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We welcome any memories of Byfleet life, or snippets of history related to Byfleet (by which we mean the ancient Parish covering Byfleet, West Byfleet and the nearby boundaries)
Royston Chase was occupied by the army during WW2 as were so many of the large houses in the Byfleet area. The entrances from the High Rd and Oyster lane were pretty well where they still are. Along the High Rd frontage the wooden fence shown in older photos had gone and about 30ft in from the footpath was quite a high bank. Conifer trees grew along the top of the bank and shrubs and bushes on the slopes. Something of a path ran along the top of the bank, the favourite route for boys on their way home from school. At the Oyster Lane end of the bank, opposite the Plough, was a public air raid shelter - fortunately little used.
This building was an hotel, located where Laurel Grange and Byfleet Community Library now stand at the rear of Plough Green. The green was originally the front lawn of the hotel, and not the public open space that it is now. Early maps show it as Royton Chase, and it is not known how the letter 'S' crept into its name. It is featured in the Heritage Society's calendar for 2016.
Thanks for your message Mike The Heritage Society has a few photographs of this, one of which will appear in their 2016 calendar (now with the printer) We would love some of your memories of playing there, and other activities in Byfleet If you are still in the area it would be worthwhile visiting the Heritage Room in Byfleet Library, or popping in to one of the free drop in sessions on the first Saturday morning each month, when they have a selection of photographs and other material, on show