few shops near to the station but contained mainly houses.

Limpsfield was much more of a self-contained community than now with a variety of shops.  Some illustrations showed the decorations put up for the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales and Princess Maud in 1896.  Others showed the now demolished Plumbers’ Arms and views of the shop and windmill at Limpsfield Chart.


A Look at Victorian Oxted & Limpsfield by Roger Packham