Paddy, a former resident who moved away in the
1970's had written to me and, as well as making some nice comments
about her "virtual" return to the village, asked about the current
situation of some of the things she remembers. This, and similar
enquiries from others, prompted me to prepare this page, especially for
those who remember Bagshot a few years ago. Please use the message pad
below to add your memories or question.
Waterers Nurseries has closed. It was
taken over by Notcutt's and for many years traded as Notcutt's Garden
Centre and Waterer's Nurseries. But Notcutts decided to consolidate
their nursery activities elsewhere, leaving Bagshot as just a sales
centre. The little wooden building that used to be the sales point
became an office/store and a huge new covered sales area been
built behind it. But Notcutts progressively pulled out of the whole
site as described below.
closed in 2007 to be demolished and replaced with sheltered retirement
housing. In latter years Pantiles night club had become a bit quieter
than it used to be - that may in part have been due to better
soundproofing, but I understand that trade had been diminishing as
'night life' in Camberley increased. The owners had rebuilt an old
tythe barn next door and used it as a restaurant. A separate page
discusses the former Tennis
Club and Swimming
Pool (both of which are long since gone) and the Badminton
Hall that went at the same time as Pantiles.
The Guildford to Bracknell Road (A322) has skirted the
village since the late 60's. Coming south from Bracknell the road
passes under the A30, wiggles to pass over the railway and crosses the
line of the original Guildford Road at what used to be known as Stone
Hill. An intersection with the M3 motorway was built just off the line
of the original Guildford Road, leaving detached bits of Guildford Road
on either side of the motorway. The new road rejoining the Guildford
Road as it entered Lightwater. 'Mojo' remembers it prior to this
realignment: "the road from Bracknell used to meet the A30 at a tee
junction with traffic lights. I have stood at those lights in the early
hours waiting to thumb a lift into Bracknell after having a late night
out in Camberley." [8076.908]
Stonehill Crescent was an arc of houses on the Lightwater side
of the motorway (but would have been on the parish boundary until the
realignment following that road's building). Circa 1970 they
were re-numbered as part of Guildford Road. [Sep
About 1970 a new telephone exchange was
build a few yards from the old one. Later the old exchange was
demolished and replaced by an office block with an unusual circular
tower for a fire escape.
The tip at the end of Swift Lane closed and the area was
later developed as a site for travellers, together with a domestic
refuse collection site comprising lots of large skips..
Elsewhere, Parnell's hardware on the
bypass has been redeveloped as a small estate of offices; as has what
used to be Kemp's
coal yard on Guildford Road. The Hero of Inkerman
pub at the bottom of Church Road got closed down and later burnt down.
It was replaced by an outlet of a bar/restaurant chain, thus
maintaining the ridiculously large number of pubs in the village (more here).
A lot of housing has been built in the last 35 years. The
"nursery estate" was built about 1970 on nursery land in the triangle
between Guildford Road, the railway and the new route of the A322.
Yaverland Drive housing estate was started in the mid-1970's. From
College Ride and the top end of Higgs Lane, Yaverland cuts straight
through to the A30 with lots of houses off it. Higgs Lane has been
closed off at its junction with London Road.
More recently the Connaught Park estate was built on land
behind Connaught School sandwiched between the M3
motorway and the railway line, and a small estate has been built built
on Station Road and continuing along behind Pantiles (a bit more about
After several years in the planning, and approval stages,
2010 saw the start to work on a large housing development on the former
Waterers nursery site on the A30. The new
the remaining Notcutts Garden Centre sales site. But soon
this site was redeveloped with a new Waitrose supermarket and what was
intended to be a Notcutts outlet - but Notcutts never moved in and the
facility remained empty untill 2017.
The Council Offices in Manor Way were
demolished in the 1980's, some years after Bagshot Rural District
Council was merged with Camberley & Frimley UDC to form Surrey
Heath Borough Council (the council building new offices in Knoll Rd,
Camberley to replace those at Bagshot and London Road, Camberley. Sun
Microsystems built a large office on the site. They moved out and
Steljes now have their headquarters there. The very old council
building in the narrow part of the High Street houses the library and a
Hall Grove Farm that used to lie between
Bagshot and Windlesham is now a golf course, with some of the buildings
turned into a small industrial estate. Hall Grove house is a private
Garden Centre on Guildford Road just south of the railway
viaduct has gone and been replaced by a housing association's flats.
The old mill building in Church Road has been converted into housing
and further flats built behind it.
Kim reminds us thatParker's
Garden Centre was never a garden centre. I am Fred Parker's
granddaughter and originally Parker's was a wood merchant specialising
in logs, later on it became a wood and stone merchants, then branching
out into landscape gardening. When my Grandfather died in 1967 my uncle
continued with the business until he passed away.
classic car business on The Square closed and the site is now
divided into three businesses: a restaurant, a building society branch
and a second carpet retailer for the village. But the
building society decided to abandon us and closed down the branch.
Sharon recalls: In
1979/80 I was on a
Christian Leadership course at Bagshot Park with the Chaplains. I was
recovering from a nervous breakdown and I think the Army was trying to
break me back in gently (!), and I seem to remember a car salesroom in
the High Street / The Square that had 'special' cars. I vaguely
remember the most wonderful Jensen Healey Interceptor. Memories are a
little foggy, but I know the lads and I drooled profusely over these
cars, and ached to drive them!
As Sharon says: cars to drool over. My abiding memory is of
a racing car quite literally hung on the wall!. I have no pictures of
Duncan Hamilton's to illustrate the point. Zak agrees: "When
I was little my Mum would go shopping in Gateways and I would go and
would spend the time day dreaming in Duncan Hamiltons. Do you have any
pictures of the square from that era (late 70's early 80's)?"
Ron Frost recalls The Square from the 1940's: Duncan Hamilton's premises in Bagshot Square
was for many years Mason and Stennets clothes,
shoes and haberdashery shop. In the square was also the International
Stores, where everything was hand served, butter, sugar,
flour etc were all wrapped in brown paper and none was lost. Then came Barclays
Bank and then Chapmans shoe shop. Cross
Park Street and you came to Greens the Butcher and
then Papworths radio and electrical goods. Next
came the Cinema and then a sweet shop.
Peter Summerton recounts that by the 1950's the butchers was
trading as Leonards. It was still
Leonard's in the 1970's and later became the Little
Butcher and Baker. The premises are now a café.
We have to go the George Arthur in Lightwater to find a
Chapman's closed their Bagshot show shop
in 1999, and later also their Camberley branch.
and Cinema burned down (about 1960) and was
replaced by an office block above two shop fronts.
Barclays' Bank closed and the building
divided into premises for a bookmaker and a fast food outlet. I assume
that the former makes good use of the old strong room!
The former Morris' removals business'
yard behind Hart Dene garage has been replaced by retirement flats.
More about Hartdene here.
The Catholic Church built an extension on
the front to provide extra space. The Bagshot Evangelical
Church has renamed itself the Brook Church in recognition of
the fact that they serve the whole of the Windle Brook area, not just
Bagshot. St Anne's Church has built a new Church
Centre behind the church, the old Parish Hallcontinues
to be available for community use, though it has not been used much for
dances for a long time.
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