I was looking for information about Limpsfield, Surrey, for Mary Longman and
found a book "Limpsfield in old picture postcards", it mentions Lilia Steer
who must be the one whose monumental inscription was recorded recently by
In Loving Memory of Florence Steer daughter of
George and Mary Ann Steer of The Chart
departed this life Aug 16, 1914 Aged 50.
At rest. Also Leonard Burley
died December 7, 1923 Aged 76 years.
At rest. Also of Lilia Steer, who entered into the
fullness of joy April 4, 1946 In her 86th year
The book contains 76 copies of postcards of Limpsfield dating from about
1900 to the 1930s, the village buildings in the pictures are of course a lot
older. I quote from the book's introduction "In Limpsfield, several local
shops had...postcards published...also views of Limpsfield Chart published
by Misses Steer and Burley from there little sub-post office next to the
Carpenter's Arms". Several of Steer and Burley's postcards are featured
including three of the Post Office itself, one a view of the face of the
building with this description. "Miss Kate Burley and Miss Lilia Steer
published this fine view of their own post office and grocer's shop on a
coloured postcard which was posted from The Chart post office in 1910.
Perhaps it is Miss Steer in the doorway...". In the picture (reproduced in
black and white) the sign above the door reads "THE CHART POST OFFICE.
L.STEER & BURLEY...FAMILY GROCERS & PROVISION DEALERS" There is also some
smaller writing which could be something like "Late G STEER" after the word
BURLEY. The picture being of the building makes the image size of the
people quite small.
The book is still in print should anyone be interested. Does anyone know
more about Lilia or her family?
John in Dorking, England