Providers of top turf for Wembley and Wimbledon

Workers from the Butser Turf Company. Picture: Paul Costen
Workers from the Butser Turf Company. Picture: Paul Costen
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I have no date or precise location for the Butser Turf Co photograph, but I’m sure readers will be able to provide the information, or even recognise relatives.

The Horndean firm was formed in 1928 and became a limited company in 1933. Mr E Edney established the business with A T Smeads.

Bettesworth's in Horndean in about 1910. Picture: Paul Costen

Bettesworth's in Horndean in about 1910. Picture: Paul Costen

It has supplied turf to Wembley Stadium, Windsor Castle and Wimbledon as well as venues across Europe.

When the company marked its 55th anniversary in 1983, it calculated it had sold 85,895,818 turfs.

The second picture was taken in about 1910 and captures the flint-faced building that was Bettesworth’s stationers and the village post office at Horndean.

It was on the junction of Blendworth Lane and Havant Road, though at the time the picture was taken the address was 1 The Square.

Can you pinpoint it?