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BUTCHERS, BAKERS & CANDLESTICK MAKERS

BUTCHERS Henry   Bushby    is   listed   as   a   butcher   in   Wonersh   in   the   1855   Post Office   Directory.      This   photograph   shows   his   premises   to   the   right of   where   the   Wonersh   surgery   now   stands.   His   premises   were bought    by    Mrs    Cook    who    financed    their    conversion    to    the buildings   as   they   are   today   ( The   Little   House   and   Nos   2   and    3 The   Street ).      It’s   said   that   Henry   was   very   fond   of   his   ale   but   had no   problem   doing   his   rounds   because   his   horse   was   always   able to find its own way home if Henry was incapable. When   Henry   died   in   1891   his   widow   Clara    took   over   the   business until   at   least   1924.      The   1891   Census   lists   three   of   her   sons   as butchers   and   a   daughter   as   an   assistant   butcher.   Cattle   were chosen   at   Guildford   Market   each   week   and   brought   to   Wonersh giving   rise   to   complaints   in   1909   of   the   smell   from   the   slaughter house   (thought   to   be   at   the   rear   of   the   shop)   during   the   summer months. Grinstead’s   butchers   was   on   the   Common   until   at   least   the   1970s.      In   1945   and   1967   the   butcher   was   listed   in   Kelly’s   Directory   as   Mrs   O   Hancock    but   later,   and   very   appropriately,   the   butcher   was   Mr   Bacon .      Also   listed   in   Kelly’s   in   1927,   1930   and   1934   was   William   Palmer ,    a butcher based in Barnett Lane. BAKERS The   Sheilings   (now   the   Pharmacy)   was   originally   a   shop,   bakery and   Post   Office.      In   19th   Century   trade   directories   William   Nash   was   shown   as   the   grocer   followed   in   the   1901   Census   by   George Bushby     a    grocer    running    the    Post    Office    until    at    least    1930.      Minnie   Ireland   (Lawnsmead)   remembered   the   ‘delicious   faggot bread’ baked at The Sheilings. Thomas   Elwin   was   another   baker   and   confectioner   based   at   The Common. CANDLESTICK MAKERS Sorry, not one to be found. GUEST HOUSE & TEA ROOMS This   was   another   incarnation   of   The   Sheilings   in   the   middle   of   the   20th   Century.      In   1934   it   was   owned   by   the   Misses   Edwards,    in   1938   by Miss Searle,  in 1944 by Mrs D G Brown  and in 1967 by Wing Commander and Mrs Prince . BLACKSMITHS Recent   information   suggests   that   the   forge   was   near   the   cottages   at   The   Common,   possibly   close   to   where   Old   Forge   Cottage   is   today.     Prior   to   this,   it   is   believed   that   the   smithy   was   near   the   bridleway   opposite   Rice’s   Corner.      The   first   blacksmith   known   was   James   Hurst   (born   1816)   who   was   followed   by   his   son   Arthur    (born   1848)   and   they   lived   at   Hurst   Cottage   (now   Westbrooke   Cottage)    on   Wonersh Common   Road   opposite   Blackheath   Lane.      By   the   1911   Census,   Arthur   is   an   inmate   in   the   Hambledon   Union   Workhouse   where   he   died   in 1912 at the age of 62.
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