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.

SWARD: skin of the earth – Lucy Furlong

sward (n.)
Meaning “sod, turf” developed from the notion of the “skin” of the earth (compare Old Norse grassvörðr, Danish grønsvær “greensward”).

I first came across the word ‘sward’ in the work of Richard Jefferies (1848-1887) the prolific Victorian author and naturalist. This work was inspired partly by Jefferies’ walks in Tolworth and named after his frequent use of ‘sward’ in his writing.

Richard Jefferies lived in Tolworth from 1877 to 1882 (look out for the blue plaque above number 296 Ewell Road). A book of his essays, Nature Near London, describes what he encountered on his long daily walks through Tolworth and the surrounding
areas. Some of this we are lucky enough to be able still to see today, but much of it is under threat from urban development.

This walk along the central reservation of the A240 Kingston Road, from the Tolworth Roundabout to the border with Surrey, represented in the form of this chapbook, is for those who see this stretch of grass and trees in the middle of the road as the marker for going on an adventure into the countryside, and as a sign of returning home from our journeys.

Lucy Furlong is a writer, poet and walking artist, whose family have lived in Tolworth for generations.

skin of the earth
Lucy Furlong
Published January 2020
ISBN 978-1-912960-31-6
Designed by Mel Hetherington
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Print run of 150
Price – £2.60
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