Admirals Walk c1965, Pirbright
Memories of Admirals Walk c1965, Pirbright
Admirals Walk''s Legend
My mother lived in Admirals Walk during the Second World War. Her father was a Spanish official posted in London who hired the property to spare his family the bombing raids over the capital. The house belonged at that time to a British family whose members were serving in the army and could not live in Pirbright. Among the ancestors of that family there was an admiral who lost his life in the battle of Trafalgar. The name of the house stems from a legend according to which the ghost of the late admiral showed up on certain nights walking by the house. Although my mother never saw the spectre, as she would have wished, she keeps beautiful memories of those difficult days in Britain, full of courage and bravery. She still praises the beauty of the house and the countryside. Thanks to this site I was able to show her a picture of the house and to refresh the distant memories of her youth in England.
Pirbright & local memories
Read and share memories of Pirbright and Surrey inspired by Frith photos.
Boxing Day Scramble
I was brought up in Pirbright Village and my father was into motorbikes. My brother was older than me and had a motorcycle 1st but when I was old enough I also got a motorcycle. For many years as a family we went to Fox Hills on Boxing Day to watch the big boxing day scramble (now known as motocross). We usually took soup in a flask and bread with us. I cannot remember when, but the misrable war department stopped it. They said, that it was stopped due to soil erosion (it was only held once a year). The army landrovers and Bedford lorrys did more damage to Fox Hills than the motorcycles ever did. I miss those Boxing Day meetings. Fox Hills hasn't changed much.
My Childhood Memories...
My name is Dawn Thompson, I grew up in one of the Cottages next to the Pub (no 3). My father Peter Thompson, worked there for many years. I remember the Hunt meetings and I remember Tom Hatton, who ran it many years ago. After him, Geoff Walkling took it over with his family. My mum Elsie Thompson, worked there for a while as well, but found it too much with having to look after my sister and myself. I used to play with Tom Hatton's dogs, I used to go in the larder and give them lots of treats then hide, so Tom wouldn't catch me. My dad used to work at Vokes up the road, but when he gave that up he worked in the Pub full time and it became a second home to us. Sadly my father passed away in 1993 and I still miss him to this day. I live in Devon now so do not get up to Pirbright much but when I do,... Read more
This was the childhood home of my maternal grandmother - Louise Kate Leftwich - her father was the miller. She lived here until 1903 when she married George Barnes and came to settle in South Africa. Various members of the family have visited the Manor Farm in the last twenty years and have been received most hospitably. It has been beautifully restored. The view from the other side of the mill pond is still exactly the same as the one in the photo.
William Stonard and Alice West lived in this house (called "Swallow Cottage"). They lived here from before 1901, through to William's death in 1935. William Stonard is my great-great-grandfather on my mother's side. Alice, his wife, was the village midwife.
I remember my dad taking me to the White Hart Pub in Pirbright in the sixties, dad took great delight in telling me that it was the only pub he was ever barred from whilst a young Guardsman at the nearby Guards Depot in Pirbright.
Bakers Gate, And Pirbright Village
I was born at Bakers Gate, (which is oppsite the "research station), in 1939. I moved away in 1959. My parents continued there until they retired and went to live at 3, The Terrace in the village. Bakers Gate was my world, until I went to school at Pirbright in 1944. There were no other children to play with, my cousin Margaret came with her grandfather sometimes, they too lived in the village. Durng the war years I had the freedom to roam the whole property, and even when the owners returned, they were often away, leaving me free to enjoy the front gardens. We lived in the House for a time during the war, there were two land girls, Doreen and Agnes, as there were vegetables grown to sell locally. I used to go through the hedge to the farm, how I loved the shire horses, and I was sometimes sat on one. When I was older my friend Heather, who lived at Pullens, on the research station, and I... Read more
Baker Family History
Early ancestry of John Baker and Cathrine Ockley Baker from Worplesdon was in Pirbright. John Baker's father, another John Baker, was married and lived in Pirbright in the 1570-1590 period.
The Bullen Family in Pirbright
Research has shown that Pirbright was the home for many of my relatives. Edwin Bullen and his wife Sarah resided at White Acre Cottage and 29 Railway Junction was the home of George and Charlotte Bullen. George and Charlotte had eight children, their names were Harriet, Caroline, Elizabeth, Francis, Henry, Edwin, Arthur and George. The year 1755 is my earliest record of a Pirbright resident. They were William and Elizabeth Bullen and their seven Children. Are the addresses I have mentioned still in existence? Perhaps somebody knows.