Friday, 2 January 2015

Lee Street and St Barts

This is the first entry in what I hope will be a record of places and some events in Horley in 2015 together with some photos taken in earlier years. This first set of photos was taken on 2 January 2015 during a walk with Skye (Labrador, soon to be 9 years old, who will no doubt feature in later blogs).
Quotes are put in italics and I have referenced website where appropriate. 

Lee Street Burial Ground

There is a plaque which gives the history of the Burial Ground.

It reads:
In 1846 six members of the Strict and Particular Baptists built a chapel at the southern end of this site. The remainder of the site was used as a burial ground for worshippers at the chapel and commenced with the burial of Emma Pollard on 6 June 1852. The last burial was that of Jessie Nicol Jones on 14 November 1969. In November 1994 Reigate and Banstead Borough Council acquired the site and designated it as a garden of remembrance for those buried here to enable their decendants (sic), relatives and friends to sit and remember them."

St Bartholomew's Church

Parts of the church date from the fourteenth century although it was heavily restored by A W Blomfield in 1881-2 and the south aisle, west porch and organ chamber and vestry were added in 1900. It now consists of an aisled nave, chancel, south east organ chamber and vestry, north west tower with shingled spire, and north and west porches.  St Bartholomew’s is a Grade 1 Listed Building

The lychgate opens out onto the main A23 and commemorates those killed in the Boer War - a carved inscription on the south side reads "To the glory of God and in memory of our fellow parishioners who fell in the South African War 1899-1902", with names inscribed on both sides of the lychgate.

To the south of the church is the Old Horley Churchyard which contains a number of wonderfully evocative memorials.