These charming nineteenth or early twentieth century photographs were taken by the famous Francis Frith of Reigate for the brewers, White, Tomkins and Courage, and I would guess they were on a calendar. Reigate was the nearest large town to Bletchingley where the Colgates had lived since the middle of the nineteenth century; these places would have been very familiar to them!
The Angel, Woodhatch; dating from about 1650, there may have been a bowling alley on the same site even earlier.
The building became ‘The White Horse’ in about 1700 and the name cahnge to ‘The Angel’ was in about 1814.
In those earliest times there were no roads only rough tracks across the waste and common land.
Slipshoe Street, which is no longer there, the Red Cross pub stands there now. It was the site of an ancient hospice and pilgrims would slip their shoes from their feet here, hence the name.
This is the successor to the original mill on Gallows Hill which was built in 1765. This one pictured became a chapel.
The market place in Reigate looks surprisingly the same today, aprt from the vast amount of motor traffic. The building in the centre used to be a town hall and then a librry. There has been a building on this site since the thirteenth century, probably a chapel or chantry.
This mill built in 1824 wa sused to grind oats
This tunnel runs through Castle Rock and was started in 1823 by Lord Sommers; the moat of the castle had to be diverted and this construction improved travel to the south from Reigate. There was a toll across this road until 1858
The Pilgrim’s way used to run by here which became a coach road for stage coaches between Reigate and London. There was a toll there, which you can see in this picture from about 1755 to 1881