East & West Molesey

A Dictionary of Local History

Rowland G. M. Baker, 1972

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Until the early part of this century there were still four large farms in West Molesey. Manor Farm had its farmhouse and yard in High Street where Cannon Way now runs. Its land was farther away on part of the Hurst and what later became the golf course. Island Farm occupied the land between the rivers Mole and Ember, most of which is now occupied by the Island Barn Reservoir. The farmhouse was at the corner of High Street and Priory Lane. Church Farm, the eighteenth century farmhouse of which still survives, lay between Walton and Hurst Roads. The site is now used for the Bishop Fox Secondary and Church Farm Middle Schools. Upper Farm stood on land to the south of Walton Road opposite Church Farm. A small farm called Summers Farm occupied land now part of the Down Street estate, and originally part of Dunstable Common. This was low-lying and water-logged and unworkable for much of the winter, hence it was commonly called "The Summers". The farmhouse still stands.

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