1930s Musicians and Entertainers of Tolworth, Berrylands and Surbiton – Alban Low

The area is dominated by orchestral musicians during the 1930s. The suburb was growing at this time, with railway stations opening at Berrylands (1933) and Tolworth (1938). It was the home of two of the greatest exponents of their respective instruments: Charles Draper (The Grandfather of English Clarinettists) and Jack Mackintosh (The Cornet King).

Discover the homes and lives of 1930s musicians who lived and worked in Tolworth, Berrylands and Surbiton. This book contains a map and short biographies, from famous residents to more forgotten names.

1930s Musicians and Entertainers of Tolworth, Berrylands and Surbiton
Alban Low
Published February 2022
ISBN 978-1-912960-91-0
A6 Size
16 printed pages
A World in London Chapbook 12
Print run of 600
Price – £2.60
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  1. The Toby Jug – 1 Hook Rise South, Tolworth, KT5 9PB
  2. Jonathan Reeves (music publisher) – 17 Southwood Dr, KT5 9PJ
  3. Jack Mackintosh (cornet) – 47 Collingwood Ave, KT5 9PU
  4. Paul Draper (bassoon) – 45 Elgar Ave, KT5 9JH
  5. Odeon Tolworth – 67 Tolworth Broadway, KT6 7DD
  6. Reginald Halcrow (organ) – 191 Hamilton Ave, Tolworth, KT6 7JB
  7. Frederick Ridding (vocalist) and Ella Ridding (vocalist) – 18 Ladywood Rd, KT6 7PD
  8. Eric Percival (violin) – 116 Cranborne Ave, KT6
  9. Douglas Cochrane (Musical Director) – 14 Tankerton Rd, KT6 7LG
  10. Henry Jeal (organ) – 43 Ditton Rd, KT6 6RF
  11. Ptolemy Pardy (piano) – 27 Langley Ave, KT6 6QP
  12. Josephine John (piano) – 4 St Matthew’s Ave, KT6 6JJ
  13. P.G. Clark (actor) – 10 Kingsdowne Rd, KT6 6LW
  14. Charles Draper (clarinet) – Kampala Lodge, 21 Langley Rd, KT6 6LW
  15. Ina Scarlett (actress) – 96 King Charles Rd, Surbiton, KT5
  16. Richard Brinkman (violin) – 6 The Avenue, Surbiton, KT5 8AX
  17. Leslie Hatton (actor/comedian) – 16 Parklands, Surbiton KT5 8EA
  18. Peter Newbury (oboe) – 78 Queens Drive, KT5 8PP
  19. Laurence Lumley-Holmes (flute) – 111 Surbiton Hill Park, KT5
  20. Charles D. Matthews (clarinet) – 73 The Ridings, Berrylands KT5 8HH
  21. The Berrylands Hotel – 107 Chiltern Drive, KT5 8LS

The names and addresses of musicians in this book have been sourced from 1930s Musician’s Union handbooks. Every effort has been made to research and verify information and we are grateful to those experts who have helped in the making of this series. If you know any
additional information or corrections then we would love to include them in future editions.

Alban Low is a London-based artist. He co-hosts The Vinyl Thread on Radio Nope, and is artist-in-residence on the radio programme A World in London.

Thank you to M.G. Thomas; The National Jazz Archives; Melody Maker; NME; The British Newspaper Archives; The National Archives; The Community Brain; Robin Hutchinson; the team at A World In London (DJ Ritu, Sophie Darling, Norman Druker, Lucas Keen); Radio Nope (Bob, Conan, Deb & Brian); the Furlong family; and my wife Natalie.

Villiers Path – Lucy Furlong

2017_02_VilliersPath_Chapbook_04_paginated.inddTake a walk down this historic narrow foot passage in Surbiton. Will you meet the ghost of the beautiful young Lord Francis Villiers, killed in battle here in 1648.

Villiers Path runs between Hollyfield School and the back gardens of the houses in Cranes Park, coming out half way down Surbiton High Road. It is where Lord Francis Villiers died in a skirmish on Surbiton Common on 7th July 1648, in the latter part of the English Civil War,

Over hundreds of years, as Surbiton has changed and grown, the path has narrowed and become hemmed in. Where was the famous tree, engraved with a ‘V’, which marked the spot where the young and beautiful lord bravely defended himself until death?

Poetry and photography from Lucy Furlong.
For more information visit https://seethingography.wordpress.com/

Villiers Path: Scalloped Time
Lucy Furlong
Designed by Mel Hetherington
Published February 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-40-7
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Seethingography imprint chapbook 2
Price – £2

On Thursday 23rd February 2017 Lucy will be launching Villiers Path at the Futures Camarade, which is part of the Visual Poetry show at the Museum of Futures in Surbiton. The exhibition is being curated by  S J Fowler, with assistance from creative writing students at Kingston University, and showcases a diverse range of artists and poets working across the boundaries of visual / textual art.

Read more about the The Seethingographer: #1 Winter 2016