Oral History Project


Hambledon 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.

Click on the Audio or Video to listen.


Olive Thornton and here wartime rescue story:


Muriel Campbell:


Rosemary Arnold:


Marilyn Wilkes:


Terry Price:


May Denyer:


Colin Denyer:


Recordings from the Heritage Society AGMs:

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


Norman Gravestock – Curator of Oakhurst Cottage of the National Trust


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: