There’s going to be an influx of party workers into Chobham during the next two weeks. Some people might not know Chobham very well so I can recommend a visit to the excellent Chobham Museum in between canvassing sessions.
Chobham has a fascinating history. Queen Victoria visited the famous Chobham Encampment on Chobham Common. Many of my fellow countrymen were among the British troops stationed there and they impressed passing artists with their Highland games. The pictures can be seen in the museum.
There are lots of photos and artefacts from World War Two as well. Remember that was when the DERA site, as we now call it, on the Common was seized by the government for tank design, research and building. We never got it back.
The museum is staffed by very knowledgable volunteers. I particularly enjoyed the story one told me about the so-called treacle mines on Chobham Common. During the Encampment, soldiers were given tins of molasses to celebrate the Queen’s visit. This wasn’t really to their taste so many troops buried the tins on the Common. They are not exactly bio-degradable so their contents can still turn up when the tins trigger metal detectors.
Chobham Museum is only open at weekends during the winter and is located beside the Co-op on Bagshot Road. Give it a visit when you’re here and don’t forget to sign the visitors’ book.