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Putney Vale
Uploaded by bluemax on 7th June 2012, © All rights reserved.
Taken in 1920

The demolition of the Bald Faced Stag to make way for the new KLG spark plug factory at Putney Vale. A no. 85 bus can be seen in the background.

 

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jbcouk
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24th January 2014 at 2:59PM
1. In my opinion this cannot be a picture of the site of the Bald Faced Stag building. As you will see from the picture of the whole KLG complex, it was erected on level ground; and that level ground is clearly shown in the earlier picture of the central section of KLG alongside the Bald Faced Stag building.

2. This photo shows the hill running down from the top of Roehampton Lane towards the bottom of the vale where the junction occurs between the vale (whose correct name is Roehampton Vale - not Putney Vale) and Alton Road. This incline downwards did not occur at the point of The Bald Faced Stag.

3. The site of the Bald Faced Stag is half a mile or more further along the road, by the junction with Stag Lane.

4. You will see in this picture that the demolished building is out of line with the other buildings, and protrudes heavily into the footpath/road area; which the Bald Faced Stag did not do, as can clearly be seen from the picture of it alongside the central section of the KLG in the other photo. The protrusion into the footway/carriageway is undoubtedly the reason the building was demolished.

5. In summary - you have got the wrong building and you have got the wrong name for the road.
bluemax
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27th May 2014 at 4:51PM
Thank you for your comments on the above photo.

I have re-examined the image more closely noting your opinion and in summary have decided to stick by my original description of the demolition site. I have come to this conclusion due to the following:

1. The image was retrieved from the KLG factory when it was closing down in the late 1980's, along with a number of other pictures of the factory, so I have no reason to think that it would be of any other site.

2.I have uploaded another picture of the Bald Faced Stag taken from a different position before it was demolished which clearly show a cluster of trees that are present in both images.

3. The demolished building has a cellar visible which would be in keeping with a public house.

4. In the picture to the left of the road as it goes down towards Kingston Vale are situated a row of houses that are still present today. The area you describe at the junction of Alton road has as far as I am aware, never had buildings on the left side of the road. (where Putney Vale Cemetery is located)

5.I am very familiar with the area and it looks right to me. As for the correct description being Roehampton Vale, this is used for the area although Putney Vale is used more commonly, ie. Putney Vale Cemetery, Putney Vale Estate, etc.
bluemax
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29th May 2014 at 2:22PM
The exact same picture is in C. Ellis book on the history of the Putney Vale site (K.L.G From cars to Concorde, 1989) This is his description of the picture:

Demolition is almost complete of the historic Bald Faced Stag building in 1937. In the distance is Kingston Hill, the 85 bus passes along the A3, just as it still does, and Stag Lane is immediately behind the demolition site. The cellars visible here are where Kenelm Lee Guinness started making his sparking plugs

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