TQ2749 : The Firs

taken 10 years ago, near to Redhill, Surrey, Great Britain

The Firs
The Firs
Built in 1817 as an inn, the Somers Arms, by John Cocks in anticipation of coaching trade on the new Brighton Road from Povey Cross, near the present day Gatwick Airport, to Gatton Point, south of Merstham, which took place the following year. Its position at the point where the Brighton Road crossed Mill Street/Hooley Lane, which at the time was the route east out of Reigate to Bletchingley and beyond, meant that it stood at an important crossroads. However, custom was hit by the building of the railway in 1841 south through what later became Redhill, and it closed as a pub in 1846.
John Cocks was a member of the Somers family, who were substantial landowners in the area, hence the pub name. When the pub closed, the name transferred to a pub on Raffles Bridge (see TQ2750 : Raffles Bridge, Redhill), now also closed.

The original Somers Arms then served for many years as the vicarage for St John's Church (see TQ2749 : Church of St John the Evangelist), renamed as the Firs.

It ceased to be the vicarage in 1929. It is now divided into flats, along with some later extensions to the original building (the section on the left dates from the 1935).

The building is grade II listed (for listing particulars see LinkExternal link ).
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Date Taken
Sunday, 8 March, 2009   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 11 March, 2009
Public house (converted)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 276 497 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:13.9392N 0:10.3604W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 276 496
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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