Blackheath, The Volunteer Arms c.1955

Blackheath, The Volunteer Arms c.1955

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To the west of Farley Heath and Blackheath, the hamlet of Blackheath grew up in Victorian times. The pub dates from about 1840, and used to have a later elaborate arched canopy, now long gone. The pub is now called the Villagers. The Watney's barrel over the sign is a period piece: remember Watney's Red Barrel beer? The lane leads onto Blackheath, which is popular with walkers.

Memories of Blackheath, the Volunteer Arms c1955

The Volunteer Arms

My Great Grandfather Alfred Saunders (1863-1944) looked after the Volunteer Arms before he semi-retired, he also had an interest in the Forest King Pub and the Percy Arms at Chilworth (plus he had shares in Hodgsons brewery) The Forest King and the Percy Arms were operated by his cousins and it was a cousin who temporarily took over the Volunteer Arms

Memories of Blackheath

Forest King Pub

My Great Great Grandparents Frederick & Mary Saunders owned the Forest King Pub. He is listed as a publican in the 1881 & 1891 census and Frederick died 24 Jan 1894 and Mary died in 1904. Alexander Saunders was then the licenced-victualler.


It has been almost 50 years since I have seen the inside of this church. My mother; Molly Risbridger) was married in this church to a Canadian soldier Mr. Ken Lloyd Maxted. I am their son Robert Glenn Maxted. Happy Anniversary! 2007 I love you Mom and Dad, Your Son, Glenn


My gran owned the pub at Blackheath which was called the Forest King, it was on the edge of the cricket pitch. There was also another pub called the Volunteer on the next road. Does anybody remember them?

Family Shop

My Nan and Grandad often took myself and my twin sister to visit his mother and brother in Blackheath (Lamb Lane) and to their local shop. Wow, sweets galore! Lovely smelling cooked meats, it was great! I always remember the walk from the station near some playing fields, then walking into the shop and seeing my great ...Read full memory

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