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Station Tavern, Horley, Surrey

Picture source: Graham Norris

The Station Tavern was situated on Station Approach. This pub closed in 1993 and has now been demolished.
I was a contractor working at East Surrey Hospital from 1989 to 1991 and was staying in Horley. I used the pub Monday to Thursday and got to know some of the regulars quite well. I only had their first names Jamie, Steve, Beatle, Splif, Bob, Pete and many more. This was the first time I heard the sound of Ray Campi, when I enquired about the music on the juke box I was told that it was the pub userís personal discs. In the Christmas of 1989 Sue and Steve were calling it a day at the Station tavern and that was the last time I saw them.
Graham Norris (September 2014)
The photo below was taken in the 40s or 50s, showing Page & Overtons, and (faintly) the name "Station Hotel" as it then was, misleadingly after Horley station was 'moved' a few hundred yards south when LB & SCR doubled its tracks to 4. The old station master still lived in what survived of the original station opposite, I think his name was Patterson, but I can't remember for sure: he had waved away the trains for years as station master, but had never made the 25 mile trip to London! I can remember the Canadian, and later, U.S. servicemen who used to keep me awake as a kid, with their singing, which my grandfather tried unsuccessfully to stop as he didn't have a music license. They would swarm in, drink all the Scotch, and move down the street to the White Swan (Ind Coope & Allsop), and thence to the King's Head (Charringon) or The Gatwick, across the tracks.
Peter Ballinger (March 2019)

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Name Dates Comments
Paul Woodman 1979-86  
Martin Bones 1986-89 Customer.
Lewis Hardy 1976-1979 I was known as Lew and I managed this pub for Charrington's

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Picture source: Peter Ballinger