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High Street, Godalming, 1922
The former Eastman's butchery on Godalming High Street

Godalming's High Street has changed only a little since this picture was taken from beside the Pepperpot, which is at the junction with Church Street. The Angel Hotel on left has been replaced by Angel Court but many buildings on the left hand side of the road remain the same, although there may be more modern shop fronts at ground floor level.

Eastmans Limited, on the right, was a butcher's shop at what was 69 High Street[1] and had been occupied by Eastmans as early as 1913. Before then it had been a greengrocers for some years, run first by S. W. Luxford and then by C. W. Trimmer[2]. John Janaway, in his book about the local pubs, cites a document of 1660 that referred to this three storey timber framed building as "Griggs"[3] The building was described in 1660 as a "messuage or tenement, barn, curtilage and garden called Griggs in Godalming, occupied by John Marner, abutting east on Inn called the Antelopp, formerly of John Denyer, now of Richard Stockton, west on messuage or tenement formerly of Richard Smith, now of Henry Jesopp, south on lands of John Perior, north on High Streete"[4]. There are two further documents referring to "Griggs", dated 1710 and 1713.

The Inn called the Antelopp, which "Griggs" was next to on it's eastern side, later became the White Hart Inn. This is larger timber-framed building next to Eastmans and was still in use as an inn when this picture was taken. The sloping sign between the first floor windows seems to show the outline of a white hart, but it is indistinct. At the far end of the building is the two storey entrance way into White Hart Yard.

A cycle store of some kind, run by Alexander ___ [name unknown] was through the gates on the right of Eastman's butchery.

Unfortunately, other shop signs are not easy to read.

"Godalming, High Street". F. Frith & Co. Ltd., Reigate, No.71776. Published 1922. Not posted.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched and written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.


[1] "Kelly's Directory of Surrey" (1913) Kelly & Co. Ltd, London. Also "Kelly's Directory of Surrey" (1924).

[2] From other photographs and the 1911 census, which can be found on FindMyPast.

[3] Janaway, John (2003) "Godalming and Farncombe Pubs and Breweries", Ammonite Books, Godalming, Surrey. ISBN 1-869866-14-2.

[4] Surrey History Centre, Woking. Ref: 212/52/48212/52/48. Date: 20 Aug 1660.

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