The photograph shows a typical Wey barge at the wharf transferring
it’s load. You can clearly see the open fields, a small cottage
and hay stacks in the fields behind the wharf. The horses and cart
are ready for the off. The sign on the wooden gable end of the building
on the left is an advert for the Queen's Head pub, still there today,
in Parvis Road as you enter Byfleet Village.
This photograph, part
of the Harry Stevens Collection owned by Guildford Museum, is undated
in their collection, but by a process of elimination, we have dated
it to 1910, 1911 or 1912. It clearly shows a typical Wey Barge operated
by the Stevens family and built by the Edwards family at Dapdune
Wharf. As these barges were all built between 1910 and 1936 the
photo cannot be earlier than 1910. In the bottom left of the photo
you can see the brick wing wall of Parvis Bridge. In 1912 the single
track wing-walled bridge was replaced with the current one, therefore
dating this photo to no later than 1912. Parts of the base of the
wing wall can still be seen today at Parvis Wharf.
is somewhat different - the Grist Mill, the building on the left,
has been extended to two floors, and is easily recognised by its
distinctive gantry protruding from the upper floor out towards the
water. The one in the middle has been demolished (foundations still
visible today) and the Barn, the building on the right, is much
the same as it was in 1910. The M25 runs right through the hay-stacks!
The Grist Mill is
believed to have been built around 1800 as a wharf store/warehouse.
It got its name in the 1930s when occupied by Surrey Grist Mills
Ltd and it is thought that the upstairs was added at this time.
Origins and purpose of the Barn as less clear, but it is understood
to date to about 1880, and has some wonderful oak timbers inside.
We are pleased to
be the tenants of Parvis Wharf, full of history and character, and
bringing to it another waterway related business in keeping with
For more information on the River
Wey: its facilities, history, wildlife, famous sons & daughters,
The National Trust:- http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/riverwey
Wey Valley Exchange:- http://www.weyriver.co.uk/theriver