Memories of Lindford

Why did I come to Lindford? This means going back a bit more than 50 years. From the time I left school, I had been employed in the motor trade, even when I was doing my bit for King and Country, I was still involved with vehicles, but mainly of a slightly larger scale, mainly TANKS!, but I never came to Bordon.

Having left the army nobody wanted tank mechanics! So back to the motor trade and, after a considerable time, I was working as a manager in a fairly large workshop. I began looking for something better and one day was approached by a good friend, who told me there was a vacancy for a civilian tank instructor at Bordon. This was going to be a new section but to start with it would be on a casual basis. As it might not work, this was going to be a big risk and, with a wife and two small children … I took a chance, and came to Bordon for an interview. I met some of the people who had also taken a chance and were successful and we all spoke the same language! I got the job.

After the interview, I started work within two weeks. Travelling up and down to Winchester every day became very expensive, even though I was getting more money than in the motor trade. So we decided we would be better off if we moved closer to Bordon. We looked at one or two Houses in Lindford, one we liked but we lost a customer on our House in Winchester so that fell through. Then we found one that had been partly modernised; this still needed more work. We made an offer which was accepted.

We are now in Lindford. A pretty little village, it had a small Methodist Chapel, Post Office and general store in Chase Rd, a garage and petrol station, a small paper shop and general store, both of these on the cross roads, on the opposite side was the pub, The Royal Exchange. Next to the pub was the cricket field, on the edge of which was a large timber building, which had been recently been taken over as a builder’s yard, right at the bottom of our garden! It transpired that this had been the village hall, and dances had been held there most Saturday evenings, with their own Lindford dance band (how things have changed over the past 50 or so years). Two doors up from our house was a small galvanized iron building which was a haberdashery shop. It was quite well used and outside was a telephone kiosk, which the shopkeeper tended to use as her telephone. On the opposite side of the road was the shoe mender’s shop and farther up the road, by the end of Mount Pleasant, was the blacksmith’s shop – a very important trade in a rural village.

Next up the road was the butcher’s shop, which was a very popular and good, on the edge of Windsor Road. On the other side of Windsor Road was the fish and chip shop; people came from miles away to get their fish and chips! Next to that, but back on the main road is the Lindford Working Men’s Club; this has its own history, which I will not attempt to tell as I feel that someone can tell their story better than I.

In closing, it should be told that the roads had grass verges and hedges on both sides; there were no footpaths. In the area known as the Triangle was a prefab estate, no street lights, and many more trees. There was nothing like the traffic that we have to-day. If you attempted to cross the ford at the mill, the water could be very deep, again another story.

Also worth a mention is that, in our time here, a Doctors’ surgery was built in Frensham Lane, but, due to the increase in people, it was moved to Headley. It should be mentioned that the following estates had not been built when we moved here: Five Acres; part of Heather Drive; Chapel Gardens; Grayshott Laurels; the Martin Grant estate; the Pear Tree Estate had just started; Imadene Crescent was nearly finished; Cricket Lea; Elmfield Court; Lindford Wey; Torrington Close; some Houses in Mill Lane; the Chase Estate; and many separate houses. I am sorry if I have missed anything out, or anyone. No doubt I have missed something.