Lightwater views No1: Date plaques on Victorian houses in Guildford Road

This may seem an odd thing to write about, some while ago I took photos of the date plaques on the Victorian and Edwardian houses on Guilford Road in Lightwater between Grasmere Road and Macdonald Road.

This stretch of houses is part of the character of Lightwater. Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Supplementary Planing Document Lightwater Village Design Statement, describes the character of this part of the village as,

The centre of the Village developed around Guildford, All Saints, Ambleside, Macdonald and Broadway Roads and largely derives its valued character from Victorian and Edwardian buildings from the period 1890-1915. These older properties consist of smaller plots and buildings of “humble”, two-storey proportions.

The residential buildings are typical Victorian/Edwardian style villas either semi or detached with facing gable ends and sash windows. Built mainly of red brick, the older properties have grey slate roofs. More modern properties tend to have tiled roofs. Most of the older properties have period architectural detailing including string courses of bricks and quoins at the corner of the buildings, often picked out in white.

Some of the houses are in white render or are painted white. Some have date plaques and timbering adding to their visual interest. A pleasing visual rhythm is often set up by bay windows. These properties were originally built with no garage and shallow front gardens. Front boundary treatments such as garden walls and hedges play an important role in defining and softening the streetscene.

Here are my photos. I’ve not included every house, as some are more modern, and some have no plaque. I’ve included a few that have no plaque simply to show the house style. The sequence begins at the junction Grasmere Road, endind at the junction with Macdonald Road.

Storm Dennis fills our detention pond

Alan, a friend of ours, sent me a photo of Storm Dennis’ deposit in the Lightwater detention pond alongside Red Road.

We drove past the pond last Sunday, and I noticed it was full. I didn’t remember to take a photo for evidence, so I’m delighted that Alan did, as it has filled since.  Here’s his photo.

A remarkable year for our detention pond

I found a definition of a detention pond on the internet, one of which we have in Lightwater, as,

Detention ponds temporarily store stormwater runoff, thereby reducing the peak rate of runoff to a stream or storm sewer. They help to prevent localized flooding…

It’s when Lightwater, and other parts of Surrey Heath suffered it’s ground water flooding in 2006 I became interested in flooding locally. I’ve looked at our small detention pond since then. I’ve photos of it being filled a number of times in 2007. Since then, to my knowledge, it hasn’t been filled with water, that is until this year when it has filled four times between early October and late November.

Yesterday I walked by the pond and found it full again. That’ll be five times this year, when for over 10 years it wasn’t needed. There was a case, in one year, when a resident complained about the grass not being cut in the pond, restricting her children’s ability to play in it. Funny how things change.

Here’s the photo of the pond I took yesterday afternoon.

A Foosh is limiting my blogging

What is a Foosh? It’s the medical shorthand for a Fall on an Outstreched Hand. In my case the fall resulted in broken bones in my wrist.

Most reactions are, firstly sympathy, and then silly boy. I know you’ll be curious as to how it happened. This where the silly boy becomes true. Standing of on the lower step of a badly positioned step ladder, and reaching for Christmas decorations on the top shelf in our garage the ladder went one way and me the other. Result broken bones in my wrist.

One finger typing is annoying, so have been enjoying walks in and around home. Here’s a group of images from my walks.

Re the detention pond. I met a local parish councillor on one walk, and she told me that the inlet and outlet of the detention pond are blockage free, it’s just that the ground is saturated meaning the water takes time to drain away.

I looked into the hole, and what did I see?

What did I see when looking into the hole in Red Road, being dug to inspect for conditions for the route of the Esso oil pipeline?

Nothing very much. The uncovered ground strata didn’t reveal much that I could see, but then I’m no expert. Anyway, here’s a photo of what I saw. A trickle of water was being sucked up. Think I’ll revist later in the week.


A super low maintenance plant for ground cover

In our front garden – the bit that sticks out into our cul-de-sac road – we’ve a Cotoneaster horizontalis, otherwise known as wall spray or rockspray, that has grown to cover the area.

I mention this here because of its good value in the garden. To keep the plant prostrate, as in the photo, I prune any upright shoots. It’s been covered in these lovely red berries for weeks. Luckily blackbirds have yet to find it.

Lightwater events in November 2019 No.5: Remembrance Sunday

This year I’ll be attending the Remembrance Sunday services at St Michael’s Church in Camberley, and at the War Memorial outside the entrance to the Royal Military Academy.

I’ll be missing the service in Lightwater this year. The service by the war memorial attracts crowds of Lightwater residents, where the mix of youngsters and oldsters is a lovely feature of the Lightwater service, as is the Bagshot Brass Band. The band’s playing of the Last Post, followed by Reveille is the poignant part of the service.

Here are a few photos I’ve taken over the years of the Lightwater Remembrance Sunday service. Interesting to note that Lightwater is lucky with the weather, as the sky is blue in each of my photos. I hope it is so tommorrow. [Click on images to enlarge]