A bit of History as described by David Cooper on
Wednesday 23rd July 2003
I noticed a lady walking around the
grounds and asked if I could be of assistance and she replied that her family name was Lewis and she had lived
at the bungalow until 1951 when she was 12 years old.
In her day
the stable block stood to the right of the drive on entry, where 105A now stands
and she and her sisters used to ride their horses along bridle paths into
Staines, Egham & Weybridge, to go shopping.
Between the stables and
the tennis courts, now our dinghy park, was an extensive vegetable garden.
The drive was as she remembered it, and their summerhouse, now our sail
locker, was adjacent to the tennis courts with a connecting gate.
The boat shed was known as the 'Dolls House', where she and her three sisters
The frontage overlooking the river had Tudor style doors
and a small veranda, and the leaded lights still seen around the property were
On the lawn, facing the river, were 3 ponds,
and across the frontage were railings and a matching gated wrought iron arch and
a central landing stage with two weeping Willow trees, one each side of the river
The family owned a boat named "La Mouette" that was
moored there, apart from during the Second World War when it was kept at Tim's
Boat Yard further upstream.
Outside the kitchen window were 3 sheds
used for garden tools etc. Near the back door, adjacent to the furnace room, was
an Anthracite store, where our oil tank stands today.
borders with brick crenelated walls, stuccoes and pebble dash were all around
the property, as can be seen in the photographs in the bar and a large hammock used to be slung in the shade between two trees where our BBQ now
Ms Lewis then described the inside of the Bungalow:
The front door was approached via three wide steps of black quarry tiles,
and some are still visible today (similar to the back door steps)
entering the front door, the first room on the right was a bedroom, the next was
the master bedroom with a dressing area, and the third door was an airing room
On the left side of the hall, our Gents was a bedroom.
Next was the bathroom with yellow wall tiles. The bath was on the right
hand side, narrow end nearest the door and the WC and washbasin were as they are
The next room was and still is the kitchen. There was a large
dresser to the left, and a serving hatch to the right, smaller than it is now.
The gas cooker was in the same position as our electric one is today and the sink
was under the window with wooden drainers either side, later replaced with a more modern
sink unit of the period.
Passing through the end door of the hall
brought you into the dining room, which was to the left, and a wall ran right
through to the rear wall of the bungalow, with a lounge on the right, accessed
through double glazed doors.
The dining room next to the kitchen
was quite small (a beam in the ceiling of the club room shows the extent); and
the original dark panelling still remains.
A dining table stood against the
wall across the room with the bay window behind it.
There was a
door into the fourth bedroom (in rear at left hand corner of the bungalow) with
a window overlooking the garden.
The lounge was a large room with
dark panelling, as it still is today, including the cupboard. There was a fireplace on this wall but we were
unable to find any trace of it today.
On the opposite
wall were two pairs of French doors, which lead into the unchanged
Ms Lewis was now very emotional
and I was unable to glean further information from her.
Ms Lewis was
certain that SSC purchased the property after she had left and that her father
had died there in 1950.
The reason she came to view the property was because she saw the SOLD sign by the
front gateposts. (Occupants at 105a were moving.)