Farnborough lies astride the ancient rouadfrom London to the Kent coast at Hastings.  It is about four and a half miles from Bromley and nine to Sevenoaks.

The photos on this page are from the early years of the twentieth century, contrasted with the same locations seen today.  Click to enlarge.

At Locksbottom on the road toward Bromley was the Workhouse, which evolved to become Farnborough Hospital. Also close by was the triangular strip of land Tugmutton Common, a noted winter stopover point for Gypsy families.  They were eventually evicted from living on the Common, but many then moved into houses in the roads adjoing the Common.

Fox's Brewery Green Street Green
To the South-East is the old village of Green Street Green. The opening of Oak Brewery by Fox & Sons in 1836 was the first awakening of Green Street Green from a tiny hamlet. Village life centered round the brewery until 1909 when it closed down. During the First World War it was used briefly as a barracks. It became the Telcon Plastics factory site before the Second World War. This has now made way for a new housing estate, standing opposite the parade of shops in which Waitrose, arriving in the 1970s, is the main supermarket.
High Elms with Former Mansion

To the south lies the High Elms estate. The Lubbock family have a long and enduring relationship with Farnborough, through the purchase of the estate in the early nineteenth century, and its subsequent expansion and development.
Old Hill (former Turnpike Road)  

The turnpike road originally passed down Church Road in Farnborough then up Old Hill. Later, after the road down Farnborough Hill had been improved, the route changed to go through Green Street Green village. Farnborough bypass was opened in 1927.

Farnborough by-pass - opened 1927


Farnborough Home Guard

I thought you might like to see this photo of the 52nd Battalion Home Guard that was based in Farnborough.   Their headquarters were in Farnborough Park in one of the houses as you entered the park from Crofton Road.

The only person I can identify is my Father Cecil Dowding who is the first person on the right.  My Father was very proud to be in the Home Guard as he was too old to be called up and this was something he could do.   

I was only a very little girl at the time so I can only remember fragments.   I do know his rifle used to live in the cupboard under the stairs alongside Mums ironing board!   The photograph was taken in Locksbottom outside what used to be Grenards the newspaper shop at that time.    

Mary Scullard 

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