Jane Woolley Retires As Parish Council Clerk

Jane Woolley has retired as clerk to Hambledon Parish Council after twenty years of invaluable service, dedication and hard work.

Although Jane is by no means stepping down from active involvement in the village, this is a timely moment to reflect on her significant contribution as she hands over to her successor, Caroline White, on January 1st, 2018.

Jane’s commitment has already been recognised when, in 2008, she was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her voluntary service to Hambledon.

Her resourcefulness – as well as her generosity – was instrumental in setting up the Hambledon Village Trust, which now owns the freehold of the village community shop, and has helped fund and promote a range of local activities.

She celebrated her 70th birthday by walking 70kms in 70 hours to raise £7,000 to fund a shop re-fit, and on her 80thi in 2016 she undertook another fund-raising walk, this time a half-marathon, to raise more than £2,000 to pay for an outside toilet at the shop, for the use of customers including those with disabilities.

At a retirement party hosted by John Anderson, parish council chairman, she was thanked for the guidance and support she had given him and his colleagues. Surrounded by current parish councillors, Waverley and Surrey County councillors and others from the many areas of public life Jane has been involved with, John praised her for her “steely determination, great eye for detail and always ensuring that correct procedures were followed”.

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Raymond Smith Remembered With Memorial Bench

A memorial bench commemorating the life of Raymond Smith and his contribution to village life – and to Hambledon Cricket Club in particular – was unveiled at a short ceremony on Saturday September 10.

A planned cricket match between a Hambledon Village XI and a Family and Friends XI was rained off but spirits were not dampened inside the pavilion where a toast was drunk in Raymond’s memory and a barbecue served under a gazebo outside.

Andy Hinde, club chairman introduced Mic Coleman, long-serving club president who spoke of Raymond’s immense contribution to the club, a driving-force behind fund-raising and an enthusiastic and active supporter.

His widow Peggy then unveiled the bench assisted by son Charlie and daughter Rosie. They are pictured sitting on the bench, the first of many who will relax on its timbers to enjoy cricket on the green.

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Raymond, who lived at Lane End, died in January this year and his funeral service at St Peter’s Church was packed as tributes were given to his role as dedicated family man, loyal friend and outstanding contributor towards many aspects of village life.

His son Charlie spoke fondly of learning to play on the cricket green where his father was a convivial and welcoming figure on the boundary.

It is planned that the memorial cricket fixture will be re-arranged for next season.

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* Our photographs above show Mic Coleman making his speech and Charlie recalling his father with his sister Rosie and Andy Hinde looking on.

King George V Hospital History

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Built by the Metropolitan Asylums Board as a Tuberculosis Isolation Hospital in 1922 (originally known as Highdown Sanatorium), KGV was at the cutting edge of TB research and treatment for forty years. It was instrumental in pioneering development of drug therapy (streptomycin) to combat TB and the manufacture of Iron Lung equipment. KGV had a smaller sister hospital just 2 miles to the west: Milford Hospital ( formerly Milford Sanatorium )

Groves--smallThe King George V Hospital was constructed at an initial cost of £215,000 on an open field site surrounded by trees. The land was originally part of the Busbridge Hall estate. Chessums were the builders working under post-war pressure to complete on time and on budget. Original plans intended that the entrance would be from Hambledon Road, with a long drive approaching the star formation building layout. (The route is probably marked by a line of Poplar trees still in evidence between Hares Grove, the Superintendent’s house, and the road.

Cost cuts prevented this and the Salt Lane entrance remained the only way in with porter’s gatehouse. Buildings on site included many isolated wards connected by covered open sided paths in a star formation, canteen, chapel, kitchens, pharmacy, Library, X-ray and operating theatre (extended in 1950’s), nurses homes (1940 & 1960’s), admin block, greenhouses, patients leather workshops, snooker room, tuck shop, mortuary, engineering, boiler with chimney for the overhead piped heating.

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The tower and admin block: 1995 prior to demolition, and in 1947

Most buildings were brick built (pebble-dash rendered) with concrete floors (innovative in their day) under slate roofs. The majority of Wards were single storey with central corridors and glazed pavilion at the end. These were demolished in the 1970’s.
The hospital was only connected to mains drainage in the later years and originally sewage was discharged into the field to the SW of the crossroads (see ornate soil vent pipe at crossroads).

The hospital was also a significant horticultural site, the orchard, extensive range of trees and vegetation being laid out by the first medical superintendent Mr James Watt (an arboriculturist) in the 1920’s. A farm sited at Hydestile crossroads (now mostly demolished) was used for patient rehabilitation.

Screen Shot 2015-01-11 at 16.03.03Many patients were from London and upto the late 50’s it was exclusively male. The long term nature of their incarceration and treatment meant that patients and staff built strong friendships. Most staff and patients speak of their time at Hydestile as being “the best of times”. Indeed many patients came back to work at the hospital.

The site expanded considerably in 1941 with the building of a hutted military hospital on adjacent farmland to the South East. This soon became the home for St. Thomas’ Hospital Lambeth, evacuated from their London site due to extensive bombing. St. Thomas’

The Hospital ceased to be for diseases of the chest in 1969 and adopted a variety of other roles and eventually closed in 1988. The buildings were demolished in 1997, leaving only the gatehouse, Hares Grove (former Superintendents house) and six staff cottages, all now refurbished. Other buildings in the area owned at some time by the Hospital included Ryecroft, Hunt Cottages and Wayside.

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KGV in 2016 and 1970 – click to see animated transition from now to then

The 52 acre site has now been redeveloped for housing – known as The Hydons, Salt Lane, Hydestile. Little trace remains of the KGV although one of the tennis courts has been refurbished and forms part of one garden. In the woods to the north of the new houses there are traces of the foundations of nurse and doctors accommodation, hidden in the undergrowth. Likewise the steps and footings of 1&2 Salt Lane remain close to the new footpath. These were temporary buildings used by the original builders of the Hospital. No. 1 was demolished after 1945 and number 2 (latterly a shop) in the 1970’s.

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Ray Galton as a TB Patient in Milford 1949

The hospital also benefited from celebrity support over the years from Leslie Phillips, James Robertson Justice and Terry Scott, who were regular visitors. As an interesting snapshot of what it was like to be a patient you’d be well directed to view a BBC2 sit-com from the 90’s “Get Well Soon” co-written by Ray Galton. He drew upon his experience as a patient in the nearby Milford Hospital (linked to KGV) during the late 40’s and early 50’s. He met his long time comedy writing partner Alan Simpson there and together they wrote their first comedy radio scripts during their enforced stay in hospital. Within 10 years they were the UK’s foremost comedy writers, famous for Hancock and Steptoe. Their famous Hancock’s Half Hour radio episode “The Sunday Afternoon” is a clever observation of the boredom that must have been repeated often during their many years treatment for TB.

 

 

Gallery of images from 1920 – 1988:

This video was recorded in around 1995.   At the time I lived on site in one of the former nurses cottages.  The site had been stripped by vandals and used for paintball and general destruction.  After many planning battles the site was eventually destined for re-development. The diggers came in and flattened it all.   A sad day for the many who’s lives had been touched by their time at Hydestile.  I had recorded this on 8mm tape and stumbled upon the tape recently.  I dumped it to my Mac and ran a soundtrack underneath, so please excuse the rough quality.

 

Gallery of images from 1999:

 

The Story of KGV

By Dr. J.V. Hurford      As published in the KGV Gazette Summer 1963

My predecessor, Dr James Watt, wrote this article in 1954, (he retired in 1948). I modified it for the issue of August 1957, and here it is again, brought upto date.

The need for sanatoria for London patients was foreseen in 1914, when sufficient land for three hospitals was purchased. Building of King George V Sanatorium, the first of these, started after the First World War, and it was finished and opened in 1922.  The two huts still in use are reputed to have housed the workmen!  (1 & 2 Salt Lane? sic).  The new Hospital was to have been called Highdown Sanatorium, but by command of’ the King, who had been invited to attend the opening but was unable to be present, the name was changed to King George V Sanatorium.

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It was administered by the Metropolitan Asylums Board (whose crest is over the entrance to the Administrative Block), until 1929, when the London County Council took over, only to give way in 1948 to the South West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board, With local control vested in the Godalming, Milford and Liphook Group Hospital Management Committee. Recently, this Management Committee area became merged with that of’ Guildford, and the controlling body is now the Guildford and Godalming Hospital Management Committee.

Screen Shot 2015-01-11 at 16.02.21When I wrote in 1957, my thoughts ranged back over the period from 1922 to that year, the period of the modern treatment of tuberculosis, as being mirrored in the story of K.G.V., there were so many changes.  Patients, and perhaps even doctors and nurses, entering in this “Anti-biotic Era” – when successful treatment is difficult enough, though usually achieved – know little or nothing of the strenuous methods of treating tuberculosis which preceded it.  Surgery played a great part.   The first surgeon was appointed in 1929, and the Theatre and X-Ray Department were built in 1934.  At one stage fifty per cent of tuberculosis patients had major surgery of the chest, usually very successful; now perhaps only five per cent require it.

The Hospital expanded over the years both staff and buildings.  Of the latter I have already mentioned the Theatre Block, the Canteen was built in 1936; an additional Wing to what is now the Nurses’ Home was added in 1945, the Theatre Annexe in 1953, the Respiratory Function Unit in 1955, a new Patients’ Library in 1958, a messroom exterior (now the Domestic Staff sitting room) in 1959, and Nurses’ Home No.3 in 1960.

1931 postcardAt one time, what is now the Staff Restaurant was a dining-room for perhaps a hundred up-patients. Gradually, the numbers of these shrank as methods of treatment changed, and patients were discharged earlier, until the present conversion was made two years ago.  In the immediate future it is planned to erect a large hut on the rising ground by the main car-park, to be used as a playroom for visitors’ children, and as a Staff’ club room.

 

 

KGVsmallStaffgroup'60sBut of course the most striking change is in the nature of’ the work carried out in the Hospital. From being a Sanatorium for the tuberculous, it came to treat also non-tuberculous chest conditions, hence the present name: King George V Hospital for Diseases of the Chest; and then some patients with other than chest diseases – a limited number of orthopaedic and geriatric cases – were admitted. There is a lot to be said for this departure from the restricted area of’ our disease, even were there now sufficient tuberculous patients to fill the beds, for variety is a stimulant to the interest and intelligence of doctors and nurses. ‘ It is odd perhaps that not many of our patients come from the immediate neighbourhood, which is catered for by Milford Chest Hospital “down the road”, but from beyond this area, from London, Aldershot and Farnham and sometimes as far away as the South Coast. We have the Respiratory Function (“Puff and Blow”) Unit for this Region, and are also part of the regional Chronic Bronchitic Unit.

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KGV and St. Thomas’ Hospitals in 1973

I wonder when another revision of this article will be called for, and if I shall write it. It is certain that “K.G.V. ” will go on for many years and probably it will change in many particulars as time goes by.  There has always been something human and genuine in the atmosphere of the Hospital; let us hope that nothing changes that!

KGV Gazette Summer 1963

HISTORICAL NOTE   By Dr. J.V. Hurford

As published in the last ever KGV Gazette Summer 1968 upon the closing of the Hospital


The Highdown Sanatorium which started at Hydestile in 1922 was soon, by gracious permission, allowed to take the name of “King George the Fifth”… However, it is told that his Majesty, when asked if he would condescend to come to the opening {in 1924) said: “Not on your life – visit a T. B. hospital – I might catch it ” – or words to that effect. These fears were felt by dwellers in the locality, even by their G. P. s, who met the choice of site with as much opposition as now would be offered to an aerodrome for jumbo jets.  Though the sanatorium was modern for the time (incorporating an early form of re-inforced concrete in its pavilion walls), the money which the authority {then the Metropolitan Asylums Board – crest over the entrance to the administrative block) was prepared to spend on it ran out before the plans could be fulfilled, so that the main entrance was from a narrow lane (Salt Lane) rather than by a more imposing approach from the Hambledon Road.

KGV Aerial 1928

There are aerial photographs which show the site in the early twenties. Though surrounded apparently by forest (the Hare’s Grove which gave a name to the Medical Superintendent’s house) the actual grounds were quite bare.  The beautiful limes and birches and ornamental trees and shrubs may be credited to Dr. James Watt – a canny gardener as well as a towering medical figure – and grew up during his reign. The hospital really was in the country (in 1935 when I first saw it as a member of a visiting D. P. H. class from London, I half wondered if we should ever find our way back) and in its building workmen were accommodated in wooden chalets, used for many years as staff quarters, and plans and materials stored in two wooden huts which still do service though very decrepit.

pavilion1930s copyIn 1949 the wards were still without heating, other than the thin pipes under the windows designed, so it was said, to reduce condensation – in itself unlikely since windows had to be kept open.  A few years later this was remedied, but the previous absence of heating was symptomatic of an age, the age of the “cure”, based on ‘Sanatorium principles’ of fresh air, good food, rest, graduated exercise.  This age lasted into the ‘antibiotic era’ and both were overlapped by that of minor and major surgery.  To those who know tuberculosis as a disease fairly easily treated by chemotherapy, the long periods which started perhaps with Hippocrates and died away in the fifties of this century cannot be imagined or fully understood. Artificial pneumothorax, pneumoperitoneum, thoracoplasty and so on seem almost bizarre in retrospect.

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South facing pavilion

Yet the ‘cure’ and the surgery did save lives. And what seemed spartan routine was much more vital and engrossing.  Quite apart from the attentions of the doctors and nurses a patient’s week could be filled with: occupational therapy, art therapy, typing, learning a language, woodwork, printing, concerts and whist drives, inter-ward sports – shove-halfpenny, table skittles, croquet, billiards etc. There were a silver shield and two cups to be competed for. When Marcus Patterson devised “graduated exercise ” at Frimley he used baskets of stones of various weights. At K.G.V. there were walks increasing in length and then outdoor tasks. Many a patient must have acquired there a love for gardening or even pigs!  “Teebeeland” seemed to be regarded with a wry humour.  Perhaps the uni-sexual nature of the sanatorium (women patients came only in the late fifties) was a trial and the outlook of the authorities far too monastic – rather backward looking.

But in other respects, for many years we were in the van of sanatorium work.  With its first surgeon – Mr. J. E. H. Roberts, whom I always imagine operating with a Petit Caporal hanging to his lower lip – major surgery in anew theatre started in 1933.   K.G.V. took part in all the M.R. C. Trials of the new anti- tuberculous drugs from 1949 onwards. Whilst such units were still rare in the UK a respiratory function laboratory was inaugurated in 1954.The antibiotic era which came with the fifties for some years increased the use of surgery, largely because an umbrella was provided for lung or part-lung removal.

 

In 1955, of patients admitted with tuberculosis, 58% had a major operation; the figure for 1967 was 3%.  However, what was so amazing was the decline in tuberculosis due to anti- tuberculous drugs.  The great physicians of the past – Robert Philip, Trudeau, Marcus Patterson – could never have imagined it.  K.G.V., like other sanatoria (or Hospital for Diseases of the Chest as it became) began to admit patients with other complaints. Since these stayed a shorter time, the turnover accelerated.  In 1951 there were 401 admissions (354 tuberculous), in 1967, 1358 (135 tuberculous).

Operating Theatre, date unknown

Starting under the rule of the M.A .B., the hospital became a jewel in the crown of the gargantuan London County Council in 1929, and in 1948 of course entered the National Health Service. These authorities appeared to differ in administrative approach, but of course this depended on other things – the changing conception of disease, uniformity and availability of finance over the country rather than a metropol is and so on.

The War did not alter things very much, -it saw the appearance of an E.M.S. hutted hospital, at first under the aegis of K. G. V., then of the Australian Army Medical Corps, and finally St. Thomas’s Hospital, Westminster.  The expatriate staff of the latter organised their lives with the ingenuity and cheerfulness of castaways on a South Sea Island, who know that sooner or later they are bound to be rescued.  Every year they expected this to happen and, finally, after twenty-three years, it did.

Nursing Sister 1952

K.G.V. has seemed to be blessed by the numbers of sterling people who remained on the staff for very long periods, even at this present date in one or two instances going back to the twenties.  Perhaps other hospitals have been as fortunate, but I doubt it.  Inevitably, sad little ceremonies of farewell have sprinkled later years.  Till the middle-fifties a generous and mutually useful policy had meant the recruitment of many excellent nurses – who happened themselves to have had tuberculosis, and to whom a place on the staff was offered for re-habilitation. These were known for some reason as ‘trainees’, presumably because they could complete training in the B.T.A. certificate (though many already had an S.R.N.). In the later years of the hospital, a Pupil-Nurse training school was set up in conjunction with Haslemere General Hospital, and was successful. In our ‘middle period’ a number of decorative, charming and efficient young things were very much appreciated – these were the ‘Tommy Nurses’ seconded for three months at a time to explore the countryside on their bicycles.

The staff has tended to be cosmopolitan.  At one Christmas dinner some years ago, I counted nineteen different nationalities. There were cycles of  “foreigners”  (I refer to those who were not what St. Joan called the ‘Goddam English”): early on Scots and Irish, but mostly Irish, then Italian and Polish or Baltic, then Spanish and Yugo-Slav.  (It was touching to see girls from Northern Italy trying to understand the intrcacies of Scottish dancing!)   And of course, in the last ten years many men and girls from the Commonwealth, all very welcome.

There were no tremendous events in the history of K.G. V. and smaller happenings it is difficult to select any except at random. The tennis feuds with Milford in which for so long we had an edge. The farewell party to Miss Sheenan in which those still working with her and many who returned for the occasion filled the Large Hall and a large marquee. The annual pantomime devised and written by a select few and performed by a cast which could include a chaplain, a cook or a consultant surgeon, and in which anything might happen – and usually did. The re-union fetes on August Bank Holiday, to which ex-patients returned in large numbers I(Your name escapes me I’m afraid, but I clearly remember your x-ray!’). The weather station – that curious relic of more leisurely days. The night that the safe was stolen from the Hospital Secretary’s office, taken off on a porter’s trolley and abandoned -empty – on Hydon’s Ball. But why recall only these?

Screen Shot 2015-01-11 at 16.10.05Perhaps one of the more important landmarks was when a prefabricated building (The Cedar Hall) was added in 1964 and a thriving staff social club became possible. Swinging Hydestile~

Traditionally the hospital had its ties with London and in later years the link was with Aldershot and Farnham through the chest clinics. It was not wholly unregarded, however, in the immediate neighbourhood, and kind and ever present help was found in the W .V .S and its own League of Friends. Nor must we forget the ‘Not Forgotten’ Association, to which successive generations of patients owed much. And, of course, the Red Cross picture library, that opener of windows not made of glass.

I hope that I have recalled something of the forty seven years of a hospital and with little hint of any sadness that they are finished. And the story is not finished – neither of K.G.V. nor Hydestile. The sanatorium may have gone the way of Trudeau and Schatzalp and the National, Ventnor, and many others, but there is still work to be done of another kind.

Good luck to all who remain – or come – to do it in this very pleasant spot.

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KGV in 1994

 

 

Gallery of images donated by former staff and patients:

Gallery of scans of publications from staff and patients:

 

Obituary 1958: JAMES WATT, M.D., D.P.H.
James Watt, for many years medical superintendent
of King George V Sanatorium, Godalming, Surrey, and
chief medical officer of the London County Council’s
medical tuberculosis service, died at the country branch
of St. Thomas’s Hospital at Hydestile, Godalming, on
October 4. He was within two weeks of his 75th
birthday.

Dr. James Watt was born in Aberdeenshire on October 17,
1883, the son of William Watt, J.P., and was educated at
Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen, and at Aberdeen Uni-
versity, where he graduated M.B., Ch.B., with first-class
honours, in 1908. Outstandingly successful as a student, he
held the John Murray scholarship in 1908 and the Anderson
scholarship in 1909-10. He took the D.P.H. in 1911, and
proceeded to the M.D., with highest honours, five years later.
After graduation he was an assistant, first, in the department
of pathology, and then in the department of medical juris-
prudence in Aberdeen University. From 1912 to 1922 he
held a number of appointments in different parts of the
United Kingdom: as deputy medical officer of health for the
City of Aberdeen; senior resident medical officer at the
Royal National Hospital for Consumption and Diseases of
the Chest, Ventnor, Isle of Wight; medical superintendent
of the Bradford City Fever and Infectious Diseases
Hospital; and medical superintendent of the Downs
Sanatorium, Sutton, Surrey. From 1922 to 1948, when he
retired, he was medical superintendent of the King George
V Sanatorium, Godalming, and chief medical officer of the
medical tuberculosis service under the old Metropolitan
Asylums Board and subsequently under the London County
Council. Dr. Watt was president of the Society of Superin-
tendents of Tuberculosis Institutions in 1924 and 1925 and
of the Tuberculosis Society in 1926-7. A founder-member
of the Joint Tuberculosis Council, he later became its chair-
man. To his widow and family we tender our sympathy.

We are indebted to Dr. G. LIssant Cox for the following
appreciation: The old guard of the original tuberculosis
service is thinned again through the death of James Watt,
late superintendent of the King George V Sanatorium at
Godalming. He was of the pre-1914 vintage, big in body
and in mind, contemporary of Ernest Ward, Sir Henry
Gauvain, and Jane Walker. Lloyd George’s Insurance Act
of 1911, with its special financial arrangements for “sana-
torium benefit” and for Exchequer grants for sanatoria and
dispensaries, stimulated local authorities to provide buildings
and the medical staff to run them. Of those very early in
the service, James Watt was one. A brilliant student of the
Aberdeen school, he was on the high road to a distinguished
academic career when he contracted pulmonary tuberculosis.
Fortunately, he made a good recovery, and, like several other
medical men and women so affected, obtained, a junior post
in a sanatorium and finally emerged as the well-known head
of the large new London County Council sanatorium
which has been visited by nearly all who have come to
England in order to see some of the best work in tuber-
culosis. Watt had a clear, lucid, logical mind, and took a
prominent part in tuberculosis affairs. One of the two
remaining founder-members of the Joint Tuberculosis
Council, he later was one of its outstanding chairmen and
did valuable work in the chair and on many committees,
work both pioneer and advisory in the tuberculosis field.
He was a very keen horticulturist, and this hobby was a real
solace and interest in his retirement, especially after a
serious motor accident had left him grievously lame, though
still cheerful and uncomplaining when I last saw him in
London. He was the fortunate possessor of the three im-
portant qualities, a clear head, a warm heart, and a stiff
back, and he used them to the full.

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The Pleasures of Oakhurst Cottage

Peter Cole thinks it’s well worth while travelling from Chichester to Hambledon to join the team of volunteer guides at Oakhurst. In this article he explains why he is so enthusiastic about the job. He and all his co-volunteers, from within the village and further afield, would love to welcome additions to the team. You can find out more about volunteering by clicking here.

Why did I sign up with the National Trust to be a guide at Oakhurst Cottage?  Because my wife thought that a) it would be a suitable outlet for my verbosity, b) I would enjoy it and c) it would give her some peace at home. She was right on a) and b) and, as for c), you’ll have to ask her. So what pleasure is there in playing estate agent to a damp, draughty, dark old cottage tucked away in a corner of Hambledon? Two things: the place and the people.

oakhurst-cottage-blue-sky-resizedI’m interested in buildings, history fascinates me and I like meeting people. The place is magical but not in a Disney sense – the feeling is far more real than that, and far less romantic. The cottage has been home to some two dozen families: that’s more than a hundred people because long ago families were large. It has stood on the same spot for over 400 years, altered and repaired by local builders (I hesitate to call them craftsmen for their work is crude). You
can still see those layers of history today, exposed, not covered to keep up appearances for that would have cost too much and Oakhurst was owned by people of the middling sort and rented to those with little money.

Before the industrial revolution most of our ancestors lived hard lives in places like this, called it home and made the best of it. Late Victorian artists created idealised images of these rural slums, but gradually the tenants moved to more comfortable homes and the old cottages were modernised into something acceptable to the middle class wife of a commuting husband or demolished. This left Oakhurst a rare survivor, a witness to the harsh reality of the ‘good old days’.oakhurst-cottage-interior

The cottage is special and so too are the people who are associated with it today. First, our cheerful guides, each telling the story of the cottage in their own way, variations on a theme within a symphony. They’re a friendly and helpful bunch. We share our knowledge and our experiences, put the cottage to bed in the autumn and in spring get it ready for the new season. We share the guiding when there are a lot of visitors and still find time to socialise. Then there are the National Trust staff, including the gardeners. I lock up the cottage at the end of my day and return a couple of weeks later to find the garden tidied and the hedges cut. If only my own garden were in the care of the same secret gardeners. The ladies of the National Trust kiosk at the Winkworth Arboretum are our marketing arm, suggesting to visitors that they make the trip to the cottage and giving them directions on how to find us.

The people I only meet once are special too – the visitors, a melange of humanity and another reason for my association with the cottage. Mostly they come from nearby, but some make the trip from the far corners of the earth. They come in all shapes, sizes and ages, singly, couples, families and friends. Some say little, others compensate with their chattiness, maybe remembering a granny who lived in a place like the cottage or asking questions that I can’t always answer. Ever appreciative of the guides’ efforts, our visitors are an endless source of interest and some have remained in my memory, like the Japanese lady whose grandson acted as translator and the couple who left their car at Winkworth and didn’t allow enough time to walk back. I gave them a lift on my way home.

Guiding at Oakhurst Cottage is a pleasure, as are the peripheral activities such as meeting people who are considering volunteering for the National Trust. I’ll be at Winkworth for the coffee morning on Tuesday 15 March between 10.30 and 12.30, hoping for lots of new volunteers – but not so many that I don’t have time for coffee and cake.

A Warmer Winter Ahead For Village Nursery School

Hambledon Nursery School will be a warmer place this winter, thanks to new windows in its two classrooms.

The nursery, formerly the village primary school, dates back to Victorian times and is a listed building. Its original wooden-framed windows were in an advance state of decay but the school had to replace like-for-like to comply with planning regulations – a costly business.

Thanks to a £4,000 grant from the Hall Hunter Foundation – a trust set up by the owners of nearby Tuesley Fruit Farm – and a dip into the nursery school’s reserves, the money has been found to pay for the work, which was carried out over the summer holiday.

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Nicola Collett, head teacher, said:  “We are delighted with the Hall Hunter grant and very grateful. It enabled us to give the go-ahead for the work and we now have new windows on the southern elevation of the classrooms which were the ones in most urgent need of replacement.”

“They are structured to the original design with wooden frames but are double-glazed. I am actually looking forward to winter this year because the staff and children will be nice and warm and nestled in the classrooms with no drafts to contend with.”

She added: “I suppose the saddest part of the project was actually watching the old windows come out.  But remarkably the Hopper style openers and some of the frames have been donated to The Brooking National Architectural Museum in Cranleigh, because they were of significant architectural interest.”

“The next phase will be along the Eastern side of the building restoring and replacing the old original stone bay window.  The final phase will be to replace the old Crittall windows in the flat roof extension.”

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Heinkel 111 Bomber Crash in 1941

The Background Story of the German Air Crash at Lodge Bottom

Compiled for the Hambledon Parish Magazine with extracts from Lady Gillian Brunton’s booklet “The Survivor” 

How many times have you driven through Lodge Bottom on the Hambledon Road and glanced over to the statue standing at the far side of the dewpond?  Most of us know some of the story behind it but the whole story is full of fascination.  With the help of a wealth of material provided by Lady Gillian Brunton who lives at North Munstead Farm and articles written by Frances Morris I will attempt to bring to life the characters who took part in the events of 9 April 1941.

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Hambledon Surrey Graveyard Project

Hambledon Surrey Graveyard Project

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 13.07.05In the summer of 2010 three old villagers thought it might be a good idea to research the churchyard at St Peter’s, to re-organise the written records and survey the gravestones before some of the older inscriptions became illegible or disappeared altogether. The aim was to see if family names could be researched (with the help of the internet), and perhaps linked to extant relatives who may not be aware of their antecedents’ burial places.

Two young volunteers, Alex Sehmer and Vicky Grove, took on the work, and this is a brief summary of their findings:

Background

The graveyard is split into two areas: pre and post 1906. There is a map in the vestry of the Church, but the area pre-1906 is not detailed on it and the only record (as far as we were aware) is found in documents prepared by Gay Mabley twenty-five years ago. King Edward’s School also carried out a survey in 1980 and their findings have been incorporated.

The post-1906 area map is updated as and when each plot is filled. This map correlates with the Church’s burial register.

Summary of Work Undertaken

Inscriptions and dates recorded for graves post 1980 (since KES’s project).

Compiled database of all those buried in the graveyard with (the majority of) inscriptions and salient details. The database (an excel spreadsheet) therefore incorporates both previous projects and is now an up-to-date information source.

Brief research into the bigger families and ‘interesting’ inscriptions included:

Kettle Family: 18 members in the 1800s, some moved to Brecon, Wales.

Winkworth Family: 12 members 1700/1800s, links to the March family of Great Enton.

Elliot Family: 12 members 1700s, many of whom were rectors/vicars: one was Chaplain to HRH Frederick, Prince of Wales.

Dennyer Family: 6 members, one of whom is linked to the building of navigation links between Guildford and Godalming.

Lt Col Francis Walter Finnigan MC and wife Jean Sime Finnigan MBE: Col Francis won the MC during WWII while serving in 179 Field Regiment Royal Artillery.

Conclusion

The project has successfully tidied up the burial records, and the database is available for anyone engaged in research. It was interesting to note how time-consuming it became when trying to research the genealogy of just one family, let alone 50! However, the records are now ‘alive’ and let’s hope we can keep them up to date!

The detailed survey is available as a Google Doc:Hambledon Surrey Graveyard Survey Document


TEXT VERSION OF THE ABOVE SPREADSHEET.

This is listed here, without pagination to allow for search engines to see the data.

Hambledon Graves Listings.  Hambledon Church, Surrey, England.

Gay’s records    Plot number    First name    Family name    Date of birth    Date of death    Address    Inscription    Notes

1    a    Mary    Hill (& Mercy Ford)        1822        Mary, wife of Thomas Hill who died April 9th 1822 aged 57 years, Mercy, wife of James Ford who died November 11th 1820 aged 85 years    double headstone

2    b    Maria    Woods        1857        Maria, wife of William Woods who departed this life August 22nd 1857 in the 58th year of her age

3    c    Ann    Woods        1827        Ann, daughter of William and Maria Woods who died November 1827 aged 1 year 6 weeks

4    d    William     Woods        1836        William Woods who departed this life July 8th 1836 in the 38th year of his age
5    e    Mary    Mills        1882        Mary, beloved wife of James Mills who dies January 30th 1882 aged 54 years. Also Mary Ann, the eldest beloved daughter of James and Mary Mills who died December 17th 1881 aged 29 years    single headstone but with two footstones
6    f    Elizabeth    Lambert        1776        Elizabeth, wife of Abraham Lambert who departed this life June the 16th 1776 aged 67 years
7    g    Abraham    Lambert        1786        Mr Abraham Lambert who died September 11th 1786 aged 76 years
8    h    ?    Lambert        1796        Lambert daughter of John and Jane Lambert who died the 14th day of Febraury 1796 aged 5 years and 6 months. Also of Abraham and Mary who died in their infancy
9    i    James    Miles        1837        James Miles who died October 7th 1837 aged 61 years. Also Martha wife of James Miles who died August 10th 1842 aged 60 years    double headstone
10    j    Hannah    Miles        1864        Hannahh, wife of James Miles who died April 11th 1864 aged 63 years Also four sons of the above
11    k    James    Miles        1887        James Miles died October 23rd 1887 aged 83 years
12    l    Sarah & Thomas    Hammond        1861        Sarah, wife of Thomas Hammond who died February 14th 1891 aged 54 years. Also Thomas Hammonf who died December 20th 1881 aged 76 years. Also Hannah, daughter of the above who died July 18th 1870 aged 33 years
13    m    George    Fielder        1867        George Fielder who died January 9th 1867 aged 73 years. Also Charlotte who died June 18th 1908 aged 87 years. Also Ursula who died October 15th 1908 aged 89 years and Ellen who died March 20th 1909 aged 85 years, daughters of the above George Fielder
14    n    Richard    Lambert        1839        Richard Lambert son of John and Jane Lambert formerly of Chilworth in this County who departed this life September 5th 1839 aged 55 years
15    o    Jane    Lambert        1823        Jane, wife of John Lambert who died January 12th 1823 aged 60 years. Also Abraham Lambert who died July 29th 1852 aged 57 years
16    p    John     Lambert        1801        John Lambert who died April 11th 1801. Also Mary(?) Lambert
17    q    John     Matthews        1772        John Matthews who died March 7th 1772 aged 65 years
18    r    illegible grave stone
19    s    William Lindsay    Watson        1836        William Lindsay Watson born North Shields 15th January 1836, died at Tigbourne Cottage near Hambledon 7th April 1866    large pointed headstone with kerbing
20    t    Elizabeth    Winkworth        1857        Elizabeth, wife of Arthur Winkworth of Sattenham who departed this life January 26th 1857 aged 64 years. Also their children who died in their infancy – Arthur, January 21st 1818 aged 8 days and Frederick, April 26th 1819 aged 13 days. Also Arthur Winkworth Esq. late of Sattenham who died at Cranleigh December 22nd 1867 aged 76 years
21    u    Mary    Winkworth        1813        Mary, daughter of John and Betty Winkworth who died 16th of April 1764 aged 16 years
22    v    John     Winkworth        1764        John, son of John and Betty Winkworth who died 16th of April 1764, aged 16 years
23    w    Betty    Winkworth        1795        Betty, wife of John Winkworth who died 20th November 1795 aged 76 years
24    x    John     Winkworth        1787        John Winkworth who departed this life September the 5th 1787 aged 66 years
25    y    Mary & Frederick    Winkworth        1793        Mary, wife of Frederick Winkworth daughter of John and Mary March of Great Enton who died 16th June 1793 in the 40th year of her age. Also Frederick Winkworth of Great Enton who died 25th June 1838 in the 89th year of his age    stone tomb
26    z    John    Bennett        1853        John Bennett who died February 16th 1853 in the 87th year of his age. Also Mary, wife of John Bennett who died February 11th 1861 in the 70th yead of her age
27    aa    Mary    Winkworth        1824        Mary Winkworth daughter of Arthur and Ann Winkworth who died August 13th 1824 in the 30th year of her age. Also Ann Winkworth daughter of Arthur and Ann Winkworth who died February 24th 1843 aged 51 years
28    ab    Arthur    Winkworth        1824        Arthur Winkworth who died September 18th 1824 aged 73 years. Also Ann wife of Arthur Winkworth who died July 27th 1840 aged 73
29    ac    John    Winkworth        1843        John Winkworth who died May 3rd 1843 aged 49 years. Also Ann Winkworth widow of the above taken to her rest June 22nd 1891 aged 86 years
30    ad    Allen     Lambert        1860        Allen Lambert son of John and Jane Lambert formerly of Chilworth in this county who departed this life August 17th 1860 aged 75 years
31    ae    Joseph & Mary    Upfold        1876        Joseph Upfold who died January 17th 1876 aged 79 years. Also Mary, wife of Joseph Upfold who died March 3rd 1880 aged 79 years    double headstone
32    af    William    Wilkinson        1853        William Wilkinson MA late Rector of this Parish who died December 21st AD 1853 aged 56 and Frances Ann Wilkinson his wife who died ? 1885 aged 87 years
33    ag    Matthew    Bone        1828        Matthew, son of Absalom and Ann Bone died December 22nd 1828 aged 7 years and 10 months. Also four other of their children who died in their infancy
34    ah    Absalom    Bone        1853        Absalom Bone who died August 24th 1853 aged 71 years. Also Ann wife of the above who died October 23rd 1866 aged 83 years
35    ai    Ann    Lickfold        1887        Ann, wife of Lawrence Lickfold who died May 6th 1887 aged 56 years Also Lawrence Henry Lickfold grandson of the above who died June 23rd 1888 aged 2 years 4 months
36    aj    Lawrence    Lickfold        1891        Lawrence Lickfold who died September 25th 1891 aged 65 years
37    ak    Peter    Balchin        1845        Mr Peter Balchin who died February 16th 1845 aged 77 years
38    al-1    Agnes    Newman        1793        Agnes, daughter of Henry and Mary Newman who died December 1793 aged 9 years. Also David, the son of Henry and Mary Newman who died January 17th 1794 aged 8 years. Also near this place lieth Mary with of Henry Smithers of Churt
al-2    John     Newman        1791        unmarked    taken from Burial Register – John son of Henry and Mary Newman, 30 June 1791
al-3    Henry    Newman        1791        unmarked    taken from Burial Register – Henry son of Henry and Mary Newman, 17 July 1791
al-4    Richard    Newman        1791        unmarked    taken from Burial Register – Richard son of Henry Newman and Mary his late wife, 10 November 1791
al-5    unmarked    unmarked                unmarked
al-6    Mary    Newman        1791            gravestone possibly marked MN 1791
39    am    Henry & Elizabeth    Newman        1837        Henry Newman who died April 14th 1837 aged 86 years. Also Elizabeth Newman, daughter of the above who died September 16th 1869 aged 88 years
40    an    Henry    Denyer        1778        Henry Denyer late of Godalming who died April 12th 1778 aged 40 years
41    ao    Ann    Denyer        1777        Ann Denyer who died May 23rd 1777 aged 71 years
42    ap    Sarah(?)    Denyer                Sarah(?) Denyer who died February 7th 17??
43    aq    Barbara & Charles    Childs        1884        Barabara Childs wife of Charles Childs dies March 24th 1884 aged 40. Also Charles Childs died February 28th 1904 aged 62. Also Annie Maria died June 29th 1886 aged 21. Also Percival Ernest died October 21st 1881 aged 9. Also Julia Alexandra died September 4th 1870 aged 4. Also Charles Sidney died June 29th 1869 aged 6 weeks. Also Flora Kate died May 11th 1876 aged 1(1/2) years    cross on three-tiered stone slabs
44    ar    Thomas Richmond    Phillips        1866        Thomas Richmond Phillips Lt Col RA Born 24th December 1866. Died 5th June 1963. And his wife Anna Maria Hilda Josephine November 1868. Died 13th June 1971
45    as    Richard    Phillips        1907        Richard Phillips for 31 years Rector of this Parish died 30 September 1907 aged 75 years. Also Anne Phillips daughter of the above died 26 June 1907 aged 45 years. Also Richard Sylvester Phillips Maj 37th Dogras Indian Army second son of the above who died at Jhelum India, 4 July 1914 and was burried there aged 45 years. Also Ellen Sarah Phillips widow of the above Rector who died at Witley 20 March 1915 and is buried here aged 83 years.
46    at    Mary Ann    Lickfold        1897        Mary Ann Lickfold wife of John Lickford who died 11 October 1897 aged 79 years
47    au    John    Lickfold        1862        John Lickfold of this Parish who died March 2nd 1862 aged 56 years
48    av    Louisa Caroline    Lickfold        1847        Louisa Caroline daughter of John and Mary Ann Lickfold who died December 3rd 1847 aged 7 years and 11 months
49    aw    Thomas    Lickfold        1833        Thomas Lickfold of this Parish who departed this life August 2nd 1833 aged 73 years
50    ax    Elizabeth    Gregery        1811        Elizabeth wife of Robert Gregery who died 23 March 1811 aged 23 years
51    ay    Thomas    Lickfold        1796        Thomas Lickfold son of Thomas and Dorothy Lickfold who departed this life ? ? 1796 aged ? Years 9 months
52    az    William    Ford        1755        William Ford of Vann who departed this life April 30th 1755 aged 80 years
53    ba    Elizabeth    Ford        1758        Elizabeth Ford who departed this life 30th December 1758 aged 32 years
54    bb    Catherine    Ford        1759        Catherine the wife of John Ford of Vann who departed this life 25th November 1759 aged 32 years. Near this place lyeth two of their (sic) children who died in there (sic) infancy
55    bc    John    Over        1864        John Over who died June 20th 1864 aged 62 years. Also four sons and three daughters of the above
56    bd    John    Ford        1809        John Ford of Vann died the 18th day of September 1809 aged 80 years
57    be    Ann    Denyer        1775        Ann Denyer wife of Tho. Denyer who departed this life May 27th 1775 aged 70 years
58    bf    Thomas    Denyer        1768        Thomas Denyer Maltster, Projector of the Navigation from Guildford to Godalming who died 22nd August 1768 aged 70 years    headstone shows skeleton aiming a bow and arrow at a man
59    bg    Ann    Jelley (Sarah & William Coombes)    1869        Ann wife of George Jelley who died 19th July 1869 aged 25. Also Sarah wife of William Coombes who died 2 April 1885 aged 64. Also William husband of the above who died 24 January 1888 aged 76
60    bh    Stephen & Harriett    Duke        1893        Stephen Duke MD died 29th September 1893. Also Harriett Elizabeth Duke died 22 February 1908 aged 56 years
61    bi    George    Mellersh        1844        George son of Thomas and Mary Mellersh died 1 June 1844 aged 29 years. Also Henry died 10 October 1845 aged 31 years. Mary wife of Thomas Mellersh died 27 January 1864 aged 76 years. Thomas Mellersh died 1st February 1870 aged 87 years
62    bj    Henry    Keen        1762        Henry Keen who died the 28th September 1762 aged 27 years
63    bk    Richard & Betty    Keen        1790        Richard Keen who died 5 April 1790 aged 80. Also Betty the wife of Richard Keen who died 10 March 1803 aged 88 years
64    bl    George    Marner        1836        George Marner who died 24 November 1836 aged 51 years
65    bm    Mary Ann    Rothwell        1855        Mary Ann wife of George Rothwell and relict of George Marner who died 4 July 1855 aged 71 years
66    bn    Arthur    Marner        1843        Arthur son of George and Mary Ann Marner who died 14 July 1843 aged 13 years and 10 months
67    bo    Harriet Sophia    Mellersh        1861        Harriet Sophia wife of Thomas Mellersh Junior who died 4 February 1861 at St John’s Wood, London aged 71
68    bp    Eliza Anne    Mellersh        1853        Eliza Anne second daughter of Thomas and Harriet Mellersh born 20 February died 26 March 1853
69    bq    Charles John    Mellersh        1867        Charles John Mellersh late of Petersfield Hants second son of Thomas and Mary Mellersh who died at Bath 4 May 1867 aged 56
70    br    Lily Ellen    Duke        1879        Lily Ellen Mellersh only child of Stephen and Harriet Elizabeth Duke died 26 August 1879 aged 8 days
71    bs    Mary    Welland        1869        Mary wife of John Welland of Witley and daughter of George and Ann Marner who departed this life 29 May 1869 aged 88 years
72    bt    Ann    Marner        1813        Ann daughter of Mary Marner who departed this life 22 April 1813 aged 3 years and 5 months
73    bu    Ann    Marner        1795        Ann the wife of George Marner who died 23 November 1795 aged 50 years
74    bv    Martha    Marner        1815        Martha daughter of George and Ann Marner who departed this life 18 May 1815 aged 33 years
75    bw    George    Marner        1828        George Marner died 25 July 1828 aged 74
76    bx    Ann    Marner        1836        Ann wife of George Marner who departed this life 9 February 1836 aged 37 years
77    by    James    Greest        1781        James Greest died 3 May 1781 aged 43 years. Also near this place lieth Richard Greest his father who died February 2nd 1747 and Elizabeth his mother died 7 February in the same year. They died and left eleven children
78    bz    John & Hannah    Goodchild        1888        John Goodchild 12 April 1888 aged 82 years. Also of Hannah Goodchild who died 2 December 1893 aged 86 years
79    ca    Elizabeth Wade    Morton
80    cb    Flora Catherine    Stewart        1874        Flora Catherine Stewart born 29 May 1842 Died 28 June 1874
81    cc    Evan Edward    Roswell        1875 ?        Evan Edward Roswell MA Rector of the Parish died 2 December MDCCCLXXV aged 71, Edith Roswell 15 July 1875 – March 22 1953 Granddaughter of the above, Dorothy Roswell July 1886 – February 1961 Granddaughter of the above
82    cd    Thomas Mitchell    Kettle        1836        Thomas Mitchell Kettle who died January 12th 1836 aged 55 years
83    ce    Sarah    Elliot        1762        Sarah Elliot Relict of Edward Elliot MA She died November 30th 1762 in the 75th year of her age
84    cf    Edward (no grave)    Elliot        1740        Near this place are deposited the remains of Edward Elliot MA Rector of Dunsfold in this County who died March 26th 1740 in the 65th year of his age
85    cg    William (no grave)    Eliot        1755        William Eliot MA Rector of the Parish also of Dunfold and Chaplain to his RH Frederick Prince of Wales. He died October 7th 1755 in the 46th year of his age and is interred near his father
86    ch    George    Kettle        1853        George Kettle who died July 16th 1853 aged 41 years. Also Dorothy wife of the above who died April 17th 1849 aged 31 years
87    ci    Thomas    Haselden        1810        Mr Thomas Haselden late of this Parish who departed this life the 2nd August 1810 in the 79th year of his age
88    cj    Elizabeth    King        1788        Elizabeth King who died September 25th 1788 aged 22 years
89    ck    Mary    Kettle        1818        Mary wife of James Kettle who died April 9th 1818 aged 39 years. Also Robert son of James and Mary Kettle    footstone denotes Robert Kettle died 1810
90    cl    Robert (or Albert?)    Kettle        1811        Robert (Albert) son of James and Mary Kettle who died February 10th 1811
91    cm    Mary    Kettle        1808        Mary daughter of James and Mary Kettle who died March 10th 1808 aged 3 years and 7 months
92    cn    Elizabeth    Kettle        1806        Elizabeth daughter of James and Mary Kettle who departed this life in April 12th 1806 aged 5 years and 7 months
93    co    Catherine    Eliot        1781        Underneath are deposited the remains of Catherine wife of Laurence Eliot MA Vicar of Steeple Ashton, Wilts. She died November 6th 1781 in the fifty-third year of her age
94    cp    Laurence    Eliot        1787        Laurence Eliot Clerk MA Vicar of Steeple Ashton, Wilts. Died September 22nd 1787 aged 61
95    cq    Clement    Longhurst        1764        Clement the wife of Thomas Longhurst who died October ye 1st 1764 aged 44 years. Also John the son of Thomas and Clement Longhurst who died May ye 31st aged 25 years
96    cr    Aaron    Kettle        1754        Aaron son of Wm. And Eliz. Kettle who died October 6th 1840 aged 17 years
97    cs    Elizabeth    Kettle        1828        Elizabeth wife of William Kettle who died February 3rd 1828 aged 43 years
98    ct    William    Kettle        1860        William Kettle who died December 19th 1860 aged 81 years
99    cu    Israel    Kettle        1825        Israel son of Wm. And Eliz. Kettle who died May 11th 1825 aged 7 years and 1 month
100    cv    John    Kettle        1819        John Kettle who died April 1st 1819 aged 7 years and 1 month
101    cw    Dorothy    Kettle        1804        Dorothy wife of John Kettle who died March 13th 1804 aged 64 years
102    cx    Dorothy    Kettle        1781        Dorothy Kettle died June 10th 1781 aged 3 months
103    cy    Elizabeth    Mitchell        1774        Elizabeth wife of John Mitchell who died ? ? 1774 aged 78 years
104    cz    John    Mitchell        1788        John Mitchell Snr. Who died August 20th 1788 in the 86th year of his age
105    da    Sarah    Mitchell        1812        Sarah Mitchell who died November 22nd aged 75 years
106    db    Edward (+ many family members)    Eliot        1790        Edward Eliot clerk MA decd. August 1790 aged 59. Mary Eliot his wife decd. January 22nd 1816 aged 70. Edward Eliot decd. June 10th 1794 aged 19. Thomas Eliot decd. September 22nd 1800 aged 20. Catherine Eliot decd. January 29th 1852 aged 73, children of Edward Eliot and of Mary his wife    large tomb in brick and stone
107    dc    Ann    Noldart        1870        Ann wife of William Noldart who died January 14th 1870 aged 64 years. Also William Noldart died January 6th 1892 aged 85 years
108    dd    John    Kurn        1903        John Kurn died May 2nd 1903 aged 63
109    de    William    Kettle        1857        William son of George and Ann Kettle who died November 3rd 1857 aged 8 years
110    df    George    Kettle        1889        George Kettle third son of William and Elizabeth Kettle who died January 4th 1889 aged 73 years
111    dg    Ann    Kettle        1895        Ann wife of George Kettle who died April 7th 1895 aged 79 years
112    dh    Elizabeth    Gunner        1811        Elizabeth wife of Francis Gunner who died September 29th 1811 aged 80 years
113    di    Francis    Gunner        1801        Francis Gunner who died December 31st 1801 aged 74 years
114    dj    William    Kettle        1889        William Kettle eldest son of William and Elizabeth Kettle who died November 27th 1889 aged 84 years
115    dk    John    Gunner        1799        John Gunner who died March 10th 1799 aged 28 years
116    dl    John    Mitchell        1813        John Mitchell ? ? 1813 aged 83 years
117    dm    Sarah & Richard    Callingham        1805        Sarah Callingham wife of Richard Callingham who died April 26th 1805 aged 73 years. Richard Callingham who died ? ? 1810. Also of Jane daughter of Richard and Sarah Callingham who died September 4th 1771 aged 7 years.    double headstone
118    dn    Rosamund & John    Borrowman        1895        Rosamund Vertue the beloved wife of John Borrowman. She died 25th August 1895. Also the above named John Borrowman son of Robert Borrowman born in Edinburgh 3rd April 1830 died at Hambledon 4th July 1906. Also Elizabeth daughter of the above died 22nd October 1932 aged 72 years
119    do    Emma    Woolven        1898        Emma the beloved wife of George Woolven died October 3rd 1898. Also William their son died February 25th 1899. Also George Woolven died at Penzance June 5th 1907 aged 79    Cross on three-tiered stone slabs and square kerbing
120    dp    Robert    Markby    1842    1908        Robert Bremner Markby Born 23 January 1842 Died 13 January 1908
121    dq    Andrew (& Alison)    Muir    1817    1899        Andrew Muir born at Greenock 6th January 1817 died at Hambledon 12th June 1899. Alison Blair Muir wife of Andrew Muir Born 24th October 1822 Died 15th December 1910    (tomb)
122    dr    Arthur    Gladstone    1850    1914        Arthur Sydney Gladstone Born 18th June 1850 Died 24th May 1914. Helen Lumley Gladstone aged 24 June 1st 1901. Mary Elizabeth Gladstone    cross fallen from original position (Gay’s notes)
123    ds    John    Bennett    1825    1906        John Bennett Born October 7th 1825 Died November 1906
I found the below in the KES project
missing        Arthur    Ackhurst    1888    1902
missing        Charlotte    Myatt        1900
missing        Thomas    Frogley        1894
missing        Jane    Frogley        1909
From map in vestry:
1    George & Edith    Edwards
2    George    Hamilton
3    Elias    Elliott
4    Sarah    Hutchins
5    Patty    Hope
6    Arthur    Hutchins
7    Thomas    Jackson
8    Sarah    Gill
9    George    Hawkins
10    Charles    Mills
11    Ursula    Fielder
12    Ellen    Fielder
13    Harriet    Pullen
14    George    Lillywhite
15    Job & Mrs    Goodchild
16    James & Harriet    Young
17    Emily    Gill
18    James    Hersey
19    Elizabeth & James    Ayling
20    Emma    Spooner
21    Hazel    Young
22    Joseph    Buss
23    Harvey    Miles
24    Elizabeth    Miles
25    Harvey    Edwards
26    Ernest    Gill (& Richard Clifton & Thomas Clifton)
27    David & Mary    Bookham
28    Marshall & Lottie    Yeomans
29    George    Young
30    Thomas    Henderson
31    James    Underwood
32    Lillain    Stillwell sib S/Smithers
33    Elizabeth    Trigg
34    Hannah    Lane
35    Arthur    Stevens
36    Mary    Gerring
37    Florence    Andrews
38    Frank    Arnold
39    Doris    Coombe & Elsie Turner
40    George    Fane
41    Harriett    Johnson
42    Ellen    Sunders
43    Francis    Reeve
44    William    Hutchins
45    Ellen    Fowler
46    Elsie    Beere
47    Ellen    Frost
48    Victoria    Carter
49    Alfred    Carter
50    Grace & Amy    Ellis
51    Albert & Emily    Ellis
52    Charles    Young
53    William    Squires
54    Mary    Bettesworth
55    Alexander & Sophie    Deneke
56    Arthur    Miles
57    Jessie    Hutchins
58    Henry    Holt
59    Agnes    Gray
60    Wilfred    Hardy
61    Stephen    Clifton
62    William & Caroline    Jennings
63    Louisa    Ketchell
64    Rosa    Newman
65    Henry    Lickfold
66    Richard    Jennings
67    Dorothy    Hedges
68    Willaim & Matilda    Lawrence
69    Lillain    Mitchell
70    Mark & Matilda    Knight
71    Shime & Sidney    Ayling
72    Mary    Denyner
73    Edith    McKee
74    VACANT
75    Frederick    Bicknell
76    Joyce    Beecher & Hazel Luxford
77    George & Emily    Street
78    Albert    Brockhurst
79    Lousia    Elliott
80    Mercy    Ragoett
81    Alice    Pentney (& ashes, Joan Keddle)
82    Jane    Kettle
83    Arthur & Emily    Gill
84    Thomas & Lucy    Young
85    ASHES or INFANTS
86    Dr & Emily    Dawson-Turner
87    Gladys    Kingshott
88    John    Ketchell
89    Evelyn    Hellicar
90    Edith    Elliott
91    William    Rollestone
92    Harriett    Fame (?)        1929    Hambledon Almshouses
93    Mary    Keen
94    George    Goodchild
95    Edwin    Knight
96    Thomas & Elizabeth    Mann
97    Julia & Kate    Jennings
98    Henry    Cooper
99    Ephraim & Lilly    Freemantle
100    Rev A & Laura    Willway
101    James & Violet    W/Martin
102    Col. F & Marie    Hammond
103    Robert, Rupert & Muriel    Readhead (& W John & Romsemary Peel & Margaret Elizabeth Susan Greig)
104    NO GRAVE
105    Oliver    Robson
106    George    Ferguson
107    Alfred    Carter
108    Michel    Becker
109    Reginald    Allum
110    Arthur & Emily    Cumber
111    Henry & Alice    Holt
112    Alexander    Gray
113    Eliza & William    Balchin
114    Walter & Evelyn    Winson
115    James & Emily    Edwards
116    Edward & Kathleen    Farmer (ashes, Francis & Edward)
117    David    Lyle (ashes, Muriel Wreford Lyle)
118    Rev EJ & Marjorie    Seymour
119    ASHES or INFANTS
120    William & Esther    Rugman
121    Arthur    Hammond
122    Albert & Mary    Herrington
123    Harriet & Frederick    Young
124    Ernest & Kate    Ransdale
125    Geoffery & Audrey    G/Holmes (ashes)
126    Eleanor    Richmond
127    William    Neary
128    Rose    Goddard
129    George    Raggett
130    Emily    Rubman
131    Ethel    Bonner
132    Harry    Grinling (ashes, Dorothy Grinling)
133    Mary & Frank    Bendle
134    William, Jane & Alice    Herrington
135    Emily    Mills
136    Sarah & Stephen    Peacock
137    Mary    Hunter
138    Mary    Salmon
139    Ernest    Kille
140    Sarah & Clara    Costen
141    Albert & Rhoda    Simkins
142    Athelstane & Martha    Walker (ashes, Ernest W Walker)
143    Elizabeth & Albert    Jeffery
144    Jane & Henry    Dennymer
145    Herbert    Mansfield
146    Emily Edith & Thomas    Vickery (ashes, Reginald S Pirksuy ?)
147    Henry    Ayling
148    Percy    Lee
149    Albert & Sarah    Froggly
150    Sarah    Barrett
151    Alan & Elizabeth    Bowman
152    James    Adlard (& Arthur Phillips)
153    Annie & William    Freemantle
154    Arthur & Minnie    Winson
155    Charles & Elizabeth    Clark
156    Mary    Davis
157    Cyril & Majorie    Foyle
158    Edith    Cockburn
159    Alexis & Kate    Hornett
160    Thomas    Henery
161    Ellen    Wesley
162    Walter    Kimpson
163    Jessie    Rodgers
164    George    Bonner
165    Lilly    Payne
166    Herbert    Barings
167    Jessie    Puttock
168    Charles    Bonner
169    Kathleen & J Oliver    Hedley (ashes, John Hedley)
170    Jean Lindsay & James    Martin
171    Ruth    Parker
172    Frederick & Allen (son)    Parker
173    VACANT (?)
174    Francis    Hinks
175    Minnie & Thomas    Hammond
176    Emily & Alfred    Mansfield (ashes, John Mansfield & Florence Emily Thomas ?)
177    George    Mansfield
178    William & Ellen    Hutchins
179    Elizabeth    Hutchins
180    Thomas & Florence    Parker
181    Lillian    Baker
182    Sidney & Ellen    Frogley        1952    1 Castle Cottages, Horsham
183    Willaim & Eliza    Edwards
184    Emily & Charles    Peters
185    Ena, Leslie, Gillian & John    Phillips
186    William    Freemantle
187    Albert    Nambourne
188    John    Weldon
189    James & Margaret    Goodchild
190    John    Froggley
191    Edward & Edith    Beere
192    Jane & Edith    Symes
193    William & Rose    Hoptroff
194    Margaret & William    House
195    William & Alice    Dollin
196    Hugh & Florence    Gabb
197    Alfred & Rosina    Hammond
198    Hannah    Lickfold
199    Leonard    Jennings
200    Walter & Jane    Hardy
201    Euphemia    Henery
202    Ms Henery (marked VANCANT)
203    Margaret & William    Winson (ashes, Hector, Alice & David Dudman)
204    Belinda    Parker (Nicholas & Laura Gibbes)
205    Eric & Ruth Margaret    Parker
206    Leslie & Elizabeth Anne    Wieler
207    Kate & Herbert    Carter
208    William & Elsie Maud    Chesson
209    Ronald    Kitley
210    Edith & Louisa    Ellis
211    Frederick & Ellen    Monk
212    William & Elizabeth    Gale
213    David & Margaret Annie    Gill
214    Colin & Joan    Dowson
215    Mary    Freemantle
216    Alice & Charles    Dedman
217    Thomas    Hill
218    ASHES or INFANTS
219    Anthony    Prosser
220    Frank & Nora    Milligan
221    Philip & Amy    Smith (& Lilly Margaret McDonald)
222    Ernest    Willet
223    Emily & George    Luxford
224    John    Borrowman
225    Alice & William    Goad
226    Sarah & James    McNally
227    Harvey & Emma    Edwards
228    Arthur & Eva    Ashdown
229    Clifton    Crawford
230    William & Harriet    Johnson
231    Vera & Beatrice    Allfrey
232    Mary & William    Denyner
233    Charlie & Elizabeth    Elliott
234    Frederick    Jenny
235    Barry    Jackson
236    Mary & Thomas    Pickett
237    Louise    Buchanan
238    Colin    Parker (and Rosemary Parker)
239    Mary Ruth    Parker
240    Ernest & Olive    Spindler
241    Kate    Mitchell
242    Peter    Thorne
243    William & Esther    Elliott
244    Charles & E. Faith    Denny
245    Morris     Thurgood
246    Emma    Cray        1957    1 Wormley Lane, Hambledon
247    James & Kate    Laker
248    Winifred    Puxley
249    William    Hutchinson (ashes)
250    Amy & Frederick    Pritchard
251    ASHES or INFANTS
252    Agnes    Pennington
253    Hannah    Jelley
254    Mary    Droop
255    Frank    Ellis
256    John    Cooper
257    Evelyn & William    Walford
258    Ellen    Mortimer
259    Alfred    Blyth
260    Laura    Knowles
261    Frederick    Lefley
262    Daisy    Onslow
263    Elizabeth    Doyle            1 Wormley Lane, Hambledon
264    Eva     Lindley
265    Louisa    Burton
266    Bridget    Barry
267    Margaret    Clarke
268    Mary    Dane
269    Kenneth    Macrae
270    Esther & Lucy    Stenning
271    ASHES or INFANTS
272    Walter & Lilian    Denyner
273    Harry & Rosetta    Howard
274    Johan    Lee
275    Iris & James    Thacker
276    Alice & Ernest    Jeffery
277    Joseph & Elsie May    Williams (ashes Elsie)
278    Arthur & Edith M    Thorpe
279    Victor & Dorothy A    Jeffery
280    Ellen & George W J    Matcham
281    ASHES or INFANTS
282    Albert     Pullen (& Constance White)
283    Harvey    Edwards
284    John    Wilson
285    Ruth    Gettings
286    Ellen    Wiltshire
287    Maud    Smith
288    Martha    Argyle
289    Annie    Salmon
290    Hilda    Booker
291    Clara    Strudwick
292    Sarah    Wells
293    Ellen     Browne
294    Elizabeth    Gordon
295    Ernest John    Colliss        1965    1 Wormley Lane, Hambledon
296    Frederick    Fry
297    Elander    Paddock
298    William    Killick
299    Edith    Pullen
300    Lilly    Kellett
301    Agnes    Thompson
302    Joseph & Gwendoline    Marriage (Gwendoline ashes)
303    ASHES or INFANTS
304    Bessy & Ruth    Bonner
305    Elsie & Thomas William    Hammond
306    Gladys    Allen
307    Robert    Simms
308    Alice & Herbert     Edwards
309    EE     Avery
310    Olive Mavis    Azis
311    Guy Mansor    Azis
312    Asa C & Anna Marie    Jarmin (ashes Anna Marie)
313    Ronald & Lorna M    Sparks
314    Robert & Florrie    Hammond
315    Richard    Withington (& Mary Richmond Withington)
316    Douglas     Petter
317    Mathilda    Heath
318    Mary    Saxby
319    Christopher    Hammond
320    Elvina    Ward
321    Hilda & Dorothy    cooper
322    Maud & Diana Maud    Jordon
323    George     Madgwick
324    John    McClintock
325    Alfred     Cole
326    Ingrid    Wenham
327    John    Wenham
328    ASHES or INFANTS
329    John S & Dora W    Milligan (ashes)
330    Isabella D    Panton
331    Florence M & Alan S    Wingate
332    Margaret N    McConnell
333    Albert Henry    Jeffery
334    Sylvia Ann    Dudman
335    Elsie Emily Patricia & Alfred Edward    Jeffery
336    ACC    Willway
337    Ernest    Frogley
338    Hilda Constance Helen    Pearson
339    ADB    Pearson
340    Anthony     Nation (& BSW Mitchell)
341    Harriett     Lawson Brown
342    Arnold CGA    Vermundsen
343    Annie    Thompson
344    Alice    Lambden
345    Ernest    Austin
346    Christine    Howard
347    Heidi    Parfitt
348    Cyril Bawn    de Vere Green        1983    Haydon Wood Cottage, Feathercombe Lane, Hambledon
349    Bertha Jane    de Vere Green        1980    Haydon Wood Cottage, Feathercombe Lane, Hambledon
350    RW & Margaret Jean    Sharpington
351    NRA    Walford        21 Apr 1982        Norcliffe Rodney Arrow Buzz Walford died April 21 1982 aged 55 years.
352    Ivy    Lewis
353    Kenneth Arthur & Jean M     Harding (ashes, Jean)    12.1.1932    13.5.1983        Kenneth Arthur Harding devoted husband and father who lived and worked in this village for 30 years at the Nutbourne brickworks born 12.1.1932 died 13.5.1983 also Jean Marie Harding beloved wife and mother who was warm, wonderful and wise and cared for everyone. Love never gives up, its faith, hope and patience never fail. born 12.4.30 died 6.2.93 Love is eternal Cor.13.7
354    Ronald & baby Amelia & Eleanor M    Greybanks    19.1.1917    4.11.1986        Ronald Graybanks (RNR) born 19 Jan 1917 died 4 November 1986 and his wife Eleanor Marjorie born 15 June 1922 died 27 August 1994 with Amelia 21 November 1991
355    Fred & Jessie Amy Winifred    Edwards    22.1.1908    2.9.1988        Frederick Edwards born January 22 1908 died September 2nd 1988 Also his wife Jesse Amy Winifred died November 1994 Aged 78 years
356    Edric    Hardy    28.11.1920    15.5.1988        I will lift mine eyes to the hills Pl.121 Edric Hardy
357    Olive M    Murphy    19 Mar 2010    Mar-88        Olive Mary Agard Murphy March 1919 – March 1988
358    David E    Sopp                    worn/overgrown gravestone
359    Mary E & G    Forehead    1911    1988        Mary elizabeth Forehead 1911-1988 and her devoted husband Walter George Forehead 1907 – 1985
360    Susan Penelope & Darren J    Reynolds    May-47    Apr-85        Aged 37. Maureen Joyce Reynolds (nee Blood) December 1921 – October 2009 Aged 87
361    Richard C & Ruth    Steele    21.6.05    9.10.92        born Bradfield 21.6.05 died Hambledon 9.10.92 and his wife Ruth Wilson Steele born Handsworth 10.2.10, died Hambledon 31.8.01
362    Francis W & Jean S    Finnigan        10.2.92        Lt Col Francis Walter (Tosty) Finnigan MC died 10.2.92 aged 78. and his wife Jean Sime Finnigan (nee Douty) MBE died 4.6.92 Aged 79. They served their country and were loyal to their family and friends.
363    Cameron    Hammond        16.10.82        Aged 82. South of England Showman
364    Montague    Hammond        28.5.1985        Aged 77. A much loved South of England showman
365    Amy Mary    Hammond    5.12.85            aged 69. wife of Montague
366    Daisy Elizabeth    Thorne (& Margaret E Holland)    23.12.09    14.3.84        daughter of above Margaret Elizabeth Holland born 11.4.46 died 22.4.96
367    Ursula & Charles    Finch Oldham (ashes, Charles)    1911    1984        Arthur Charles Godolphin 1905-1998
368    Edith Beatrice     Arden-White (& ashes Cecilia D Townsend, ashes & Herman Guy Collingwood Townsend)    1904    1983        1984-1983and Cecilia Davina 1907-1992    Inscription just for Herman Guy and Cecilia Davina
369    Lucy Marjorie     Harvey    7.4.85            Aged 94
370    Alice    Harris    9.3.33            Alice Harris 9th March 1933 Aged 88 Tranouillit(?)
371    VACANT (?)
372    Martin B    Caroe    1933    1999        Martin Bragg Caroe of Vann
373    William D    Caroe
374    RESERVED
375    RESERVED
376    Dennis LE    Wieler    20 Nov 1930    31 Oct 1997        Dennis LE Wieler of Feathercombe born 20 Nov 1930 Died 21 Oct 1997
377    RESERVED
378    VACANT (?)
379    Mary Violet Millicent    Etherton        7 Jul 2003        Mary Etherton died 7 July 2003 aged 84
380    Geoffrey John     Thorne    29.5.1912    13.11.99        G J Thorne Jack born 29.5.1912 died 13.11.1999
381    Susan     Sewell    1959    1995        Susan Jennifer Ann Sewell 1959-1995
382    Sydney L & Louise Cathleen    Elliott        25 Sep 1995        Sidney Leonard Elliott died 25 Sep 1995 aged 75 Louise Kathleen Elliott “Jim” died 1st March 2004 aged 81
383    Nichola F    Pickup    7 Jun 1957    7 Feb 1993        Nicola Fleur Pickup born 7th June 1957 died 7th February 1993
384    Ronald    Denyer        1991            worn/overgrown headstone
385    Elsie May & Mary E     Sertin    1897    1990        Elsie May Sertin 1897-1990 Mary E Sertin    worn/overgrown headstone
386    Charlie     Eliott        23 Apr 1990        Charlie Noel Elliott died 23 April 1990 aged 74
387    Evelyn Lilly    Collins    12.9.08    12.9.88    Farncombe    Evelyn Lilly Collins born 12.9.08 died 12.9.88
388    Joan     Howarth Robinson         21 Nov 1988    Squirrels Wood, Wormley Hill, Wormley    Joan Haworth Robinson died November 21st 1988 aged 71
389    William    O’Callaghan
390    Rosemary E, Harold & Lilian    Whale (ashes, Howard)        14 Nov 1989        In memory of Rosemary Elizabeth Whale died 14th November 1989 aged 41 years
391    Peter F    Monks                Peter F Monks    wooden cross
392    Alan    Talman        25 Apr 1997        In memory of my husband, Dad, Grandpa Alan Talman died 25 April 97 aged 59.
393    Audrey    Stedall    1910    1999        In loving memory of Audrey Wishart Stedall nee Cotton 1910-1999 and her beloved husband Marcus BP Stedall 1905-1982 and their eldest child Carolyn S Stedall 1938-1945
394    Thalia    Dean    1918    2000        In loving memory of Thalia Mary Dean born 7th August 1918, died 10th December 2010
395    Michael J    Atkins    1934    2001        In loving memory of Michael James Atkins 1934-2001
396    VACANT (?)
397    VACANT (?)
398    VACANT (?)
399    VACANT (?)
400    VACANT (?)
401    VACANT (?)
402    VACANT (?)
403    VACANT (?)
404    VACANT (?)
405    VACANT (?)
406    VACANT (?)
407    RESERVED
408    Julian H    Williams    1969    2008        Julian Williams “Joolz” 14-12-69 26-07-08
409    Martha L    Davis                Martha Davis Rest in Peace
410    Lilian M  (& W Leonard)    Edwards    1905    1993        Loving memory of Lilian May Edwards born 23.2.1905 died 1.4.1993 William Leonard Edwards born 14.11.1903 died 6.6.2000 Eternal God and father all our days are blest living in your sight
411    Gordon T     Brignall    1934    1996        In loving memory of Gordon Trevor Brignall 21-12-1934 – 10-11-1996 a much loved husband
412    K Jean    Montin        1999        In loving memory of Kathleen Jean Montyn nee Dudley wife and mother died 21st November 1999 aged 73 years
413    Diana R    Taylor    1949    2001        in memory of Diana Rachael Taylor. Much loved daughter and sister 21st April 1949 – 21st May 2001 Thine For Ever
414    Darren W    Knott    1968    2001        In loving memory of a dear husband and father Darren Knott 31.10.1968 – 06.08.2001 We will love you forever
415    A George    Clark    1917    2002        In loving memory of Alfred G Clark ‘George’ 3.3.1917 – 19.4.2002 Husband to Hanna God Bless
416    Frederick JF    Elliott    1909    2003        In loving memory of Fred Elliot 1909 – 2003 aged 94
417    Eric John & June Elization    Vranch    1925    2008        In memory of Eric John Vranch 1925 – 2008 and his wife Jane Elizabeth 1926- 2009
418    Paddy M    Gravestock    1932    2004        In loving memory of Paddy Mary Susan Gravestock a beloved wife and mother 10th August 1932 – 26h May 2004
419    Oskar     Wieser    1941    2003        Treasured memories of Oskar Wieser 13th August 1941, 31st October 2005 loved and missed by all forever in our hearts
419 (a)    Neville R    Sewell    1937    2006        Nev,  Neville Robert Sewell, 11th Dec. 1937 – 5th April 2006 a devoted husband, dad and grandad much loved and forever in our thoughts
419 (b)    Sylvia    Harvey    1930    2006        In loving memory of Sylia IC Harvey 8th February 1930 to 13th November 2006. Caring daughter, sister and auntie
419 (c)    Maria     Pink    1964    2008        In loving memory of Maria Ann Pink, a caring mother, daughter, sister and friend 24th July 1964 – 30th April 2008 Rest in peace
420    VACANT (?)
421    Jack A  (and Pat?)    Sanguinetti    1907    1986        In treasured memory of Jack Allen Sanguinetti 1907-1986. A devoted husband, father and grandfather greatly loved. Darling wife Pat Sanguinetti 1917-2003. Adored mother
422    VACANT (?)
423    VACANT (?)
424    VACANT (?)
425    VACANT (?)
426    VACANT (?)
427    VACANT (?)
428    VACANT (?)
429    VACANT (?)
430    VACANT (?)
431    VACANT (?)
432    VACANT (?)
433    Lilian Rosina    Sage    1894    1998        In loving memory of Dear Auntie Rose, Lilian Rosina Sage July 1894 – November 1998. The Lord Bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you and give you peace
434    John M     Blanchard    1931    2005        Dear John 1931-2005 John Malcolm Blanchard died 15th July 2005 aged 73 years
435    Susan Kim     Kane    1961    2005        Sue Kane 4 July 1961, 8 October 2005 Dragonfly out in the sun
436    Christopher    King        2006        Christopher King died 25th Sept 2006, aged 71 years
437    Edith V & William    Lintott- Porter                In loving memory of Edith & Bill Lintott-Porter
438    Clive RR    Harvey        2008        Clive Reginald Basil Harvey, died30th March 2008, aged 72 years
439    James Edward     Knight
440    Shirley     Pollock    1935    2010

Oakhurst Cottage (NT)

  • Oakhurst HambledonA small 16th-century timber-framed cottage
  • Restored and furnished as a simple labourer’s dwelling
  • Fascinating artefacts reflecting four centuries of occupation
  • Delightful gardens with typical Victorian plants

 

Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 14.12.53Oakhurst Cottage  (National Trust Property )
Hambledon, nr Godalming, Surrey GU8 4HF
Telephone: 01483 208477

Due to Oakhurst’s age and fragility, visits are only possible as part of a pre-booked guided tour. Tours are run in the afternoon on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays between April and October. Space is very limited, so it is essential you arrange a tour in advance. To book, please phone the Winkworth Arboretum team on 01483 208936 or email them.

Listen to Norman Gravestock’s audio presentation about his time as curator of Oakhurst:

In March 2013. Norman was invited as guest speaker at the Hambledon Heritage Society AGM.  This is a recording of his 35 minute presentation.  He talks about the history of Oakhurst and the economic and social history of Hambledon and the surrounding area.

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 publicationof the first part of their Oral History Project:  video and audiorecordings of villagers’ stories recounting life in the Hambledonduring the 1940’s.

 

 

Click the banner above to listen and view.

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.


 


 

The 2013 AGM in March was a well attended affair, not least because of the guest speaker’s excellent presentation.

Norman Gravestock gave an entertaining talk on the heritage of Hambledon.  Listen to his whole speech here.

His presentation has been added to the ever expanding:

Hambledon Heritage Society Oral History Project

 

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 rudemenatry 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.

Paul Osborne

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 HERITAGE LIVE!

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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.

Parish Council Gives Conditional Support to Nutbourne Development

Hambledon Parish Council has agreed to support the proposal to build a country house estate on the site of the former Nutbourne Brickworks at Roundals Lane, subject to satisfactory legal advice on a covenant it has been offered by the developers.

The majority of villagers who expressed an opinion on the planning application by Millgate Homes urged the parish council to support the proposal.

The priority for parish councillors was to obtain the best possible outcome for Hambledon and they made it clear to the developers that many issues had to be examined before such support could be forthcoming.  As a result Millgate came back to the parish council with a significant concession. It would transfer a piece of Nutbourne land to the parish which would be given the benefit of a covenant restricting building on the neighbouring development site to one large country house and further restrict its use to that of a single-occupancy home. However, Millgate made the offer conditional to the parish council agreeing to support its application. This condition was unacceptable to councillors.

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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