Wow, Here we have a even later postcard showing the centre of Horndean and this one was posted on the 3rd April 1903. The butchers this time is D.D.Denby, and this time instead of cars we have a horse and cart! Horndean was still 11 years away from World War I, so the War memorial would not be added for another 17 years (erected in 1920)
Sincere thanks to Local Historian John Merrell’s personal collection and History Display which he has been showing in Horndean for the last 25 years, and much of the collection is in Barry Stapleton’s book ‘Horndean’ published in 2000.
AT one time Hordean village had two butcher shops, two banks and a post office, and in 1909 the Post office decide to close on Wednesday afternoons.
John also advises that in 1916 the precept was £5 for the Catherington Rural District Council and in 1910 the cost of the Valuation List (presumably in order to collect the rates) cost 1 guinea (£1.05P) and 7/6 (37.5p)for the trap.
For more facts like this have a look for David Eatons booklet “Before Horndean Parish Council 1894-1932”
If anyone can come up with anything older please do get in touch!