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Images Of (old) Woking - The War Of The Worlds - 1898
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Posted 18/09/2005 21:25


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THE WAR OF THE WORLDS

WOKING - IMAGES FROM THE ARCHIVES

All images from the Jonathan Smith Collection (aka: Horsell_ Common)

In 1897, author H.G.Wells released upon the world his planatery invasion of The War Of The Worlds. This startling novel of an alien invasion upon Earth by the inhabitants of Mars was the forerunner of todays science fiction. Whats makes the story so real are the many places mentioned throughout the novel, actual places that exsisted as H.G was writting the novel, places he and others new so well, and it was because of this that bought the horror of the invaders into our world. Here for the first time you will read parts of the story and see what was the reality of 'The War' to end all wars - The War Of The Worlds as seen through the eyes of the author, and all in original period pictures of 'old' Woking.
 
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WOKING RAILWAY STATION - THE EVE OF THE WAR



"From the railway-station in the distance came the sound of shunting trains, ringing and rumbling, softened almost into melody by the distance - It all seemed so safe and tranquil."

'HENDERSON' - THE FALLING STAR



"He saw Henderson, the London journalist, in his garden, he called over the palings and made himself understood."

'OGILVY & HENDERSON' - THE FALLING STAR



"One can imagine them, covered with sand, running up the little street in the bright sunlight, just as the shop folks were taking down their shutters and people were opening their bedroom windows."

HOW I REACHED HOME



"I rose and walked unsteadily up the steep incline of the bridge."

THE FIGHTING BEGINS



"I saw the tops of the trees about the Oriental College burst into smokey red flame and the tower of the little church beside it slide down into ruin."

THE 'SPOTTED DOG' LANDLORD - THE FIGHTING BEGINS



"I started off at once for the Spotted Dog for I new the landlord had a horse and dogcart."

MAYBURY HILL - THE FIGHTING BEGINS



"In another moment we were clear of the smoke and noise, and spanking down the opposite slope of Maybury Hill towards Old Woking."

'ORPHANAGE' - (St Peters Convent) - IN THE STORM



"At first I regarded little of the road before me - and then, in a flash like daylight, the red masses of the Orphanage near the crest of the hill, the green tops of the pine-trees, and this problematical object came out clear and sharp and bright. And this thing I saw! How can I describe it? A monstorous tripod, higer than many houses, striding over the young pine-tress, and smashing them aside in its career."

WHAT I SAW OF THE DESTRUCTION OF WEYBRIDGE AND SHEPERTON



"At the corner turning up towards the post-office a little cart, filled with boxes and furniture, and horseless, heeled over on a broken wheel. A cash box had been hastinly smashed open, and thrwon under the debris. Except the lodge of the Orphanage, which was still on fire, none of the houses had suffered very greatly here. The Heat-Ray had shaved the chimney-tops and passed."

WHAT I SAW OF THE DESTRUCTION OF WEYBRIDGE AND SHEPERTON



"By Byfleet Station we emerged from the pine trees, and found the country calm and peaceful under the morning sunlight."

WHAT I SAW OF THE DESTRUCTION OF WEYBRIDGE AND SHEPERTON



"Byfleet was in a tumult, people packing, and a score of hussars, some of them dismounted, some on horseback, were hunting them about. Three or four Goverment wagons, with crosses in white circles, and an old omnibus, amoung other vehicles, were being loaded in the village street."
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Posted 18/09/2005 23:50




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I liked that a lot, Jon!

It was good the way you married up the pics to passages from the book. I could almost imagine the Narrator walking over the bridge and the church in flames. Fantastic!


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Posted 19/09/2005 00:24


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Now all you need is to 3d model the pics throw in some tripods

army men running around

panicing women and children

and lots of fire and it will look jsut like the images in my head when i read the book


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Brilliant Jon!

I love the idea that HG travelled around his home area planning which bits to be devastated by the martians. These pictures give the imagination something in reality to latch onto.

 




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In that first picture of the row of houses,there's a turning.Down the bottom of the road lives my Father in law's(RIP) Brother.I couldn't believe that place was real when I first saw it.








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Horsell you've outdone yourself with this one!

It's really good to look at these pictures and realise that Woking hasn't changed that much and that the vast majority of those buildings are still standing (if in other uses).

It'd be interesting to see the state of the Post office now...

The really nice touch would have been if there was a 'Spotted Dog' pub in Woking... I wonder if some wag has...?

 

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They Looks Alsome!
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i cannot see the pictures. plz post again i wanna see them

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Horsell Common originally posted the pictures and he no longer works on the board.

I'll try and trace them but I can't make any promises.


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thanks you =D
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