Knaphill improvements


  • Keymaster
    Andy Hills on #5770

    What improvements would you like to see in the village?

    I’ll kick off with wanting that ‘Welcome to Knaphill’ sign being replaced and the roundabout at the bottom of Anchor Hill revamped with planting instead of those awful jagged stones!


    Participant
    Guy on #5811

    That roundabout is horrible!!

    Can we bulldoze the village and start over do you think?


    Participant
    Carpediem49 on #5817

    Yes, the issue of the plug-ugly roundabout is being addressed by the Residents Association working with the Councillors, as is the replacement of the missing village sign. I don’t see bull-dozing taking place, but we’re trying to get what improvements we can! I’m sure I don’t have to tell you these things always take a lot longer than one would wish..


    Keymaster
    Andy Hills on #5818

    Perhaps a list of any other improvements the KRA are working on would be a good topic here?


    Participant
    Guy on #5821

    Shame about the bulldozers. Be interested to hear how the roundabout is being addressed


    Participant
    new1 on #5841

    So what is actually happening? what’s planned??


    Participant
    Knaphillite on #5859

    What’s happening on the roundabout then?

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    amazinglyso on #5865

    The Redding way roundabout just a yard or so from the football ground – needs crossing lights. Is this the same roundabout as everyone else is talking about?. It is most deangerous to cross this road junction to get to the surgery and local shops, and have almost been ran over by fast flowing traffic on several occassions, despite being a strident walker with great foot-speed!.

    I also agree with Andy Hills about the original village sign being kept as it is. It appears to be a very old welcome-mascot of some post Anglo-Saxon and pre-Norman era, and if my keen observations are anything to go by?. Whatever its living age, it is a highly prized sign and because of the artizanship that went into manufacturing it, not just a living tale of the role of the church in people’s lives many hundreds of years ago.

    Whilst searching on the subject of the importance of old village signs on Google, I came accross a useful bit of information about an entirely different village based someplace in Wiltshire, also called Knaphill, yet the village name spelt Knap-Hill as our Surrey one used to once be spelt before the nameplace amalgamated into one single term during the latter part of the medieval epoch. As we already are aware and should know: Surrey Knaphill village name: ‘first recorded in 1225 as La Cnappe. Since then there have been various spellings of the name including ‘Nap Hill, Naphill and Knap Hill’ according to the Wikipedia website.

    The Norman conquest had given vast areas of England Anglo-French titles, particularly more so in the northern territories like Durham and Yorkshire; and presumably where the ‘La Cnappe’ originated, before arriving at what I believe a Nordic Knapp – To break or chip (stone) with sharp blows, as in shaping flint or obsidian into tools. I am unable to really confirm whether present-day Knaphill born from Nordic origin, just that as I am part Swedish with some Danish ancestory, certainly makes a lot of sense. The Norman conquest, contrary to past popular scholarly opinion, did not permanently erase the identity of many towns and villages – some reverted back to their Anglo-saxon (Nordic) roots, and where the south of England: a more powerful ancestral stronghold prevailed way past the Norman conquest.

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    Participant
    Carpediem49 on #5998

    Yes, I know, it’s been a while, the ways of local government are long and tortuous and involve blood, sweat and tears..! But never say die, we’ve got some planters and hanging-baskets on that mini-roundabout to jolly it up a bit, pending some long-term improvement and greening up, so it’s a start. Hope that people have noticed and appreciated!!

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