Sunday, 15 February 2015

Horley Objects

Not the most inspiring of titles for a blog but this is a miscellany of objects that do not seem to fit into any other category.

First three old post boxes - most in Horley date from Queen Elizabeth's reign but here are a few older ones from George V, this one on Horley Row:

this one built into the station,

and this one on Massetts Road just before the junction with Brighton Road.

There are a couple of milestones that I know about in Horley on the A23.

First is on Bonehurst Road just north of the junction with Ladbroke Road opposite the now defunct Chequers Hotel. According to the Milestone Society it is a Reigate iron casting.

The second is opposite the Lych Gate to St Barts - another Reigate iron casting - it could do with a clean!

The Horley Millennium Mosaic is in the High Street pedestrianised area. It was commissioned by Horley Town Council to commemorate the Millennium and unveiled on 2 December 2000.The mosaic was designed and made by the Mosaic Workshop in Holloway Road, London, and paid for by Mitchells, who were celebrating their centenary that year. 

This is a view from the north looking south with Gatwick's runway in the distance.

A closer look at Horley, the railway clearly visible and Yattendon School near the centre.

Almost lost in the grass verge at the junction of Russells Crescent with Victoria Road in front of the hoarding to the new Russell Square development, a George V gas main marker (I think).
This is a photograph of the sculpture at entrance to the  Langshott Estate which I took five years ago on 30 January 2010, see

When I uploaded it to the Geograph website I said 'The sculpture, called 'In The Park', is a by Sydney Harpley RA. It was commissioned by Wates Homes, the builders of the estate. Originally it included a small dog at the feet of the family but in the way of all good things it was stolen many years ago!'

The same view today is a little different, the plaque is still there -

but that is all....

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Idyllic Countryside - soon to become houses?

Coming Soon – An exciting development of forty (TBC) plots in idyllic countryside surroundings off Meath Green Lane - so says Marden Homes Ltd website

The numbers refer to the pictures below which show the view as of January 2015.


LOCATION: Landens Buildings Meath Green Lane Horley Surrey RH6 8HZ
PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT: Refurbishment and conservation of existing farm buildings to form 9 new dwellings; demolition of existing bungalow, other outbuildings and structures; construction of 29 new dwellings, with associated garaging, boundary treatments, hard and soft landscaping. Application for Listed Building Consent for demolition of outbuildings and removal of haha wall.

Landens Farm House was Grade II listed on 2 December 2014. According to the British Listed Buildings website
the north west wing of the building is late  C16  and marked on the 1602 map of Horley as the property of John Bayall of London, which gave the name Landen's (a corruption of London).