Heritage Research Bursary

The Hambledon Heritage Society was established to ensure OUR VILLAGE heritage is understood, documented and appreciated by current and future generations.

Many village residents have supported the aims of the Society, with important contributions such as the compilation of the village scrapbook, publication of booklets and articles plus of course the popular speaker’s presentations at the Annual General Meeting, with topics ranging from dendrochronology, WWll memories through to famous residents and associated village houses.

The Society continues with its programme of research activities but is now wishing to encourage, new, interested Researchers to add to this programme, by offering two, Heritage Research Bursaries of £100.00 each for 2017-2018.

These Bursaries are designed primarily to attract young Researchers, who are in full or part time education, are normally Hambledon residents or progeny of current residents and are interested in conducting village heritage research, selecting a topic of their choice. However, research has no age limitations.

Examples of such topics could be; glass manufacturing, the workhouse, why a two-centred village?, the lime kiln and its uses etc. but new and innovative topics would be welcome.

To apply for one of the research Bursaries or just to make an enquiry, please write to or call Stephen Maycock, a member of the Hambledon Heritage Society committee who will be pleased to discuss the Bursary programme in more detail.

Maycock.steve@gmail.com  or 01428-682230.

For further information regarding the Hambledon Heritage Society and its activities please contact, Ross Kilsby,  Chairman, 01428-685622.

Memorial obelisk on Hydon’s Ball Listed By Historic England

The obelisk on the flank of Hydon’s Ball, which commemorates the lives of two brothers who died in the First World War, has been given a Grade II Listing as a structure of special interest by Historic England.

The Listing gives protection to the monument and official recognition of its architectural and historic significance.

It is one of more than 2,500 memorials to the fallen that Historic England is listing as the nation remembers the 100th anniversary of the 1914-18 Great War. More than 740,000 military personnel from the British Isles alone died in the deadly global conflict.

The obelisk commemorates Second Lieutenant Laurance Robertson, aged 36, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, who was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme on 30 July 1916, and his brother Captain Norman Robertson, 40, of 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment, who died in a military hospital in Hanover on 20 June 1917.

Our photograph below shows the obelisk following the heavy snowfall in November 2010, two weeks after Remembrance Sunday.

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It was erected as a result of a bequest to the National Trust in the will of their eldest brother William, who died in 1937. The Trust already owned much of Hydon’s Ball and the bequest required the purchase of a small plot of land on Hydon Heath and the erection of the monument. This was completed in 1959.

The obelisk can be found beside the footpath below the summit on the south-west slope of the hill. It is easily reached from the lower end of Church Field, through the kissing gate, turning right to the little pumping station and then following the path up hill to the left. Many villagers leave poppies on the memorial around the time of Remembrance Sunday.

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Oral History Project


Hambledon Heritage Society has assembled a range of audio and video recordings of villagers.

Recordings from the Heritage Society AGMs:

Norman Gravestock – Curator of Oakhurst Cottage of the National Trust


Mr Milligan, son of F. E. Milligan, former Headmaster of Hambledon School:


Olive Thornton’s video of the German Airman rescue from 1942:

The full story is detailed here.


Joan Vickery on her life living in Hambledon:


Louis de Bernieres on his formative years living in Hambledon:

Recordings from a “Night to Remember” 2009:

The Heritage Society assembled for their 2009 AGM in the Village Hall – the theme was a “Night to Remember” – memories of living in Hambledon during the 1940’s.  A number of guest speakers were invited, and recordings of their stories are included here for you to listen to

Olive Thornton and here wartime rescue story:


Muriel Campbell:


Rosemary Arnold:


Marilyn Wilkes:


Terry Price:


May Denyer:


Colin Denyer:


Hambledon Heritage Society

The Society promotes and encourages the study of the history of the Parish of Hambledon.  It encourages the conservation and preservation of buildings, memorials, antiquities, memorabilia, records, manuscripts and pictorial material relating to the Parish of Hambledon.The Society owns photograph albums going back over 100 years which are kept up to date.  These are displayed at village events, and are available to Hambledon residents to borrow. The Society organizes an annual lecture on a relevant topic each spring.

The Hambledon Heritage albums are now housed in the Sun Room at Cobblers, which means that they can be accessed by anyone interested in finding out more about the history of our village and the personalities who contributed to it. Please let Jane Woolley know if you would like to visit and browse – 01428 684213 or j.woolley881@btinternet.com. The postal address is Cobblers, Woodlands Road, Hambledon, Godalming, Surrey GU8 4HL.

Hambledon was one of the contributors to the Women’s Institute Scrapbook competition in 1952. It is made up of ‘scraps’ collected and given by Hambledon residents and was produced and maintained by Mary Parker, who lived in the village (and remained there all her life). It was kept at the village Post Office and was available for loan. By 1997 it was showing signs of wear and tear so a Hambledon Heritage Exhibition was organised to raise money for a Mary Parker Memorial Fund which enabled the Scrapbook to be conserved and re-bound.

The interest which the 1998 Exhibition evoked and the material that was contributed to it awakened a realisation that there was an on-going need for village memorabilia to be retained and recorded. This led to the establishment of the Hambledon Heritage Society, one of whose roles is to compile and maintain a meticulous collection of photographic and printed memorabilia which are contained in the Hambledon Heritage albums.

Visit http://hambledonsurrey.co.uk/scrapbook/ if you would like to look at the digitised version of the Scrapbook.   The possibility of making some of the other albums available on line will be kept under review; in the meantime you can get an idea of their contents by visiting http://hambledonsurrey.co.uk/albums/



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The Hambledon Heritage Society is also proud to announce the publication of the first part of their Oral History Project:  video and audio recordings of villagers’ stories recounting life in the Hambledon during the 1940’s.





If any other Villagers have personal memories they would like to contribute, participate in this CD development project, join the Heritage Society or its Committee please contact Julie Steele on 01428-682853.

Milford Hospital Unveils Plaque – Galton & Simpson

June 1st saw a significant event for the history of Milford Hospital.  Two former patients returned to see a plague unveiled to mark their meeting in 1948.  Ray Galton & Alan Simpson met as 19 year olds suffering from TB.  They stayed for many years receiving treatment – but their time was well spent.  The started to write comedy sketches together, which were performed on the rudimentary hospital radio service.     They went on to become the foremost comedy scriptwriters – creating Hancock and Steptoe and Sons, and a huge catalogue of shows over the following decades.    The plaque was unveiled by their friend and performer Paul Merton.

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I had the privilege to meet the guys a few years ago, as part of my research for the Milford Hospital History Website.   They described to me in detail their years at Milford, and most interestingly, the location of the original laundry cupboard in which they built their radio studio – arguably the “Birthplace of the British Sit-Com.

You can find the story here.

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Repaint for Village Shop Phone Box

The red phone box outside Hambledon Post Office and stores has been given a repaint by BT, with the Crown picked out in gold in this Queen’s Jubilee and London Olympic year.

The kiosk, which is of the iconic K6 design, was given listed status by English Heritage in October 2010. Recently the paint had peeled and faded and the parish council requested a repaint, which was carried out two weeks ago. The interior has also been repainted.

BT had proposed removing the kiosk three years ago because the number of calls made from it had declined with the widespread use of mobile phones, but this was resisted by the council and others. The parish council asked English Heritage if would consider listing it and an inspection was carried out.

The kiosk is of the classic design by Giles Gilbert Scott and was first introduced in 1935 on the occasion of King George V’s Silver Jubilee. English Heritage concluded that the Hambledon box, situated in a picturesque landscape next to a pond and post office, within a conservation area and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, “contributes to the exceptional rural setting in which it stands”. It was given Grade II listed status.

It now looks splendid with its fresh coat of paint.  Although the box cannot now be removed, BT may remove the phone apparatus, subject to further consultation, sometime in the future. So please pop in and use it. It makes a pleasant change from a mobile phone. But remember: you will have to buy a phone card from the village Post Office as the kiosk no longer accepts coins.alt

Hambledon selected for National Archive Project

altAt the start of the year Surrey History Centre chose our website as one of three Surrey websites to be part of a new archiving project in association with the National Archives.  I am pleased to say that the project is now completed.   This is a super feather in the cap for Hambledon.

A page on their website gives further details and also includes a link to the archived version of the Hambledon Village site.   More information is also available on the National Archives website. 





The Hambledon Heritage Society is developing a series of guided walks encouraging the exploration and understanding of Hambledon and its historic landscapes.

The first in this series will follow the footpaths and bridleways through part of the Hurst. This guided walk will enable us to become aware of layers of geological and archaeological time and discover the history revealed in the landscape.

Join us on Sunday  26th June at 11:00am. We will meet at the entrance to the disused Nutbourne brickworks. The walk will take circa 2.0 hours with pauses for observations, briefings & questions.

A small, minimum donation of £2.00 per adult is requested but children will be free as part of the Society’s philosophy of encouraging our younger villagers to better understand, enjoy and become enthusiastic about,  OUR  VILLAGE HERITAGE.

English Heritage "Lists" Village Phone Box

ImageThe traditional red phone kiosk outside Hambledon Village Shop has been given a Grade II listing by English Heritage on the grounds of its architectural and historical significance.  The listing gives the box protection from removal at a time when British Telecom is reducing the number of public phone kiosks across the country.


In 2008 Stewart Payne asked English Heritage to consider listing the kiosk on behalf of Hambledon Parish Council, giving reasons why the kiosk should be protected.

English Heritage informed him this week that its criteria had been fulfilled and BT and Waverley Borough Council would be informed of its listing. Continue reading