TQ1557 : Randalls Road, recycling depot turning

taken 7 years ago, near to Fetcham, Surrey, Great Britain

Randalls Road, recycling depot turning
Randalls Road, recycling depot turning
Randalls Road at the turning to the recycling depot. Before the inclosure of Leatherhead Common around 1865, only the turning to the left, now to the recycling depot, existed. The road down to the depot is the old alignment of what was formerly called Gutters Lane, past Brook Cottage leading into Stoke Lane, and so to Stoke d'Abernon. Randalls Road north of this turning was laid out only from 1865, across the former Leatherhead Common. South of the turning, towards the photographer, this part of the road was laid out in the early 1980s to straighten out that part of Randalls Road across Gutters Bridge. The old alignment of the road, a remnant of what used to be called Randalls Lane, can still be seen behind the bund on the far left of the photograph, and is reserved as a horse margin as far as the junction with River Lane to the south. A gypsy site became established behind the bund soon after the old road was stopped up, but this was closed down in the 1990s. The old Gutters Bridge can be seen here: TQ1557 : The Rye at Gutters Bridge.
Randalls Road

Randalls Road is a primary road, the A245, from Leatherhead to Stoke d'Abernon and Cobham: however, only the first two kilometres of the A245 from Leatherhead is so named: beyond the junction with Oaklawn Road, it becomes Woodlands Road, and then Woodlands Lane.
Most of Randalls Road, from Leatherhead as far as the junction with River Lane, was formerly Randalls Lane, which is a very old route linking Leatherhead with Pachesham (the latter predating Leatherhead itself). A further 230m length, between River Lane and the turning to the recycling site, is now sequestered on the west side of what is the replacement road (but remains accessible as a horse margin): both old and new pass over Gutters Bridge, a bridge over the Rye Brook.
Until the inclosure of Leatherhead Common soon after 1865, Randalls Lane turned left into Gutters Lane, down what is now the access road to the recycling centre, then north past Mole Cottage (now Brook Cottage) to rejoin the Stoke Road (now Woodlands Road) at the first bend near West Orchard. To the right, another lane ran east and then north to Patsham Lane Gate on the edge of Leatherhead common, at what is now Pachesham Farm House: the first 180m metres can still be traced as the track leading to the field barn. There was no road straight ahead: this was laid out under the inclosure award at thirty feet wide to the new junction with Patsham Green Road (now Oaklawn Road) and the Stoke Road (now Woodlands Road), the latter rejoining Gutters Lane/Stoke Lane at the first bend.
This explains the varying character of Randalls Road: a narrow, winding lane between Cleeve Road and River Lane, and a straight, wide road beyond. Both Gutters Lane and Patsham Lane were stopped up under the inclosure award, but endured as physical features well into the twentieth century: indeed, the old lane into Pachesham Farm was only replaced with the new drive after WWII.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 2 March, 2014   (more nearby)
Sunday, 2 March, 2014
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Roads, Road transport 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1516 5765 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:18.3797N 0:20.9589W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1520 5762
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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