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This is one of the numerous large country homes which were constructed in this favoured part of the Surrey hills during Queen Victoria's reign. In spite of the venerable-looking creepers festooning the mock-Tudor brick and terracotta structure, Abinger Hall was only built in 1872 by Alfred Waterhouse. The flourishing cedar of Lebanon on the right of the upper terrace of the garden, like the surrounding pine trees, clearly found the topography and climate to its liking.

Other Memories from Abinger Hammer

I remember well taking the bus up from Westcott with my grandmother on a Sunday afternoon in the 1940's to have tea and cakes at Grimm's Kitchen right opposite the famous clock in Abinger Hammer .

i was born in guildford in 1986 and my parents had just taken over abinger post office and stores this is the house in the middle of the photo with all the ivy (that wasnt there in my time) the window above the shop was my parents room the spare room and the lounge are the rooms to the left. i loved living here and have many great memories of going to abinger village school, fishing in the stream, playing on the ...see more

Added 28 December 2007
As children in the 60s we used to be taken by our grandparents to Abinger Hammer sometimes on Sunday afternoons. Even if we'd been playing on the green and messing about in the stream we had to look after our Sunday best in order to have tea later at Grimes' Kitchen. We had to have sandwiches first in order to be allowed afterwards to choose cakes from a two-tier stand. As I remember, there ...see more

Now, sadly, the Abinger Arms Public House is closed. This view, if taken by the same point, has not changed at all, apart from a bit more traffic coming via Guildford to Dorking and vice versa.

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