HASLEMERE (with Hindhead) – an Idyllic Country Town
Fay Foster

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Fay Foster, Maple Lodge, Lythe Hill Park, Haslemere GU27 3TE
Email: thefosters 'at' haslemere.com
November 2018

Back Cover . Foreword . Contents . Bibliography . Index . About the Author

Back Cover

This book on Haslemere, using material prepared by a number of local people tasked with producing the town's Design Statement, has been put together by Fay Foster. After extensive research she has written much additional content bringing the history up to date. The aim has been to paint a picture of Haslemere and Hindhead, emphasising the events and the people who have made the town as vibrant and friendly as it is today.


Set up by Haslemere Town Council, a group of Haslemere residents, led by the then Mayor, Cyndy Lancaster, met over two years from 2011 to compile the Haslemere Design Statement. A tremendous amount of work was put into producing a set of Design Guidelines which were subsequently adopted by Waverley Borough Council as a 'material consideration' when planning applications are considered for the Haslemere area. In the main Chapters 1, 2 and 3 in this book are as written for the Design Statement.

A lot of the painstaking research had to be omitted when it came to the final document and, since it was thought a pity to lose such valuable material, I decided to try and bring it all together. However inevitably the work done by Cyndy's committee was focussed on housing, architecture and planning issues. Having lived in Haslemere for 57 years, worked as a reporter on the Haslemere Herald, and with considerable knowledge of the town and its neighbouring areas, I have therefore extended it to add items of human interest. Included are notes about famous people who have lived in our midst, plus snippets of history, customs, and stories that have come down over the centuries. Some of these may be apocryphal but, unless anyone can disprove them, they all add to the rich tapestry that has made our town what it is.

Thanks are due to very many people who have contributed to the book, some of whose names are recorded below. If anyone has been left out inadvertently, I offer my sincere apologies. I have made considerable use too of the internet and Wikipedia and it is therefore possible that some of the 'facts' are not correct. I have checked as thoroughly as I am able but it could be that errors have got through.

Those who did the bulk of the original work under the chairmanship of Cyndy Lancaster were Robert Serman, Nicholas Harding, Michael Foster, Julia Roxan, Lesley Banfield, Clive Davidson, Ken Griffiths, Melissa King and Nigel Quick.

The majority of photos in the book were taken by me but Robert Serman, who took many of those in the Design Statement, has kindly allowed me to use some of his as well. There are a handful that I have had on file for some years or that have been given to me from an unknown source. I must apologise in case I have inadvertently infringed the copyright.

I am also indebted to the following who were involved with the Design Statement or have contributed in other ways: Andy Arrick, Kate Bain, Tony Bennett, Dr Marion Dell, Catherine Eyre, David Field, Jonathan Foster, Chris Harrison, William King, Judith Kusel, James Mackie, Christine Maynard, David O'Brien, Melanie Odell, David Round, Ian Russell, Hugh Turrell-Clark, Melanie Tyrrell, Tim Winter and Beatrice Phillpotts of the Haslemere Herald.

I must also thank Cyndy Lancaster and my son, Jonathan Foster, for their help with proof-reading. I will be forever grateful to local writer, historian and publisher, John Owen Smith, who has given invaluable help to an amateur struggling with the perplexities of a computer and has done all the typesetting and arranged the publishing of this book.

Publications which have provided additional valuable information are acknowledged in the Bibliography at the end

Table of contents

1. Landscape and Natural Environment

    Boundaries and Approaches
    Relief and Visual Landscape
    Natural Environment and Wildlife
    Transport and Access

2. History and Origins of Haslemere & District

    The Coming of the Railway
    The Town Today

3. History of the Other Wards in Haslemere

    Shottermill and Critchmere
    Hindhead and Beacon Hill

4. Haslemere Town Centre

    Bridge Road, Charter Walk, Chestnut Avenue, Cobden Lane, Collards Gate, Fieldway, George Denyer Close, High Street, Lower Street East, Penfold Manor, Popes Mead, Well Lane, West Street

5. North & North-East of the Town Centre

    Beech Road, Church Lane, Church Green, Grays Close, Grayswood Road, Highercombe Road, Holdfast Lane, Kemnal Park, Oaklands, Pathfields, Pathfields Close, Redwood Manor, Rosemary Court, Tanners Lane, Three Gates Lane, Uplands Close

6. North-West of the Town Centre

    Bartholomew Close, Bunch Lane, Bunch Way, Chatsworth, Avenue, Dell Close, Derby Road, Farnham Lane, High Lane, Highbury Grove, Inval, Kiln Avenue, Parsons Close, Parsons Green, Peperham Road, Pine View Close, Puckshott Way, Playing Fields Close, The Spinney, St Christopher's Green, Stoatley Rise, The Paddock, Weycombe Road, Weydown Road, Whitfield Close, Whitfield Road, Wispers Park

7. South-West of the Town Centre

    Cedar Court, Courts Hill Road, Courts Mount Road, Hasle Drive, Hedgehog Lane, Hill Court, Hollyridge, Howberry Chase, Longdene Road, Lower Street West, Meadowlands Drive, Midhurst Road, Sandrock, Shepherds Hill, St Andrew's Drive

8. South & South-East of the Town Centre

    Blackdown Lane, Chase Lane, Chiltern Close, Collards Lane, College Hill, College Hill Terrace, Denbigh Road, Half Moon Hill, Hales Field, Haste Hill, Hill Road, Lythe Hill Park, Museum Hill, Old Haslemere Road, Park Road, Petworth Road, Scotland Lane, Scotlands Close, Swanbarn Road, Tennysons Lane, Tennysons Ridge

9. Shottermill

    Azalea Drive, Bell Road, Braeside Close, Cherry Tree Avenue, Chilcroft Road, Dale View, Foundry Lane, Junction Place, Kings Road, Lion Close, Lion Green, Lion Lane, Lion Mead, Meadow Vale, Meadway, Rex Court, Sickle Road, St Christopher's Road, Stile Gardens, Sturt Road, Sunbrow, The Avenue, The Meads, Timbermill Court, Underwood Road, Vicarage Lane, Wey Hill, Weysprings, Woodlands Lane

10. Critchmere

    Border End, Border Road, Buffbeards Lane, Cherrimans Orchard, Church Road, Critchmere Hill, Critchmere Lane, Critchmere Vale, Deepdene, Dolphin Close, Eliot Drive, Fir Tree Avenue, Fox Road, Glovers Field, Hatchetts Drive, Herondale, Hindhead Road, Liphook Road, Lower Hanger, Lucas Fields, Mallard Close, Manor Close, Manor Crescent, Manor Lea, Mill Close, Oak Tree Lane, Old Mill Place, Pitfold Avenue, Pitfold Close, Polecat Hill, Polecat Valley, Priors Wood, Rackfield, Roedeer Close, Shottermill Park, St Stephen's Close, Sunvale Avenue, Sunvale Close, Trout Road, Woolmer Hill Road

11. Hindhead Crossroads Area

    Broomsquires, Copse Way, Glenlea, Glenville Gardens, Forestdale, Hatchlands Drive, Hazel Grove, Headley Road, Heather Way, High Pitfold, Highfield Crescent, Holmes Place, Hunters Place, London Road, Mead Road, Moorlands Close, Nutcombe Lane, Pine Bank, Portsmouth Road, Royal Huts Avenue, Royal Parade, Rozeldene, Tarn Road, The Moorings, Thistledown, Tower Close, Tower Road, Tyndalls

12. Beacon Hill Village Area

    Beacon Crescent, Beacon Hill Court, Beacon Hill Park, Beacon Hill Road, Caerleon Close, Churt Road, Churt Wynde, Clovelly Drive, Clovelly Park, Clovelly Road, Corry Road, Cricket Close, Downside, Downsview Close, Eight Acres, Fairways, Glen Close, Glen Road, Golf Links Avenue, Grove Road, Grovers Gardens, Harlequin Close, Hillgarth, Heath Close, Heathside Lane, Hill Road, Huntingford Close, Linkside East, Linkside North, Linkside South, Linkside West, Moorlands Close, Parsons Lane, Ridgemoor Close, Sandheath Road, Steepways, Stronsay Close, Tilford Road, Trimmers Wood, Willian Place, Wood Road, Woodland Gardens, Writers Close

13. Grayswood Area

    Ash Tree Close, Church Close, Clammer Hill Road, Grayswood Common, Grayswood Mews, Grayswood Road, Lower Road, Paddock Way, Park Close, Prestwick Lane, Sandy Lane, The Mount, Upper Mount, Williamson Close

14. Neighbouring Areas, North East and South East

    Black Down, Kingsley Green, Fernhurst, Lurgashall, Northchapel, Chiddingfold, Hambledon, Wormley, Witley, Brook, Milford

15. Neighbouring Areas, North West and South West

    Thursley, Tilford, Frensham, Churt, Grayshott, Headley, Headley Down, Liphook, Bramshott, Camelsdale, Lynchmere, Hammer

Appendix 1: The story of the sailor's stone, Hindhead
Appendix 2: Haslemere's streams and mills
Appendix 3: Haslemere at war, 1939-1945
Appendix 4: Blue plaques awarded by The Haslemere Society
Appendix 5: The town crest and arms of Haslemere

Separate Sections

James Edward Oglethorpe
Inspector Donaldson
Haslemere Museum
Edward and Josiah Wood Whymper

The Dolmetsch Family
Sir Robert Hunter

John Wornham Penfold

14 Petworth Road
J Stewart Hodgson
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Peasant Arts Society

George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans)
William Cecil Marshall
Elizabeth Forster

Professor John Tyndall
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
George Bernard Shaw

John Grover
Robertson Memorials

Axel Herman Haig

Swing Riots
Helen Allingham
Whitaker Wright

David Lloyd George
Flora Thompson
Canadians Here in the World Wars


Haslemere Design Statement, Published by Haslemere Initiative, 2012
Haslemere Town Trail No. 1 High Street and Petworth Road & Haslemere Town Trail No. 2 Shepherds Hill and Church Lane,
    Both produced by Haslemere Visitor Information Centre
Haslemere Walks leaflets, Visit Haslemere, and the National Trust
Shottermill, its Farms, Families and Mills, Part II, Greta A Turner, 2005 Pub. John Owen Smith
Heretofore in Haslemere, Allen Chandler, 1965
Haslemere in History, Dr George Rolston, 1964
Haslemere 1850-1950, Dr George Rolston, 1956
Bygone Haslemere, E W Swanton & P Woods, 1914
The changing face of Shottermill, Beryl Pooley, 1987
An Edwardian Childhood, Margaret Hutchinson, 1981 & 2003, Pub. John Owen Smith
The Hilltop Writers, W R Trotter, 1996 & 2003, Pub. John Owen Smith
All Saints Church, Grayswood, James Mackie, Pub. J C S Mackie 2014
The History of Witley, Milford & the Surrounding Area, Dr Elizabeth Forster, 1999
Walks through History, John Owen Smith, 2016
Walks from the Railway, Guildford to Portsmouth, John Owen Smith, 2016
One Monday in November – The Story of the Selborne and Headley Workhouse Riots of 1830, John Owen Smith, 2002
On the Trail of Flora Thompson, John Owen Smith, 2011
Around Haslemere & Hindhead in Old Photographs, Collected by Tim Winter and Graham Collyer, pub.1991
Around Haslemere, Tim Winter, published 2002
The Rise and Fall of the English Switzerland, Dr Marion Dell, 2016
The Buildings of England, Surrey, Ian Nairn & Nikolaus Pevsner, Penguin 1962
The Kings England, Surrey, Arthur Mee, pub. Hodder & Stoughton, 1938
The Surrey Style, Roderick Gradidge, Surrey Historic Building Trust, 1991
West Surrey Architecture 1840-2000, Christopher Budgen, pub. Heritage of Waverley Ltd, 2002
The Memoirs of Field Marshall Montgomery, Viscount Montgomery, Pub. Collins, 1958


Aberconway, Lord, 97
Allen, Grant, Author, 107
Allen, Theophilus A, Architect, 48
Allingham, Helen, Artist, 61, 89, 93, 128, 147
Allingham, William, Poet, 49, 147
Alliss, Peter, Golf Champion, 119
Appleton, Henry & Thomas, Braid Manufacturers, 88
Armatrading, Joan, Singer, 98
Armitage, George Faulkner, Architect, 103
Arts & Crafts Movement, 18, 34, 42, 53, 69, 84, 85, 86, 143, 178
Asher, Jane, Actress, 173
Barker, Sue, Tennis Player/Presenter, 139
Barlow, Francis, Farmer/Huntsman, 136
Bhutto, Mrs Benazir, Pakistan Premier, 146
Black, Roger, Athlete, 162
Blount, Godfrey, Craftsman, 49, 85, 86
Bond, Michael, Author, 52
Bonneville, Hugh, Actor, 173
Bottomley, Dame Virginia, Former MP, 151
Bottomley, Peter, Member of Parliament, 151
Brownrigg, Annesley, Architect, 59
Canadian Forces, 96, 118, 145, 150, 156, 164, 170, 174, 175
Caroe, W D, Arts & Crafts Architect, 141
Castle, Agnes & Egerton, Writers, 95
Clarke, Marion, War Victim, 34, 188
Clement Brothers, Window Manufacturers, 82
Cobden, William, Author, 32
Cokelers, Christian Sect, 64, 135
Coleridge, John Duke, Architect, 116
Conran, Terence, Designer, 173
Croucher, Chris, Director, 'Downton Abbey', 173
Day, Barclay Lewis, Philanthropist, 18, 37
Derby, Lord, Landowner, 49, 121, 147
Diana, Princess of Wales, 170
Dickens, Charles, Author, 108, 183
Dimbleby, Richard & family, Broadcasters, 179
Dolmetsch family, Musicians, 43
Donaldson, Police Inspector William, 25, 26, 40, 66
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan, Author, 18, 106, 108, 112, 119, 166
Dunn, Selwyn, Artist, 66
Dury, Ian, Pop Singer, 167
Edwards, Monica, Author, 103
Eliot, George, (Mary Anne Evans), Author, 93, 149
Erle, Sir William, Judge and Politician, 102, 182
Evans, Chris, Radio & TV Personality, 139
Eyre, Catherine, Local Historian, 87
Fielding, Rev James, Highwayman Rector, 30, 75, 179
Firth, Colin, Actor, 166
Fleetwood Mac, Pop Group, 167, 168
Fleming, Ian, Author, 145
Forbes-Nixon, David, Philanthropist, 107
Forster, Miss Elizabeth, Philanthropist, 79, 99
Foster, Myles Birket, Artist, 148
Galton, Alan, Scriptwriter, 151
Galton, Sir Francis, Scientist, 95
Gardner, W Binscombe, Artist, 109, 116
Geikie, Archibald, Geologist, 69
Genesis, Pop Group, 139, 167
Granger, Stewart, Actor, 178
Green, Arthur Romney, Founder, Independent Labour Party, 86
Grover, John, Philanthropist, 23, 108, 115, 116
Haig, Axel, Architect, 122
Harman, Alfred Hugh, Photography Pioneer, 121, 122
Haslemere & District Hospital, 39
Haslemere Educational Museum, 15, 18, 28, 29, 54, 188
Haslemere Hall, 18, 37
Haslemere Rotten Borough, 17, 66, 67
Haslemere Town Hall, 25
Haslemere War Memorial, 33, 70
Haslewey Community Centre, 83
Hill, Miss Octavia, Co-founder National Trust, 45, 140
Hodgson, James Stewart, Philanthropist, 18, 36, 68, 72, 74
Hopkins, Gerald Manley, Poet, 40, 49
Hopkins, Sir Fredk Gowland, Nobel Prizewinner, 48
Hunt, Lord John, Climber of Everest, 162
Hunt, Rt Hon. Jeremy, MP, 19, 142
Hunter Base Camp, 31, 66
Hunter Dunn, Miss Joan (Mrs Joan Jackson), 168
Hunter, Edward W, Printing Magnate, 128
Hunter, Sir Robert, National Trust Founder, 18, 25, 44, 45, 101, 165
Hutchinson, Margaret, Writer/Naturalist, 130
Hutchinson, Sir Jonathan, Surgeon/ Museum Founder, 18, 29, 52, 54, 65
Hutton, Barbara, American Heiress, 96
I'Anson, Edward & Catherine, Philanthropists, 163
James, Miss Marian, Philanthropist, 103
Jekyll, Gertrude, Garden Designer, 51, 142, 143, 145, 154, 156
Karloff, Boris, Actor, 174
Keith, Dame Penelope, Actress, 151
Killinger, Richard, Rex Cinema, 82
King Edward VII, 84
King George VI, 73
King Haakon VII of Norway, 171
King Hussain of Jordan, 112
King, Joseph & Maude, Craftsmen, 86, 177
Law, Ben, Environmentalist, 68
Led Zeppelin, Pop Group, 167
Lee, Laurie, Author, 128
Lindsey-Clark, Michael, Sculptor, 117
Lloyd George David, UK Prime Minister, 161
Lochner, Lt. Cmdr Robert, Inventor, 177
Ludlam, Mother, Legendary Witch, 158, 160
Lutyens, Sir Edwin, Architect, 59, 109, 112, 150, 154, 155, 156, 159
MacDonald, Robert Falconer, Architect, 41
Mangles, Henry, Plantsman, 128, 145
Manser, Michael, Architect, 128
Marconi, Guglielmo, Inventor, 60
Marshall, William Cecil, Architect/ Tennis Champion, 97
May, E J, Architect, 50, 97
Methuen, Sir Algernon, Publisher, 33, 41, 98
Michie, James Coutts, Artist, 48
Millais, Sir John Everett, Artist, 162
Montgomery, Viscount of Alamein & Hindhead, 110, 111
Morris, William, Designer/Craftsman, 40, 53, 81, 97, 98, 149, 150
Mosley, Sir Oswald, Wartime Traitor, 41
Muncaster, Martin, Broadcaster, 179
Nettleship, Edward, Surgeon, 97
Newton, Ernest, Architect, 70
Nicholson, Michael, ITV Presenter, 124
Noakes, John, TV Presenter, 'Blue Peter', 162
Oakford, Hannah, Water Carrier, 31, 35
Ockenden Venture, 53, 55
Oglethorpe, General James, MP, 17, 25, 26, 32, 67
Parry, Sir Hubert, Composer, 180
Peasant Arts Industries, 49, 86, 188
Penfold, John Wornham, Architect, 32, 40, 48, 57, 60, 61
Pinero, Sir Arthur Wing, Playwright, 46
Pirrie, Viscount William James, 55, 102, 146, 148
Pite, W A, Architect, 107
Pollock, Sir Fredk & Lady Georgina, 106, 163
Ponsonby Family, 180
Prince Harry & Meghan, 158
Rawnsley, Canon Hardwicke, co-founder of the National Trust, 45
Rhodes, G W H, Builder, 82
Robertson Obelisks, 118, 119, 158
Russell, James Cholmeley, Financier, 64
Scarfe, Gerald, Cartoonist, 173
Scott, Terry, Actor/Comedian, 149
Shannon, Count & Countess, 103
Shaw, George Bernard, Author/Playwright, 18, 112, 166, 177
Shaw, R Norman, Architect, 41, 59, 108, 158
Short, Oswald, Aircraft Manufacturer, 179
Shrimpton, Jean, Supermodel, 129
Simmons, James, Papermaker, 21, 87, 91
Simpson, Ray, Scriptwriter, 151
Sligo, Marquess of, 71
Spooner, Charles, Architect, 53, 81, 98
Stirling, James, Architect, 98
Stopes, Dr Marie, Birth Control Pioneer, 109
Storr, Rayner, Mediaeval Scholar, 107
Stranglers, The, Pop Group, 139
Swing Riots, 133, 166
Tanner, Rev. Christopher, War Victim, 53
Tennyson, Alfred Lord, Poet, 40, 75, 76, 91, 126, 127, 164
Thompson, Flora, Author/Naturalist, 165, 173
Towner, Henry Bingham, Architect, 138
Triggs, Inigo, Architect, 33
Troup, Francis, Architect, 64, 85
Tyndale, Walter, Artist, 69
Unsworth, W F, Architect, 69
Voysey, C F A, Architect, 51, 69, 107
Wallace, Gregg, TV Personality/Grocer, 150
Walton, Kent, Boxing Commentator, 83
Ward, Mrs Humphrey, Novelist, 124
Whitbread, Col. Bill & Betty, Racehorse Owners, 55
Whymper, Edward, Mountaineer/Engraver, 30, 31
Whymper, Josiah Wood, Illustrator/Engraver, 30, 31
Wilkinson, Jonny, Rugby Player, 158
Wood, Ken, founder of Kenwood, 173
Wright, Whitaker, Financier/Landowner, 147, 148

About the Author

Fay Foster, who received the MBE for Services to Haslemere in 2010, was a long-serving councillor for Haslemere and served as Town Mayor from 2000-2001.

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