I have never lived in Bletchingley, but my paternal grandfather, Alfred David Balcombe, was born and raised in the village. My great grandfather was a publican - at The Cottage of Content - but had died when my father was a young boy. My great aunt and uncle remained unmarried and continued to live in the property, although I'm not sure if they continued to run it as a public house. My great uncle was also a blacksmith. Sadly, the building was demolished sometime during the 1960's. I would love to know if anyone has any information regarding the family/property before then. My only memory is going there for tea once - there was a big, sunny room with a huge mirror on the wall on the end of the building and a large brass wheel on the bar wall - a type of musical 'box'? Can you help?
A memory shared byon Apr 13th, 2012.
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